Helping you get the most out of your life is what I love to do. If you've read my book or heard me speak, you know that I'm all about helping people bring their A-Game to everything they do in life. Did you know that a person can never fully bring their A-Game if they have a "loser" mentality? If they go through life always saying things like "I'll never win first place" or "I'm not good enough to be a success," will they ever reach the point of achieving their goals and dreams? I believe that you have to have a winning mindset to be able to achieve what's important to you.
We all hear about what a "winning mindset" should be like. People with "winning mindsets" are more likely to be actively involved in the things that matter most to them. They're more likely to be happy, healthy, and wealthy. But when it gets down to it, what exactly is a winning mindset? Is it a one-size-fits-all kind of concept, where you have to "fake it until you make it"? Or is a winning mindset a different kind of approach-where each of us has our own certain attitude that propels us closer to the successes that make our lives more meaningful?
You may disagree with me here, but I'm willing to stick my neck out and say it's a bit of both. Winning in and of itself is a finite concept with infinite connotations. In other words, winning can mean earning a job promotion or blue ribbon at a cake baking contest, placing first in the 400-meter dash or even just getting up in the morning when your body is screaming for you to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head.
The bottom line is that winning always means pushing yourself to be your very best. So in a practical sense, a winning mindset blends together the traditional definition of "winning" (being your best) with your own personal spin on things (being your best at the things that matter most to you). For example, a winning mindset for a top amateur or professional athlete means having the attitude that allows her to train for hours each day and eat a nutritious diet. On the other hand, a winning mindset for a cancer patient means having the strength to live his life each day and continue doing the things he loves without letting illness take over his life. In that respect, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all winning mindset-and the sooner you embrace this realization, the sooner you can find the winning mindset that will unlock your potential.
So what does a winning mindset mean to you? What are you trying to get out of life, and what steps must you take to ensure that you will achieve those goals and dreams that you've set for yourself? I encourage you to take some time today and write down those things you are trying to accomplish and the mindset that it will take to help you be a winner in each of those areas. Once you eliminate your "stinking thinking," you will then be on your way to being successful and bringing a "winning mindset" to everything you do!