I believe there are three kinds of people. There are winners,

who know what they want and understand their potential and

the possibilities. They take life on.

Next are losers, who don’t have a clue as to who they are.

They allow circumstances to shape their lives and their self-image.


I believe there is a third group as well. This consists of

potential winners whose lives are just slightly out of

alignment. I call them wayward winners. It may be that they

just need to learn how to be real winners. Perhaps they’ve

hit a bump or two that has knocked them off course and they

are temporarily befuddled. A failed relationship, a lost job,

financial problems, unformed goals, a lack of parental support,

illness, many things can send us off course temporarily.


Wayward winners are not lost souls; they just need some

tweaking and coaching and nudging to get them back on course.

A map might be nice. Many of these wayward winners are easily

identifiable because they are always searching.


Right now, there are many wayward winners out there braving

rain, sleet and snow because they too still believe that they

have untapped talents. They attend motivational seminars and

listen to inspirational tapes and they plunge onward,

believing that sooner or later they will find their way again.


Other wayward winners have temporarily given up. They are

damaged and disoriented, their confidence badly eroded. They

tend to drift through life numbly. The friends and relatives

and loved ones of wayward winners see that they are out of sync

and wonder why they can’t be satisfied, why they don’t settle

down. They wonder how people who have such obvious abilities

and great potential can be so disoriented and unsure.


It is difficult for others to understand the rawness of a

broken heart or the aching emptiness of an unguided spirit.

You and I know. We have been there. Wayward winners know that

there are possibilities out there, but too often they feel

locked out from them. Some are afraid to risk any more because

of what they have risked and lost already.


I know now that as difficult as it may be for you wayward

winners to do, it is necessary to continue to test yourselves.

Even though you have been hurt before, it is the only way to

grow. We all have the capacity to change, to lead meaningful

and productive lives by awakening our consciousness.


You know there are going to be tough times as you go about

changing your life, so brace yourself and you will be able

to handle them. When you get into your seat on an airplane,

what is the first thing they tell you to do? Fasten your seat

belt. Brace yourself for the turbulence.


When you decide to move your life to the next level of

accomplishment, you must fasten your mental and spiritual

seat belts because it is going to be a while before you reach

that comfortable level again. You will reach it, but you

must endure the turbulence of change in order to grow.


Try this technique to help you through the difficult times

of change and growth. Find four reasons why you cannot succumb

to your fears and your troubles. Find those deep sources of

motivation that can lift you out of the turbulence and above

the clouds. You must change your life because, for example:


You have not yet tapped the talents given you.

You want to leave something more for your children.

You want to live life rather than letting life live you.

You want to do what makes YOU happy.


It is in these rocky early moments of bringing change to your

life that you discover who you are. In the prosperous times,

you build what is in your pocket. In the tough times, you

strengthen what is in your heart. And that is when you gain

insight into yourself, insight that leads to self-mastery

and an expansion of your consciousness as a life force in

both your personal and professional lives.


Author: Les Brown


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