20 “Life battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.” A poem by Walter D. Wintle
Sports psychology reveals that only 10% of anyone who lines up at a race believes they can win. In a field of 120 riders, that’s 12 who think they have a shot for victory. If you want to win then you narrow your focus like the 10th percentile or so capable of it. As you gain this strategic awareness of winning versus podium versus placing versus finishing versus participating, you should be developing all aspects of winning.
Winning isn’t magic. It’s a package of practiced thought and action that leads to an expected end. You don’t do the same non-winning things over and over and believe that suddenly a win will come. You must target the tools in the package that lead to a win and then utilize those tools over and over until winning is mastered.
This is one reason why you see the same riders year after year who win and the same riders year after year placing 2nd and 3rd behind them. A winner masters the skill of winning and stays consistent in its practice. This isn’t some ephemeral intangible like luck or chance. It is 1st place preparation from mind to body to technology to strategy to spirit to lifestyle. Providential opportunity does play an important role no doubt but at least some aspects of opportunity we create. Few can take the many steps that lead to that top step.
I don’t believe everyone’s purpose is to be the winner of a bike race. It’s important to determine if your purpose includes finishing first. All are meant to win but not all are meant to finish first or capable of it on the bike. Facing this reality may not occur quickly, and some winners are made over time. Some will never finish first and adjusting accordingly to this reality sets you up to be a winner in life. However, here’s a strong urging to those capable of winning bike races: start thinking and training like a conqueror.
Prayer for Victory
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 21Philippians 3:14
We are glad that we have a heavenly mandate to strive for winning! For those called to win bike races, we pray for victory in bike races. We ask for victorious lives for all.
Ponder Do I have what it takes to win races or is my effort best spent in another activity? Affirm I am where I can win. Watch for the win when your purpose and your pursuits line up.
20Excerpted verse from the poem, “The Man Who Thinks He Can” by Walter D. Wintle from Best-Loved Poems 1997 by Ideal Publications, a Guideposts Company. Little is known about this poet yet he distinguished himself because of positive thinking.
21The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society