Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Blog | April 9, 2018
WORLD champions in sport often possess equal physical strength and capabilities and receive training of an almost equal standard. Then why does one win and another lose? This question was a topic of research in the United States of America for some time. The group of scientists working on this project submitted their report which was widely circulated in the media.
For their study, the scientists chose top ranked international wrestlers and made comparisons of their physical strength and psychological reserves. They found out that there is one marked difference between the winners and the losers in world competitions. This difference was not physical but played the most crucial role in winning or losing a competition. The experts found that the winners were more conscientious and in control of themselves than the losers. Successful wrestlers were differentiated from unsuccessful wrestlers by being more confident, believing they were close to their maximum potential, and attention focusing ability. Their report was summed up thus:
“Losers tended to be more depressed and confused before competing, while the winners were positive and relaxed.”
This applies equally to the broader field of life. In life when two individuals or two groups confront one another, their victory or defeat does not depend so much on material resources as on intellectual and psychological reserves.
The conviction that one’s goals are worthwhile, the observation of discipline with no contradiction between words and thoughts, cool thinking even in times of crisis—all these are qualities of mind and heart which determine success, and obviate failure in the wider field of life.