Winning

We’ve all heard the recent rants and raves of Charlie Sheen, former star of  the hit series, Two and a Half Men.

While being interviewed and asked if he is bi-polar, Sheen chuckled and replied, No. I’m not bi-polar.. I’m bi-winning. I win here and there.After the interview, the term, “winning” soared in Facebook statuses and even turned into a Twitter hashtag (i.e. #winning.)

The term can still be seen on tweets and statuses from your next door neighbor, to teen pop sensation, Justin Bieber and NFL wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco.

Everyone wants to win. We are raised with the winner-loser mindset. No matter where you live on the planet, it is instilled in you to win.  So, what does winning really look like? How do we measure winning?

In the world of sports, it’s easy to know who is winning, but in the game of life it’s a little bit harder.

I’m sure you have seen the bumper sticker “He who has the most toys in the end wins.” Charlie Sheen would buy into that philosophy, but that’s really not winning.

So then, what constitutes winning?

 

 

Winning Requires Vision:

People who win in life have a strong sense of purpose and mission. They know what’s important. They have a clearly defined vision. Winners know who they are, why they are here, and what they are going to do with the only life they have to live. Their vision encompasses personal integrity and family priorities. Their vision affects and empowers others and allows them to be the best they can be. Winners live out their vision, not just dream about it. Winning requires vision.

 

Winning Requires Prioritization:

If you’re going to win, you must set clearly defined priorities and focus on what really matters. Winners separate what must be done from what should be done. What is absolutely essential, not just what’s important. You will never win trying to do everything. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life and in the churches I have pastored is doing many things good, but only few things great. We must leave the buffet of lots of things and concentrate on the steak. Stephen Covey said “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Winning requires getting your priorities straight. Tomorrow, I will give you 3 more ways to win but for now.. Are you winning?

 

 

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