Winning as a commodity is in desperate short supply in our lives. It isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. That’s the reason why I liked the U-boat metaphor in the expression “if you sink, sink like a submarine”. It exhorts us to triumph against all odds and resurface. While winning is important, we should build resilience to face defeat.
Winning is important because it validates excellence. It blunts the naysayers. The winner displays an energy that only he knew existed. While in the trenches, skeptics stare him down with the spiteful expression – “what makes you think you are unlike the rest of us, you idiot”. The mainstream majority is so awash with egomania that doesn’t easily recognize the winner’s right to be different. All is fine if he joins them, loses all exclusivity, never rises above mediocrity. Trudge along – is the norm.
Achievers don’t really conquer anything more than their own worst fears and self-doubts. Winning needs a good combination of gut instinct as well as strategy with dollops of positive outlook and self-estimation. They start on some impulse that gets iterated gradually. The scathing derision from all around can hurt while starting out. Face up to it and it fades away. Then you are on your own, on the path to victory leaving all else behind, way behind.
That scares them. Know why? Short-term thinking and risk aversion dominate this planet. A person like me who embraces intelligent risk and thinks decades ahead doesn’t fit in very well here. That was a bit of a problem for me when I was younger, but now I just embrace it. It’s simply who I am. I get all the support I need from my connection to my purpose and from feeling a sense that I’m working to serve all that I believe in. The whole world could turn against me, and it wouldn’t make me want to give up. It would probably just inflame me more. I never get discouraged because I believe my approach to life will produce some amazing results in the long run. It’s only a matter of time. I overcome fear of risk by tapping ever more deeply into what I love most. The thought of taking a risk produces excitement instead of anxiety.
Go find an intelligent risk you can take today. Most likely it won’t pan out. But what if it does? Celebrate either way because no matter what the outcome, you’ll gain courage just by making the attempt. Recognize that there is no safety in passivity either.