Mr Mandela with the World CupIn case you have not noticed, the 2010 Football World Cup started today.

Even if you have no interest in the game and find all the news coverage overwhelming, you can not deny the global appeal of the world’s biggest sporting event which happens every 4 years.

For me it is a very proud moment that the World Cup Finals are being held in Africa, the continent I was born in and for which I will always have a special affinity.

Also, sport has always been one of my passions and I find fascinating any sporting activity, whether individual or team, which tests human capacity for greater proficiency and striving.

What’s the appeal of the World Cup?

It’s a sheer carnival and the biggest multinational party on the planet – and best of all, it brings together people from all around the globe.

As with any mass gathering of people, you do have your fringe elements but at the end of the day the majority of people are there to enjoy a memorable life experience.

Then there are the football matches themselves – a supreme example of individual and team skills – and what human beings can aspire to.

No matter who wins in 4 weeks time, you can rest assured that there is a lot of drama and excitement to come before the new world champions are crowned.

What can you learn from the eventual champions to apply in your life?

A while back, I wrote a post about how to win the world cup of your own life.

So on the day the World Cup kicked off, I thought it was high time to share with you the many useful and relevant articles I have written since my original post.

Here are my tips for winning your own World Cup using the WORLD CUP acronym:-

1 . W – Winning attitude

Winning teams and individual believe in themselves. Reach for the stars and believe in yourself and remember that your attitude determines your altitude.

At the end of the day, in life you are not competing against anyone else. Just strive to do your best in everything you.

Strive for excellence, just begin

Always do your best and get used to “winning” against yourself  – that way you will quickly develop a winning habit.

Work hard and aim to win at whatever “game” you are playing.

2. O – Organisation

The team that wins the world cup will be supremely organised with each player knowing his role.

Get organised and first do the most important things in your life. Let go of any distractions / clutter and remain focused on your ultimate goal.

To start with, declutter your life – answer my 20 questions to simplify your life forever.

3. R – Responsibility

Winning players take on their duties and appreciate just what is at stake. Take responsibility for your own life – carry out your duties and fulfill your roles to the best of your ability. No hiding.

Take responsibility for your own life and for the greater world around you – remember that personal social responsibility is here to stay.

4. L – Leadership

Winning teams are usually full of leaders, taking others through thin and thick. Become a leader in your own life – and take yourself to the top. Indeed, everyone is a born leader – just grab the opportunity to shine.

Learn from the best leaders – who better than Gandhi and Mandela to start with?

5. D – Determination

Have the drive, belief and awareness that you can do what you want. Develop an iron resolve to remain focused on achieving your goal and always doing the best you can.

Remember my 10 simple tips for making it happen every day.

At the same time, also be a little selfish

6. C – Courage

It takes guts, audacity and flare to succeed at anything, and especially in the World Cup.

So keep going against the highest odds, believe in yourself and do not let anything stop you.

At the end of the day you area creating your legacy. Remember my 7 beliefs to build your life and your legacy.

7. U– Unity

Winning teams are united and focused on their end goal. Create a winning and united team around you to help you get to your own worthy goal.

Apply my 10 secrets for becoming likeable and learn how to be best of friends with everyone.

Atthe same time, remember to stop bending over backwards for other people all the time.

8. P – Persistence

Keep going against all odds and do not give up. Tenacity and sticking to it will take you a long way towards your goal.

Be like bamboo and reach for the sky.

At the same time, remember that you can get your goals with less pain and also that “no pain, no gain” is a myth.

May the best team win!

At the end of the day, no matter which team wins the World Cup, it promises to be a month of drama, entertainment and sheer excitement.

Like millions around the world, I am really looking forward to the coming days and weeks and even my fancied teams do not go far in the tournament, it will be a fun time.

In the same way, as you go through your life, enjoy the journey and remember that taking part and doing your best is ultimately more important than winning, whatever “winning” means to you.

The “Cup” or the honour you will give yourself is the knowing that you did your best and you reached for the stars.

So go out and win the World Cup for yourself in your own life.

Enjoy the World Cup everyone – and be sure to invite me to any parties you are holding:-)

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