Success simplifiedFirst they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win!

–  Gandhi

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The Winning Streak

girlSome people have the fear of winning rather than the fear of failure. It is astonishing to see that how our mind construes and misconstrues our desires and our emotions. Examining them closely, you can take the example of a recent match you have won – Whether it is a tennis, squash, football or cricket match is irrelevant. You are reeling in joy about your latest victory,when suddenly at the back of your mind, you have a nervous anxiety about how you will uphold this victory. It is not about how others will look at your future success or failure, it is more about how you will look at it. Sometimes, this fear is so pronounced that you may deliberately avoid entering a competition or picking up a great challenge, just because, let alone what will happen if you lose, but God forbid, if you win it, what are you going to do next. There are two thoughts about this. For some people, there is nothing beyond the prevailing challenge. One it is achieved, they do not wish to go further. They prefer ‘resting in their laurels’ or ‘leaving when on a high.’ Sometimes, this could save one from eventual terrible bruises to the ego, in case of failure.

The fear of failure, on the other hand, could work to your advantage, if the fear is in moderation. It propels you to work harder, take calculated risks and prepare for obstacles. On the other hand, it could mitigate your risk taking ability completely, if even it is in pursuit of a much higher goal.

Victory and defeat, therefore, one can safely conclude are states of mind. If you are constantly in the state of victory, you mind responds accordingly. Perception changes, attitudes changes, there is a paradigm shift in observation, action and conclusion. The final result will always be a success!