“In my experience, an effective mission statement basically answers one question: How do we intend to win in this business?” _Jack Welch, Winning
If you could only answer one question each day I’d recommend you be very clear on the answer to this question: What must I do to win today?
We all know that success does not happen overnight but we don’t always act like it.
Somehow it is easy to fool ourselves into thinking we can relax today and make it up tomorrow without it costing us. But the truth is, life is not like an exam—you can’t coast for most of a semester and then cram at the end and get a passing grade.
In life, there are no “throw-away” days—every day counts; you either win or lose, and the winner takes all. The loser never gets that day back.
That’s why I suggest you be clear every day on what a win looks like for that day, and what you have to do to ensure that you win.
As I write this I am sitting in a hotel room in Killeen, Texas. Sonja and I are visiting my son and his family. In a little while we will be driving over to Fort Hood (my son is an army chaplain and currently stationed at Fort Hood) to join Lee and Jennifer, and their three 99.9% perfect children at the Chapel service and then spend the day with them.
A win for me today will be to savor every moment with my family, for I know that even if I live to be a hundred, there will only be a very few days that I will be able to spend time with these precious people.
I know that my grandchildren will only be children a very few short years and thus I must make today count.
I know that there are no absolute guarantees that I will have another opportunity like today—I must seize this day.
Yes, there is something to win today…and there is also, something to lose.
I must not waste this day and its opportunities by being distracted with things that will not matter to me tomorrow or next year or at the end of my life. I must live this day to win!
And dear friend, every day is like this in some way. There are no make-up days, no “cram” days, or second chances; everyday counts; every day you win or lose.
- The ONE THING for today: Many people go through life never really knowing if they’re winning or losing. You be different! Every day, answer the question: What must I do to win today?
You will not win every day—no one does. But if you can string together enough winning days, you will have a winning season, and winning seasons turn into a winning life.
Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what [you] have worked for, but may win a full reward.
2 John 1:8 (ESV)