Did you ever play tug-of-war as a child? We all know that game; in our mind, we all have a side we seemed to be on regularly. I was always on the side of the weaker group. We were going down every time and we knew it.
Imagine what it was like to be on the other side where, no matter who you were up against, you knew you had more strength. Well, this goes back to the old statement of “work smarter, not harder.”
In my years, I’ve learned that I may not be the most physically strong person, but I’ll become mentally strong by using my mind to find a solution. It’s not all a rope-pulling contest anymore; now it’s a contest to see if I can succeed.
The difference in my games now is I have learned the ropes to success, not by working to overpower the others, but by working to compete against myself. I still have to learn every day; every time I’m successful, it gives me a new level that I must work to beat.
That is why we call this “learning the ropes,” so you can master the idea that you can win every time – just like the stronger group did as a kid. They knew they could win because they had the physical power to out-pull us.
It reminds me of the ‘80s movie, Revenge of the Nerds. The games they played were sometimes physical, but some were just about working mentally smart. That gave them the edge to win over the physical teams. Why? They knew they had the brains to think through the problems.
So today remind yourself that once you find the mind power to work smart, you will then be at a place of winning. Find the ropes you need to learn for personal success.