POSITIVE SELF DIMENSION
As we enter the 21st century, innovators and visionaries will replace the predators and intimidators. Independence will be replaced by interdependence. The winners will be champions of cooperation rather than tooth-and-claw competition. The most competitive force is to always give more in the service you render than you expect to receive. Rising expectations of developing nations and consumers make it mandatory that we never rest on our past laurels or take success for granted.
The eagle is the symbol for quiet power and scope. We must open our lenses, like the eagle, to see the forest and the trees, and to spot opportunities to create synergy by joining individual parts of our lives to make a greater more dynamic whole person – a person who understands the meaning of team and time.
Winners live by the win-win ethic because their security is not based on externals. If your self-esteem is based on externals, your work or your wealth is your worth; a setback becomes a failure; someone else’s win means your loss; and if you aren’t number one, then you’re no good. But for true champions, a loss is a learning experience; and failure, like fertilizer, makes things grow faster in the future. Over time, good seeds, planted in good soil, yield fruit.
If you have internal strength, external setbacks won’t keep you down very long.
Denis Waitley – The Psychology of Winning.