"ANATOMY OF A WINNER" By Dr. David Robinson and posted by Douglas Raine


 In 1960, Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in track at the Rome Olympics.  What many people don't know are the challenges she overcame to even get to the Olympics.

 In 1940, she arrived as a premature 4.5 pound baby--the 20th of 22 siblings.  At age 4, she had double pneumonia and scarlet fever leaving her leg paralyzed.  It wasn't until 9th grade that she took her first steps without a brace.

 During this very difficult start to life, Wilma's mother made her go down the path by their very humble home and move a large rock at least one inch every day.  She began to run to strengthen her legs.  In her first race in high school, she finished last.  As they say, the rest is history.

 Do you ever wake up, take a good look in the mirror and say, "No doubt about it, I am fearfully and wonderfully made?"  Or, "I'm not bad, average, maybe just above average?"  Being a winner begins with understanding you are unique--set apart by God, and given the DNA of a winner.  No matter your life experiences or success in life to this point, your anatomy is one of a winner.  God's Word says so in Psalm 139:14, "You are fearfully and wonderfully made."

 Here are the first three of the ten parts of the anatomy of a winner:

 I.  The heart of a winner--where all love issues are decided.  First, practice awareness, Who God is, who you are, and your value simply because you belong to Him.  Second, remain confident.  Confidence is not ignoring reality but confident that its, "Christ in you, the hope of glory."  Third, expect to win.  Expectations are more than aspirations, they are anticipated beliefs.

 "Never entered my mind I wouldn't hit that home run."   Babe Ruth

 II. The backbone of a winner--courage, keeps you in the battle.  Persevere, never entertain the idea you might not win.  Fifty percent of winning is believing you are everything God destined you to be and designed you to accomplish.  Know your strengths, they build your confidence.  Know your weaknesses, the build your faith in God.

 Attitude is everything; passion, patience, perseverance and flexibility all determine the strength of your backbone.  Don't leave home until your attitude (backbone) is adjusted properly.

 III. Muscles of a winner--your ability to sustain the battle.

 God only gives us one body.  Take care of it as the "House of God," and it will serve you well for a lifetime.

 "Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, Who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body." I Corinthians 6:19-20

 Sick, weak and worn out people are never a model of success. Winning in life requires more than the right attitude and great skills.  It requires a healthy body that will help you cross the finish line.

 "The pain you feel today is the strength you'll feel tomorrow.  For every challenge encountered, there is an opportunity for growth." Unknown