When it all comes down to the last play and everything is on the line, who are you going to give the ball to?

Are you going to give it to the teammate that occasionally makes a big play or shows a glimmer of brilliance here and there?

No way…

You give the ball to the guy or gal that excels and plays their absolute best when the stakes are highest – the one that thrives on the biggest stage and isn’t afraid to put themselves out there no matter the result.

You give the ball to a winner… because winners win.

Are you putting yourself out there when the game is on the line or are you hiding on the field and hoping that the play doesn’t come your way?

The winner will always want the ball. They will want the pressure, the challenge, and the opportunity for glory, and gladly accept the chance of failure.

“You’ve gotta want the ball… you’ve gotta want the opportunity for glory or total disaster” – Tom Bilyeu

This mindset isn’t brought about by a sense of ego or arrogance.

It exists because of the immense time and preparation that these individuals invest in their craft.

They want the ball because they’ve practiced every possible scenario over and over again in their mind and out on the field. Their blood, sweat and preparation have put them into the best possible position to reach out and grab greatness… take the victory out of the hands of the other team.

There is no fear – only confidence. However being confident doesn’t guarantee success…

For as many examples of this person stepping onto the podium after the game and talking about their success, there are likely even more examples of that individual taking it on the chin from coming up short.

And the beauty of it all, is that they wouldn’t have it any other way.  The winner ALWAYS bets on themselves in victory or defeat.

Are you ready to go all in and bet on yourself?

The critics call these people lucky. I personally don’t believe in pure luck, and I doubt the winner does either.

What those watching in the stands call luck, the winner sees as the intersection between opportunity and preparation.

Yes, there is an element of luck in the sense that the opportunity presented itself in that moment.  However only those who put in the time and preparation are ready to strike and make the most of the opportunity.  Their luck is a direct result of all their hard work  when no one is watching.

So to that end, I would hope that we all embrace that kind of luck – built on the discipline and awareness needed to play at our very best when it’s the last play and everyone is looking around to see who wants the ball.

This world needs more people who want to take the ball regardless of the outcome.

This world needs more people who are ready and willing to play bigger… to reach for glory and be willing to accept disaster.

As we embark on a new week, let’s ask ourselves if we are truly playing to win… instead of playing not to lose.

Let’s open our eyes to the opportunities that are waiting for us – let’s be ready to strike and capitalize because of all the time we’ve invested in our craft.

This week, challenge yourself to play brilliantly and without fear.

Demand the ball, and elevate your game when it is all on the line.

See yourself as the winner… because winners win.

So… Are you ready to push fear aside, step onto the field, and put yourself into the spot light to be a winner?

Discussion Question:What can you do within your discipline and craft to take your game to the next level and become the go-to player on your team, in your company or within your industry?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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