Win the mental game and you will be successful at life. Period. No question about it.
The mental game is not just for athletes – it is for everyone who wants to be successful. Your mental approach is somewhere between 70-90% of your performance. Get your mental approach right and you will succeed. So, what does it mean to win at the mental game?
- handling stress and pressure in a way that doesn’t undercut your efforts….
- keeping focus until the completion of tasks…
- working through obstacles and issues, and
- staying motivated to accomplish your best work.
It’s what it takes to be successful and to get to the next level, whatever that next level is for you. So, how can you win the mental game?
10 Tips For Winning the Mental Game
First, believing that you can and will be successful is the first step to success and this begins with reprogramming your mind for success. Get rid of the negative thoughts that are holding you back and replace them with the positive thoughts that will enable you to move forward. Self-sabotage is one of the biggest obstacles for those who are failing to find success.
Second, assess your strengths and weaknesses and build your dream or vision around your strengths. There is no one else exactly like you in the world. Your unique set of strengths is what will make you successful. Determine that you will use your strengths to make your dream a reality and get moving.
Third, work toward fulfilling your dream or vision every day. Find a way to make progress daily and no matter how big your dream is and how small your steps are, work toward realizing it. Perspiration and inspiration are powerful forces when combined. Never quit. Never, never, never. Keep moving forward and before you realize you will have arrived at your destination.
Fourth, take responsibility. Take control of what you can control and never ever blame someone else for your failures. Own what belongs to you, take the time necessary to learn from your mistakes and to fix them in whatever way you deem best. There are very few straight lines in life – learn how to manage yourself and get the best out of your hits and misses.
Fifth, stop worrying. Worry adds nothing positive to your situation. Duke Ellington once famously said, “There are two kinds of worries – those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.” Do what you can and don’t even think about those things that you can’t do anything about.
Sixth, allow your competition to make you better. Competition can spur excellence or demoralize. Winners enjoy competition and see it as a good challenge to raise their game.
Seventh, understand that you have the power to control your emotions and do so. Don’t let your emotions undermine your best efforts. Learn to deal with the chaos of life with serenity. Our inner world is under our control – if we become out of control, it’s our fault. Develop a mindset with thoughts and beliefs that control your response to stimuli and you are well on your way to success. Heart and head must work together for success.
Eighth, create balance in your life. Work, play, intensity and relaxation when balanced will help you to achieve your best results. Too much work does make Jack a dull boy. Too much play and you will never achieve your goals (unless, of course, your goals pertain to play). Get the balance right and the sky’s the limit!
Ninth, as much as possible, surround yourself with positive people. You’ll feed off their energy, they’ll feed off of yours, and everyone will win. Build your inner circle around people who will invest in mutual support and include some who are further along the path that you want to travel.
Finally, invest in yourself. Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Never believe that you’ve fully arrived. Life is a journey – embrace it, enjoy it, and live as much of it as you can with thankfulness. If you can do that, you are already a success.