The Will To Win




In sports and may be even in life, winning is not everything but the will to win is everything.

The will to win

The will to win

I am sure right from the childhood days, we would have heard this many a times in class rooms, home, speeches, chats and more that “When there is a will, there is a way”. But the truth is how many of us have really remembered this other than while writing it in exam papers or speaking with others? Not many. But those who remembered and did it had always, always stood separately from others.

The will, the heart where good things like love, passion, humanity, brave starts is also the same place where bad things like fear, hate, cruelty, despair starts. The legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi once said, “The difference between successful person & others is not the lack of knowledge or strength but the lack of will”. You could have seen the “Will” in the fielding of Australia and South Africa cricket team players who are willing to dive for balls that are few yards away from them even in the 3rd session of the test match or in the determination of Manchester United and Barcelona team players effort to search for win even when they are man down or in the hard work of Lance Armstrong who won record seven Tour de France title after being diagnosed for testicular cancer or in the braveness of Ayrton Senna driving fast through the corners of F1 tracks in wet conditions or in the love of the Afghanistan people towards cricket that took them to the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2011 or in the passion of Leander Peas who against all odds won the bronze medal for India at 1996 Atlanta Olympic. All those persons had achieved tremendous success and set benchmark on their respective sport or nation or fans.

The will is such a powerful weapon that can turn losers into competitors into winners. When a cricket team who even on the blink of losing the match still produces some splendid stops and bowls their heart out on the field, walks out on par with the winning team. The rules of the cricket may say they didn’t won but the hearts of both the players and fans knew they are not the losers. The kind of a person can be known only when how he takes the hard situation either as despair or hope. Inevitably the person with hope is the one who is going to make the progress atleast close to the level of success that he wanted.

In a team sport, more often than not the hope of single player had paved the way for the impossible wins like Andy Bichel innings against New Zealand in the 2003 world cup match, Brain Lara 153* in 1999 Barbados test match and Maradona magic’s in 1986 world cup . Hope is like fire in forest that catches your team mates quicker than you think. Hope is very important in the individual sport that the struggle of Roger Federer to his first French Open title win is the story of will to win.

Had Senna quit after 1981 world title loss, Formula 1 would have never reached the level it is now. Had Sourav quit the cricket after being dropped for 4 years since making his debut at 1992, India would be still dreaming about world cup win. Lose is not the end rather it’s a hurdle to cross in the journey to success.

You ask, read and try, the great success are always achieved on the back of the will to win theory. The word possible is the road for a will. Whatever you do whether it’s a sport like playing cricket or it’s a moments in life like chasing dreams, never ever lose the heart to try. Once you have learnt to quit than it will become a habit. So always try for win from any situation because it teaches you what you need to be winner.

I have the will to win! Do you?

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