LIFE CHAM­PION: win­ning traits you need to know


Australian Natural Bodz - - Contents - by STEVE JONES

Every­one wants to achieve suc­cess! In this is­sue Nat­u­ral Bodz Edi­tor Steve Jones shares some in­sight into what is re­quired to reach new heights of suc­cess across all av­enues of life. Part one in a self devel­op­ment series.

The win­ner takes all, win at all costs, winners are grin­ners. I am sure you have ei­ther heard or read these quotes at some stage in your life. We all love to win; it ’s pro­grammed into us from early child­hood, when we use to play board games with our fam­ily and friends, when we took part in sport­ing events in high school. In the aca­demic world we aim to have the high­est grades in the class, or achieve the high­est ac­co­lades in our cho­sen field. In the fit­ness in­dus­try we want to be­come the best and take home that win­ner’s tro­phy. How­ever, what is the true def­i­ni­tion of a win­ner and what are the com­mon traits that all winners, or we could say suc­cess­ful peo­ple have in com­mon.

Over the last 30 some­thing years I have had the op­por­tu­nity to meet and ob­serve a lot of peo­ple, I have owned and op­er­ated 3 gyms across the globe, com­peted in over 100 body­build­ing events, met a host of busi­ness own­ers through my cre­ation of my own sup­ple­ment brand. I am a big be­liever in ob­serv­ing the ac­tions of oth­ers and tak­ing this in­for­ma­tion and us­ing it to shape my fu­ture and help­ing oth­ers. This ar­ti­cle is the first part of a self devel­op­ment series.

Are there winners and losers, or suc­cesses and fail­ures? As cruel as it may sound the an­swer is yes. But it’s not all bad. One can’t ex­ist with­out the other, and nei­ther is per­ma­nent. How we per­ceive suc­cess and fail­ure, or win­ning and los­ing is the most im­por­tant factor in life, or I should say liv­ing a life of in­ner peace and har­mony.

I am not go­ing to go off on some kind of self-help cult like be­lieve in yourself pitch as we have heard all that be­fore. Some peo­ple pay thou­sands of dol­lars to be told that their mind is bro­ken and needs fix­ing and go­ing to one of these guru wor­ship “I can do any­thing” sem­i­nars is go­ing to solve all their imag­i­nary prob­lems. For starters I want to share some points with you that will change the way you think and feel about both suc­cess and fail­ure.

You are not bro­ken

First off, stop feel­ing sorry for yourself. You are not bro­ken, the only thing that needs fix­ing is the way you per­ceive. Don’t let any­one tell you other­wise, no mat­ter who they are. You are unique and have ev­ery­thing within you to suc­ceed. All you need to do is learn to ac­cept and learn from “ev­ery­thing” that hap­pens to you in life. And I mean ev­ery­thing. Be­cause ev­ery­thing takes us closer to where we want to be, but only if we learn from it. In fact our big­gest lessons come from our fail­ures not our suc­cesses. So suc­cess can’t ex­ist with­out fail­ure, win­ning can’t ex­ist with­out los­ing. So just be­cause you have not won right now does not mean you can’t win in the fu­ture. The world and life it­self is a cy­cle. So let go of the thought that you are bro­ken in any shape or form.

Ac­cept­ing du­al­ity in life

Things hap­pen, that’s a given in life. Some good, some bad and this is never go­ing to change. You have to drop the thought that life is all wine and roses. It’s not and never will be.

The Chi­nese have had this cov­ered for thou­sands of years with the Yin and Yang. You know that black and white sym­bol that many think is just em­u­lat­ing the male and fe­male side of hu­mans. Not so. Ac­cord­ing to yin yang phi­los­o­phy, the uni­verse and ev­ery­thing in it are both con­stant and cycli­cal. In this in­fi­nite cy­cle, one force dom­i­nates and is then re­placed by the op­pos­ing force.

Ex­am­ples il­lus­trat­ing the yin yang phi­los­o­phy in­clude: • Life and death • Heaven and earth • Night and day • Dark and light • Health and sick­ness • Poverty and wealth • Suc­cess and Fail­ure • Cold and hot • Pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive

Photo by Steve Jones

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