Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Winner’s Mentality

I’ve been interested in ‘winning’ for a long time. Thirteen years ago I co-wrote a book that looked at how the world’s top sports teams nurtured Peak Performance so that they could maintain their winnings streaks.

If you haven’t noticed already, I love sport and believe that it has many lessons to teach us about how to be our best. It has it all. Highs and lows. Community, tenacity, commitment. The crucial importance of taking action when the right moment strikes; and what to do in the face of failure.

So when I came across this article from blogger Geoffrey James on getting yourself in the mental state to win, I thought it was on the money.

Here are some out takes:
  • See the moments coming: Be prepared when it counts. Don’t run into the day blindly.

  • Adopt a winner’s physiology: How you look affects how you feel. Stand up tall. Look people in the eye.

  • Visualize the winning outcome: Lots of runners imagine themselves crossing the finish line. It helps them get from where they are to where they want to be.

  • Mentally rehearse what you’ll say and do: Now that you’ve seen yourself past the finish line, what are the steps you need to take to get there?

  • Disconnect from goals and results: Be in the moment.

  • Take action: Make things happen!


Daniel Sztutwojner said...

Everyone has a lot to learn from athletes. Athletes are committed, risk takers, they know how to work in teams, how to give everything and push their limits.

One Gold Medalist in particular, Nikki Stone, who won in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, inspires me the most.

I wanted to share with you her website and her webinar, where she shares how she grew up to become a winner, fight adversity and win even though she suffered from a spine injury.

Hope you enjoy and learn from her:

Ben Mack said...

On winning...

Kevin, I love your blog posts. Thank you.

On the topic of winning, a 2011 poker book became an instant classic on the psychology of winning...

The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More.