Three minutes left in the game, ball on the twenty yard line. With eighty yards to go, a struggling offense and a quarterback that is tired and banged up, how can a team snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?

Going head to head against three of your biggest competitors can be a frightening situation. Chances are slim, so why bother preparing for the game when there is virtually no chance of winning?

You’re out numbered two to one. The enemy has surrounded your unit. You keep fighting throughout the night, despite exhaustion. Is it possible to turn the momentum of a battle when the odds are so stacked against you?

Winners are made, not born. We’ve seen the champion overcome great obstacles in life. Less than perfect surroundings, a troubled childhood, bad luck, no breaks; for many the list can be quite extensive. Yet they’re still able to hone their skills and develop leadership traits that position them to win. Turning adversity in your life into a winning formula… is the mark of a champion!

  1. Never lose OPTIMISM in the heat of the battle. The pivotal point of a contest will require an unbridled concentration and flow of positive energy. The percentage of a positive outcome diminishes greatly with every negative thought. The power and importance of a positive mindset should never be doubted, especially during the crucial moment of the contest.
  2. You will never cross the finish line if PERSEVERANCE is not front and center in your actions. Even under great adversity, the champion pushes forward. A battle worth winning is a battle worth fighting for. Expect distractions and dissension along the journey, but don’t let these obstacles discourage your final outcome. Never give up, but know when to save your ammunition for another day.
  3. The ENDURANCE factor can never be overstated. Ones ability to withstand setbacks and recover from fatigue or trauma will provide an incredible advantage over the competition. In sports, the saying is to “leave it all on the field.” In war, the saying is to “leave it all on the battlefield.” Go into the contest knowing that you’ll give 110%. To endure is to outlast and outsmart an enemy who may seem bigger or smarter.

Optimism, Perseverance, and Endurance are “marks of a champion.” Leave it all on the “field of life,” win or lose.