Winning and losing are similar.  They are both habits.  One person may have all the advantages, all the luck, yet still doesn’t win in the game of life.  Another person could have everything stacked against them, yet still be a massive winner.

So to be a winner, you need to develop the habits that allow you to win consistently.

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In this article, I cover 9 habits that will help you become a winner in life.

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1. Set Goals

Winners set goals. They set goals that are motivating and exciting. They are also realistic with sensible deadlines.  They focus on the “what” rather than the “how” and have the flexibility to adapt their approach to achieve those goals.

Setting goals is really important to being a winner. You need to see the finish line to know where you’re going.

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2. Create Habits that Support Your Goals

In the early days, sheer passion and excitement can keep you going.  Then it’s down to discipline and willpower, but this will only go so far. Start to develop good habits. You can then rely on these habits to replace discipline and willpower.

When something is a habit, you will tend to do it anyway, even when you don’t feel like doing it.

For example, to lose weight, you will want to develop good eating and exercise habits.  To meet the man of your dreams, create a habit to talk to every attractive man you meet.

3. Get rid of things

There are lots of things in our life that get in the way.  These include possessions, activities, even other people.  You want to make room for success.  A great way to do this is to minimize the obstacles and distractions in your life.  Look at other things that could be getting in the way of what you need to be a winner in life.

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4. Get Help

You can achieve great things on your own.  However, you can achieve great things more quickly and easily with the help of others.  It can really help to work with someone that has already achieved whatever you’re striving for, whether that’s a coach, a colleague or a friend.

If you don’t have direct access to that person, then reading a book, listening to an audio or watching a video of someone that has achieved what you want is the next best thing.

It makes sense to get some help from someone that has already walked in the shoes you want to walk in.  You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.  Instead, take advantage of other people’s mistakes, so that you don’t make them yourself.

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5. Accept Responsibility

Accept responsibility for whatever happens on your journey. By taking responsibility it means you also have control. Even when you’re working with a coach or mentor, it’s still your responsibility to make the decisions that are right for you and take action on them.

6. Embrace Failure

Achieving anything meaningful in life is going to involve some failure along the way.  If you can change your perspective and think of this failure as feedback, then this will help you learn from what doesn’t work, without dwelling on it.

The more actions you take, the more successes and failures you will have.  To be a winner, do lots, fail lots and learn from each experience.

7. Use Your Time Wisely

Time is a great equalizer.  Kings, doctors, politicians, plumbers and refuge collectors all have 24 hours in a day just like you and I.

It’s important we use our time wisely and we focus on the things that are going to give us the biggest bang for our buck.  Are you spending your time wisely or wasting it?

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8. Keep Learning

In today’s rapidly changing world, knowledge helps us make the best decisions.  Learning keeps you moving forwards and ensures that your skills are up to date.

However, there is a fine balance between learning and action.  Sometimes learning too much can cause overwhelm and frustration, especially if you don’t have the time to apply it.

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So spend a few hours learning each week and remember to apply what you have learnt.

9. Persevere

Winners never quit.  Also, you can’t lose if you don’t quit!  Keep going.  It will happen and you will become a winner as long as you persist.

Practice this with small tasks that you don’t like doing such as cleaning or writing reports.  Keep at them until they have been completed.   The act of finishing them will help you form the habit to keep sticking at the larger goals until completion.

You will win when you have a goal, develop useful habits, and persist until success is achieved. Winning isn’t harder than losing. It’s just different. Begin today to cultivate the habits you need to win every time.

To your success