Winston Churchill once wrote, “The price of
greatness is responsibility” I have based a lot of actions in life
to his quote. The same
goes in tournament fishing at all levels from local, state, national
and pro competition. You
must take on all responsibilities to achieve any price of success.
This article will refer to life and you can refer it to your
A great majority of anglers grossly
underestimate their capacity to think, act, determine and shape
their own futures. Unfortunately,
most people still believe their lives are determined by chance, fate
and circumstances. They
have not learned that everything in our lives is governed by law and
not by LUCK. We reap
the harvest that we ourselves have sown.
As a tournament angler you must accept 100% responsibility
for your life, your success, your mediocrity, or your failure.
We make our own choices. We are free to choose our own
direction. We must
believe that our future is solely and completely within our own
hands. Our success in
life and in fishing is determined by our choices, our dedication,
our determination, our will, and our persistence and not by
accidents of fate or luck.
As a professional angler you must take
responsibility for your awareness, attitude, creativity, values,
goals, focus, time, sense of humor, commitment, persistence,
preparation, determination, honesty, loyalty, knowledge and service
before you will ever reap the rewards.
Are you still with me?
Once you accept absolute responsibility for
your actions, those circumstances begin to improve.
Eliminate Excuses. You
will find yourself becoming more persistent, more courageous and
more determined to win in life and in fishing.
Ultimately, you are the one who is responsible for you. Everything you are or ever will be is up to you.
You are the master of your own fate.
People place responsibility for the events in
their lives either within themselves, internally, or outside of
them, externally. Losers
tend to be external, placing responsibility on someone else.
Sadly, they actually believe someone else is responsible for
their fate. On the other hand, Winners tend to be highly internal.
They have an almost irrational belief in their own ability to
control events, to make things happen.
And because they believe that, they actively make things
happen because they know they are in control of their own destiny.
Winners discipline themselves to keep their
minds calm, clear and balanced.
They do not blame others.
Losers never accept responsibility: Winners always do.
When things go well for losers, they attribute it to luck. When things go poorly, they blame it on the system, lake,
fish or the weather. Winners
take both the credit and the blame for what happens to them.
They are always making progress.
Winners look to the future and Losers look to the past.
We all have problems, but happy, successful
people have a positive attitude toward their problems as
opportunities for challenge, growth and development.
When things go wrong, they do not complain about the way the
world is or the bite is. They
seize a learning opportunity. They
ask themselves “What can I do? What have I overlooked? Where have
I miscalculated? What
can I do to correct and improve my catch? Successful people and fisherman do not waste time sulking
over their fate. They
do not wait for someone else (or GOD!) to solve their problems. They aggressively look for solutions, options and actions
that can take immediately.
Successful anglers place no limits on their
capacities for living, for fishing, for contributing and for
enjoying their own career and life.
You are all responsible for what you are and what you will
become. To many people,
that’s threatening. But
the truth is, we’re all self-made, even though only the successful
will admit it. Everyone,
not just a chosen few, can reach the highest levels in life and in
fishing if they make the choice to Locate, Catch and Win.
Brent “Brody” Broderick