UPBEAT – Winners are grinners!!!

Edition 84 – First published 4 April 2011
Morning motivational by Clinton Jones, President, Central Park Toastmasters

Keeping up with the Joneses

“And representing New Zealand, please welcome… Clinton Jones”…and then I woke up, yes it was a dream but imagine if it was real?  There was a time where I was driven to represent my country, so what happened?

Those thoughts and that passion flowed back through my mind and my veins on Saturday as I attended the Auckland prepared speech contest. I watched Auckland’s best go head to head competing for the right to represent the city at the national final in May. I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up straight as I remembered competing and winning the same trophy on three previous occasions, the last time over a decade ago!  So what happened?

Saturday rekindled my desire to compete, reignited my passion for winning a national title and ultimately the right to represent my country at the World Championship of Public Speaking. I am so excited about planning an assault on the summit of the Toastmasters world, the pinnacle of presentation, the holy grail of oratory. Time to learn from the mistakes of the past, do the hard yards and leave no stone unturned in my quest to be the best I can be…look out world …so what happened?  Watch this space I say, to be continued…

Wow, so glad I made the effort to attend this meeting, sometimes we need to be reminded to continue to follow our dreams, never to lose sight of them or the passion required to persevere and achieve them… a message I felt worth sharing today. I hope you had an equally inspiring weekend with family and friends…Cheers Jonesey.

Harry the happy hound loved the extra daylight saving Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz bonus on Sunday!

Selling the sizzle

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”. Vince Lombardi

Winner vs Loser
The winner – is always part of the answer;
The loser – is always part of the problem;
The winner always has a programme;
The loser – always has an excuse;
The winner – says “Let me do it for you”;
The loser – says “That’s not my job”;
The winner – sees an answer for every problem;
The loser – sees a problem for every answer;
The winner – sees a green by every sand trap;
The loser – sees two or three sand traps by every green;
The winner – says “It may be difficult but it’s possible”;
The loser – says, “It may be possible buts it’s too difficult”.
Be a Winner!

Thank you for the awesome feedback from last week.  Speaking of winning, we had an amazing week closing a number of deals we had been working on. When you have some wins you get a winning momentum and it is easy for it to become a habit. It’s a great feeling being in the winning team, one you need to embrace and enjoy. Winning is a culture, winners develop and cultivate, it is infectious.

“Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Arthur Lydiard

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