Are you playing to win or playing not to lose?

Are you a winner or a wannabe?Successful entrepreneurs know there’s a big difference between playing to win and playing not to lose.

I reluctantly admit that in years past I became quite familiar with what playing not to lose looks like. Fortunately, those experiences now serve to alert me if I ever start wandering down that path again. That’s huge progress, because the unavoidable, absolutely essential first step in creating change is to become aware of what’s not working.

Do you wonder which side of this spectrum you fall on? Then consider the following symptoms of “playing not to lose”:

Do some of these hit home to the point where you’re cringing as you whimper “Ouch!”? If so, here are some steps you can take to start changing your default setting to “play to win”.

So what has been your experience with playing to win? Have you ever found yourself playing not to lose? If so, how did you turn that attitude around? Please let the rest of us know your successes and even your challenges; let’s get multiple good brains working on this together!

(BTW, thanks to Longs and Shorts for posting the trophy image in the Creative Commons section of Flickr.)

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