Habits of Winners – Luke de Jong

1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Wayne Bennett, an NRL coach, and arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time, has coached 760 games, 469 wins, and still counting! So he knows about winning and losing. He says:

  • “I’ve always been able to live with failure but I’ve never been able to live with not doing the best that I could.”
  • “When a winner fails, he trains harder while a loser blames others. When a winner makes a mistake he says: ‘I was wrong.’ A loser says: ‘It wasn’t my fault.’”
  • “The winner says: ‘There ought to be a better way to do it. Loser says: ‘That’s the way it’s always been done here.’”
  • “A winner feels responsible for more than his job. A loser says: ‘I only work here.’”

So let’s look at some habits of winners.

Winners are:

Prepared – Take the supplies needed.

2 Timothy 4:2 –  Says we need to be ready in season, out of season.

It’s not about side stepping the enemy, and stealing is what he does, and that often means we don’t know what that looks like or when it is going to happen but we can be prepared for it.

Practical: Look at your week for the first 30 mins on a Monday and map it out.


Positioned – With others to help you succeed.

2 Chronicles 20:17 – Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

Being positioned is about: Right people, Right place, Right Time.

Take a look around the room, take a look around your life, this is who you get to stand shoulder to shoulder with in the battles of life, in the victories of life. Who are you positioned with? Who are you doing life with?


Purposed – What do you see and have in your heart?

Daniel 1:8 –  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies.

The difference between doing a job and being called to fulfil the mission. Let’s not be leaders that just do a job, that just complete a task list, but let’s be leaders that live our days fulfilling the mission and purpose for lives.

And do you know what your next step is? And what about those you lead? Do you know what their purpose is, what their next step is?


Propellers – For the team to win it requires engagement.

1 Corinthians 12:18-20 – But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.

The body works by each part engaging with each other, and the same goes for the vision at LIFE; we all have a part to play and in turn a responsibility to engage and propel what God is doing forward.

Do you fully understand what your part is? Or are you trying to play somebody else’s part?


Pliable – Ability to adapt quickly.

For many this is a work in progress. When you want flexibility you don’t just touch your toes straight away. No, it takes time and commitment to stretching that allows you to get to that point.

Romans 12:2 – Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

FLEXIBILITY is necessary. At LIFE we change, and we deal with it. That old saying is very relevant, that the only constant is change. So we have to increase our flexibility as leaders, as we know there will always be change if the church is to move forward.


Persevere – Despite the obstacle there is a commitment to victory.

Hebrews 10:35-36. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

“If you lose your hope, you will lose your horizon.” – Ps Paul de Jong

Winners have an ability to persevere no matter what is in front of them. As leaders there will always be obstacles we need to overcome, mountains we will need to climb. So if we are committed to victory when we must be committed to persevere.


Producer – The end result of it all is fruit.

John 15It talks of producing fruit, more fruit, and fruit that would remain.

It’s a commitment to the vine that enables the branch to produce fruit. It’s our commitment to Jesus that causes our leadership and lives to produce everlasting fruit.

I have learnt in my own life and leadership, that not just a commitment to Jesus is required, but if I am called to this, I will have a commitment to my senior pastors no matter what!

Sure seasons change, BUT I believe God has called LIFE to big things, therefore, a better job opportunity, a grass is greener on the other side mentality, a this is too hard for family DOESN’T come into it because I have seen time and time again that when I put God’s house first, I never miss out as! He will always cause there to be fruit as a result.

Joshua 24:15: But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.


Luke de Jong
Executive & South Campus Pastor

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