Winning is a Learned Trait2 min read

Disclaimer: This blog was written before the Super Bowl.

As I watched two playoff games last week, I was struck by the matchups: Kansas City against the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens. Kansas City, having previously won the Super Bowl, knows the formula for victory. In contrast, Buffalo has consistently struggled in playoff scenarios, unable to clinch the big win when it matters most. This scenario may resonate with your business experiences—sailing smoothly until the crucial moment arrives, at which point finding the winning strategy becomes elusive.

Many teams, including Kansas City before their consistent wins, have navigated through the lessons of defeat. Understanding what they don’t want has helped them crystallize what they do want: victory. This process of learning from loss to define success is crucial.

In the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, the Ravens initially seemed to dominate, especially after their previous victory against the 49ers. However, the 49ers, seasoned by their Super Bowl appearance the year before, demonstrated their mastery of adaptation and teamwork at halftime. They reassessed their strategy, recognizing their potential to win and emerged victorious. The Ravens, on the other hand, faltered with mistakes—a clear sign of their struggle to reach the pinnacle of success.

The essence of winning transcends mere participation; it is a discipline, a learned trait honed through study, application, and mastery. It’s about having a blueprint for success that withstands the pressures of high-stakes situations. Both the 49ers and the Chiefs exemplify this, having been in the crucible of championship contention before, unlike the Ravens and the Bills.

Winning is not innate; it is cultivated through persistent effort, study, and application. Success stories and strategies abound, offering a blueprint for victory and, conversely, for failure. Embrace the discipline of winning, and when the spotlight shines brightest, you will be prepared to seize your moment.

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com