The Importance of Acting Like a Winner

Over the past 10 years, Chris Cook has spent his career in the construction industry. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Technology Management with an emphasis in Building Construction Management and Master's of Science in Project Management. He is an accredited PMP. Follow more of Chris's insights at his blog EntrePMeur.

Let me take you back to high school. Before a varsity basketball game, both teams sat opposite each other during the junior varsity games. Usually, the home team was in position first, then the visiting team came strolling through the doors. Do you remember the feelings you would get when that team came through the gym doors?

  • If you were supposed to beat this team, you looked at them with disdain (like, “Why did they even show up?”). Each player seemed short and scrawny; they had no chance of victory. A few players would have on letterman jackets, while others wore sweatshirts. In your mind, all seemed to be disjointed.
  • Now, flip the script. What did you think when the best team in the conference came through those exact same doors? They usually had matching everything—from their warmups to their gym bags to their shoes. They looked as relaxed as possible. The tallest players seemed to touch the ceiling just by reaching upward. You knew you were in for a long night.

You know why those feelings were different? Because winners act like winners. They dress for success. They are confident with heads held high. They have swagger. The losing teams looked like they had lost before the game even began.

Now, let's relate this on an organizational level. Dress codes exist for this very reason. Tuck your shirt in, stand up straight, and confidence …

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