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It is said that a winner’s attitude is the ability to focus on long-term goals even though their short-term results are not on track. This is more difficult than it seems. Too many people take their eyes off “the prize” when they experience a slow month or two and end up dwelling on the interim lack of results. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said, “the right attitude can transform a barrier into a blessing, an obstacle into an opportunity or a stumbling block into a stepping stone.”  Having a winner’s attitude is paramount for a heathy outlook on life.

At some point each of us will fight a battle and not all of us will win. Those who win have one thing in common:  a winner’s faith that refuses to give in to defeat. Throughout his life, the biblical King David had more problems and struggles than most. However, he refused to give up. He understood that the right perspective—the will to win, the desire to succeed and the urge to reach your full potential—was key to unlocking the door to personal excellence.

David said to God, “You armed me with strength for battle.” David understood that life could be a battle at times.  However, he also knew that the grace we receive from God will always be equal to the challenges we face–always and always! Lord Nelson, England’s famous hero of the sea, suffered from seasickness all his life. Yet this man who sank Napoleon’s fleet refused to let his personal struggles rob him of his destiny. He not only learned to live with his weakness, but to conquer it every day of his life.

All of us have our battlegrounds. And while nobody pins a medal on us for winning, nothing can diminish the satisfaction of knowing we did not quit or the joy of knowing we overcame by God’s strength. Keep this philosophy and you will reach the place of joy and happiness in your life. That is a winner’s attitude and with God’s help you can develop it.  Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten