“The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome”, Geoff Colvin.
A winning mindset, like success in placements, isn’t handed to you. You have to build a winning mindset over time. Sally Gunnell has rightly quoted,”A winning mindset can make the difference between achieving our goals or falling short and is as important for professionals striving to achieve their career objectives as it is for elite athletes”.
In life and in business there are many unforeseen obstacles. Some of these obstacles can trip us up and cause us to fall flat on our faces. How do you get back up? How do you make the pain of falling on your face go away? How do you keep going?
If you have a winning mindset you can overcome these obstacles and use them to motivate yourself to push forward and succeed.
Outline to create your winning mindset for Placements
Setting the Goal. Goal setting is key to drive and focus. “Spend time visualising what it is you are trying to achieve and how you are going to achieve it, rather than just expecting things to happen, and put timescales around it,”. Fix the end goal and think big, out of the box, and then move back down to ‘How am I going to get there?’, ‘What have I got to put in place?.
Challenge yourself. Many professionals hold themselves back and don’t move on to the next stage of their career or take their business to the next level because they don’t actually believe in themselves. If we are not challenged, we don’t grow and can become complacent in what we are doing.
Learn from setbacks. Seeing setbacks as an opportunity to learn and grow is an essential part of a winning mindset.
Dwelling on past disappointments stops you from moving on. “There are always things that go wrong, but what I’ve learnt from my running is that’s all part and parcel of what helps you get there in the end—it makes you love what you do and get a better understanding of what you do.” When you have disappointments or setbacks, try to find a positive out of every situation.
Wellbeing and performance. Just as nutrition and hydration are essential to an athlete’s achievements, wellbeing is key to performance and success in placements. Eating the right foods at the right time of day provides a steady supply of energy for concentration and focus, can prevent an afternoon dip, or help you get over jetlag. Hydration is another critical factor in our ability to concentrate. Recognising sources and levels of stress and thinking about the way you relax also has an effect on performance.
Define your WHY. List three top reasons that you want to succeed. The first reason should be personal and for yourself, the second reason can be based on loved ones and the third reason could be for anything important to you.
Make a plan. The plan should include short, medium and long term goals. Then include the how, when, where, who and what.
Accountability. Share your plan with a friend or family member that is willing to cheer you on and be honest with you. Even better, get a small group of supportive, positive people who will hold you responsible and keep you on your plan.
Make a daily routine and schedule. A winning mindset is built on momentum. Checking off each thing on your to-do list daily will help you see progress and give you motivation to continue.
Use visualizations. See yourself and your goals as a campfire. Like a fire you need to keep adjusting it, adding wood to keep the fire going and make it big. Every step makes the fire bigger and sometimes a misstep or problem may diminish your flames. That means you need to adjust quickly and keep the fire going.
Make a plan for when you fall. Like with any injury you will need time to heal, to evaluate what happened and maybe some physical therapy to get back to full strength. Have a system in place that you’re comfortable with to help you evaluate and learn from your mistakes. You could keep a journal, take a walk or draw a map. See mistakes as detours that help get you where you want to go more quickly.
Perspective. Goals are destinations and mistakes/missteps are detours. You will get lost from time to time and sometimes you’ll speed ahead. That’s the nature of a journey. It doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you get there. Having patience will give you the long-burning fuel you need to reach your destination.
Don’t rely on your talent. Steve Canal, marketing guru and author of The Mind of a Winner, says, “We all are good at something, but a winning mindset understands that the difference between making it a hobby or a business is the discipline and work you put behind it. Never just rely on your gift or talent.”
We all have some kind of talent, something that sets us apart from our peers. This can also be a potential trap. Consistent top performers don’t rely on their talent alone. They work on their craft. They investigate their weaknesses and target them like a heat-seeking missile.
Generate momentum with small steps. “Momentum leaders are not lucky — they are smart. They have discovered the source of momentum and, with it, the beginnings of a smarter way to exceptional growth. Managers often talk about ‘riding the wave.’ Momentum leaders aren’t that passive. They live by this motto: First build your wave, then ride it.” You reach big goals with consistent baby steps, not intermittent fusillades. It’s not always exciting. However, you have to give yourself credit for small gains. They build momentum and provide much-needed life lessons.
Trust your vision. As an person, you have a vision. To succeed, you have to stay true to that vision. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be adaptable or make changes within your business. It means that you have to possess unshakeable trust that your ideas will work.
Take action. Ultimately, you can’t think your way to a goal. You have to take action. Many business leaders spend so much time analyzing their next move that they become stagnant and risk-adverse. As a result, they miss out on opportunities to fail and learn from their mistakes.
You might not be 100% certain about a particular decision. The consequences for the wrong choice could be catastrophic. It doesn’t matter. You can’t sit in complacent inaction and still succeed. At some point, you have to make a move. Be willing to take action, even potentially incorrect action, and make it a habit.
Winning mindsets aren’t innate. They’re developed. Creating a winning mindset is like being a great baker: it’s part science, part self-confidence and part ingenuity. The science is in the plans you make, the confidence is in the belief in yourself, visualizations and your perspective, and the ingenuity is in finding ways to get things done.
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