7 Ways Underdogs Can Become Champions
By Kym Gordon Moore
What makes you apt to follow a champion over an underdog? Are you a fanatic about Superbowl, Wimbledon, World Series or Stanley Cup champions? Do you follow Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winners? Instinctively, most people follow champions. Why?
a) People want to know about winners
b) People tend to care less about losers and often find them uninteresting
c) People love champions
d) It takes no special set of skills to lose
Champions intrigue people because they have that “never quit” and confident attitude to strive and become the best in order to win. Yet, the underdog has a chance to become a champion and turn their losses into gains. Here’s how:
1. Non-winners must adapt that “what do I really have to lose” attitude and push themselves to reach beyond their comfort zone.
2. Underdogs start breaking the rules and develop a winning mindset, to keep fighting to the end and never give up.
3. Those who lose should start capitalizing on their opponent’s weak links by examining and targeting areas of advantage and opportunity.
4. Underdogs can’t continue to make it easy for champs to constantly knock them out of the competition.
5. Non-winners must analyze where their weak areas are and devise a savvy strategy that leads to victory.
6. Those at a disadvantage must decide to take the resources they have and build on them to become an attraction that will make people take notice and become the ones to watch!
7. Underdogs decide to think and behave like champions, by not tolerating mediocrity over excellence. They put a stop to that “woe is me” defeatist attitude.
Frankly, winning feels good. More importantly, the ability and will to exude excellence in order to come out stronger and more victorious in whatever vocation or situation you are in will be to your vantage point. The underdog cannot play by their opponent’s rules. They have to methodically out-think and outwit their adversary, analyze their plan of action, assess the situation, then have the guts, spirit and will to succeed. Savvy underdogs have the ability just like anyone else to turn their disadvantages into strategic advantages and their loses into wins.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is the administrator of the Tea and Poetry Book Club http://www.teaandpoetrybookclub.blogspot.com/, co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE and selected as one of the 2012 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.