Last Updated: 1st July, 2014
Karoly: The Winner Mind Set
A Must Read True Inspirational Story
Karoly was a sergeant in the hungarian army. In 1938 28 year old was the country top pistol shooter, having one most major national and international champion ship. He was -by a mile- the favorite to win gold at the 1940 Tokyo Olympic game. then, disaster struck.
At an army training session, a hand grenade accidentally exploded in Karoly’s hand. And blew it away his shooting hand. not only did his entire Olympic dream crash, He also lost a limb.
Why me? Karoly could have been excused asking the question most of us could have asked. You would understand it too if he followed in self-pity, and under stand able reaction for someone after such a tragic, turn of event. You would sympathies with him if he were to become a recluse, a living example of hoe faith can devastated the best-laid plans.
Oh No, not Karoly. He was made of sterner staff.
Instead of focusing in what he has lost-his right hand, his potentially gold metal winning hand- he choose to focus on what he still had. he has mental strength and a mindset of winner, the determination to succeed and yes a healthy left hand. A left hand which, he taught, he could train and transform into the world’s best shooting hand.
After a month in hospital, Karoly went out and, away from the glare of the world, began practicing to shoot with his left hand. Despite the pain his body still reeled under, Despite the strain the left hand had to undergo to also do all that the right hand had earlier done, He stayed focused on his goal : to make his left hand the best shooting hand in the world.
One year later, Karoly resurfaced at the national shooting championship in hungary. His colleagues were delighted to see him. They complimented him on his courage, and his fabulous gesture of coming over to see them shoot. But they were taken aback when Karoly told them that he wasn’t there to see them shoot, he was there to compete with them.
and compete he did. Infact Kalory won the championship. just one year after losing his right hand. He won with his left hand.
Karoly decision to practice quietly, away from scrutiny, was significant. It is easy for people to ridicule you for dreaming big. It is also very easy for you to stay afloat in your misery for a sympathy wave laps at you from all over.
Unfortunately for Karoly, His Olympic dream remain unrealized for a while, as two successive game where cancelled due to the world war.
In 1948, the Olympic came to London. Karoly was chosen to represent hungary in the pistol shooting event. and he won gold. Shooting with his left hand.
Imagine being a gold medal favorite, losing your shooting hand in an accident, at picking yourself up from the shattered mess, training your left hand to shoot as well or better, and going on to win the Olympic gold.
Four year later, Helsinki Olympic. pistol shooting event. who won gold? No surprise here. Karoly takacs.
That is the stuff champions are made of.
We all have moments in our life’s when we seem so close to glory but suddenly loose everything. when it seem that the world is conspiring to destroy us. our dream get shattered. we feel vanquished. Crushed. Beaten. Defeated. and we cried aloud, ‘ Why we ? ‘
When that happen, in of Karoly. Infact, think like him. Don’t worry about what you have lost. Focus on what you still have. Your inner strength. Your mental toughness. No one can take this away.
Don’t loose yourself to self pity. pick your self quickly. Momentum is key. Karoly was back on the practice range a month after the accident. When you are down, Think like a boxer: If you are knock down, you need to stand up in 10 sec or less. one extra second, and its all over.
Set yourself a goal and focus on achieving it. a goal helps channelize the mind and body to work on what need to be achieved, rather than looking back and worrying about past losses, about what might have been. when your minhd is flooded with negative thought, its not easy to wish them away. you need a positive thought- A goal- to replace and vanish negative thought.
Wining a gold medal in pistol shooting is less about the hand, more about the mind. Life’s like that. Wining is less about skill, more about attitude. Skill can acquired, as Karoly demonstrated with his left hand.
When you watch the next game of cricket or football, when you see the winner there, remember to Win something for yourself too.
Remember the Karoly mindset. the winner’s mindset!
We all have moments in our life’s when we seem so close to glory but suddenly loose everything. When that happen, Don’t worry about what you have lost. Focus on what you still have.
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