How To Develop A Winning Mindset
As a keynote speaker, I have had the pleasure of working with many world-class individuals and organizations. Although they were from diverse backgrounds and businesses, they all had something in common – A winning mindset! The word mindset is defined as, a mental attitude that predetermines a personal response and interpretation of situations. Another way of saying that is “Winning is more about how we choose to think versus the circumstances we face!”
Here are four characteristics that can help you develop and maintain a winning mindset.
1. Play to Learn
How do you maintain a winning mindset when you lose? Champions have the mindset that if they lose, they see it as a win because they learned something valuable. This allows them to interpret an experience that could be seen as discouraging, into one that fuels determination. Look at times in your life where you have failed. Would you take that experience back in exchange for the lessons you learned? Likely, the future success you have had in part can be attributed to the wisdom you gained from your previous setback. You win every time when you play to learn!
2. Risk = Opportunity
An integral part of a winning mindset is seeing opportunity and risk as partners. In other words, you can’t have one without the other. I always wondered how some people found the courage to continually take risks. It’s because they understand that being risk-averse also means being opportunity-averse. Once I understood this, it became must easier to try something new and step out of my comfort zone. Here is why; I realized that risk can produce butterflies, but passing up a great opportunity will make you sick! It is all about how you interpret risk and opportunity.
3. Winning happens during practice
The will to win begins with preparing to win. My tennis coach Tony Fisher used to say, “Practice like you compete, so you can compete like you practice.” Peak performers are always looking to better their best and they understand that practice is the difference between mediocre and magnificent! They continually improve because they not only practice when they feel motivated, but they also practice when they don’t feel motivated. The great Roger Federer says, “You don’t stop practicing when you are a champion because practice is why you are a champion.”
4. They Quit
People with a winning mindset make a habit of quitting! Now, I realize this seems a bit counterintuitive from what we believe about success. However, winners know to quit any attitude or action that is not moving them closer to their goals. They say, “DO” to whatever is contributing to their success and “NO” to whatever is delaying their success. Tim Ferris, author of Tools For Titans calls this creating your “Not-to-do” list. We are all busy; therefore, it is important that we separate what we could do from what we should do. This can only be accomplished when you have absolute clarity of your goals. Once you establish exactly where you want to go, there becomes a clear divide between what you could do and what you should do.
When an individual wins, we tend to look first at their external skills. However, the difference maker is what you can’t see, their inner character. These inner qualities are something we can all develop, nurture and benefit from. Think about it, you are the only one who decides how you respond and interpret your situation. Only you determine the quality and content of your thoughts! You have everything you need right now to embrace a winning mindset, so – Game On!