As the Olympics are upon us, so came my next thought for a new post. Do you possess the mindset of a winner? If not, now is the time to do so and start off breakfast with a bowl of motivational flakes and a winner’s cup of coffee.
Wake up in the morning and repeat to self: Today I am going to be a winner. Today something wonderful is going to happen. Today I will set new goals and strive to meet them. Today I will practice more courage, more patience, professionalism, and overcome any hurdles that should happen to cross my path, and turn any bit of adversity into a gold medal moment. The mind is a very strong and powerful muscle. Practice this and you will have fabulous days with a gold medal looming, all within your reach.
So go for the gold today. What does going for the gold mean to you? Do you get up each day motivated and ready to start your day with enthusiasm? Do you have an A+ attitude that you will give your all and try to be more successful than yesterday? Do you smile and smile at others? If not, you need to change your mindset now. Think in terms of how an Olympic athlete thinks. The physical training is one one-half of the competition; mental focus is the other half. Yes, your mind is very powerful and can be strengthened by changing your way of thinking to only desiring positively.
Try to be a leader in your field. Don’t try for perfectionism, for nobody is perfect. Strive to put forth your best effort daily, follow the path of leaders before you and opportunities for success will be present.
It does not matter if you win the race, but as long as you cross the finish line is what ultimately counts. You are still a winner. Life is not a sprint, but a long-distance run. Each day is a new day to get things right. Practice, believe, learn, grow, listen, and participate. Do what you say and say and practice what you do. Be communicative, listen, let others talk. Communication is essential to all teams and to your team.
Don’t just be ordinary. Try to be extraordinary. As a kid, I was always playing sports. I had a competitive spirit. Growing up with boys, they didn’t think twice when I jumped in to play a game of tackle football. Flag football was not an option. If I wanted to be a part of the game, I had to partake in that moment, be a part of a team (together everyone achieves more), strategize, learn how to play and try to get better. The first day of summer vacation I got tackled and broke my wrist. But I still played. I was not stymied by an injury because my mind said “you can.”
Lastly, don’t give up. That is never an option. If you stumble and fall, get up and cross the finish line. You can go for the gold and if you happen to get a silver or bronze, that is just as meaningful, too. The most important lesson is to change your mindset and think like a winner!