The 5 Traits of a Championship Mindset
"It all starts with you." Understanding the discipline, the obstacles to overcome and the mindset it would take. The key have been five traits of a championship mindset- five traits you can use to win in your own way.
The first key trait of a winning mindset is the ability to stay to loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. To stay committed, you must have a reason of meaning. What is your reason? It must mean something to you. When you have a real reason, you will not give up. Many people are more interested than they are committed. They are only interested in their dreams, their business, in what life may look like, and they operate with the simplicity on interest. Therefore, they are not committed to it. They made a promise to themselves with words, but a commitment is a promise to yourself with actions. Commitment should not be just about setting a goal but living by a standard. A goal is a something you reach; A standard is something you live by.
Get good at saying no to the things that do not move you toward your yes. In a winning mindset, you will choose to give up some things that you are used to having. You will choose to do some things that you are not used to, because it is going to lead to something greater. Champions are strategic in what they do as well as what they allow in their life and outside of it. Some of the strategies around discipline may be changing your environment, because it is vital in your success. Who you surround yourself with is what you will become. Mindsets are contagious. Evaluate your circle of people. Do you want to catch the mindsets they have? Does your environment add value or deplete from your goals? Get around people who make you better. You must put yourself in a growth environment.
Staying committed means being willing to be uncomfortable. The truth is, in life you are going to be uncomfortable regardless. Outside your comfort zone is where change takes place and that change leads to the next trait.
Anchor your actions in greatness so that on a daily basis you produce nothing less than your very best. The misconception is that you may think you have a consistency problem when actually it is that you lack commitment. Think about everything you have been consistent about within your everyday life. You were consistent in going to school. You have been consistent in going to a job every day. You have been consistent taking care of your kids. The reason you have been consistent is that you understand the cost if you do not show up. When the consistency is great enough, the struggle will never be strong enough. Somebody is depending on your story. Somebody is depending on you in your life. Realize you have to show up not matter how you feel. Even with epic consistency you will not achieve your biggest goals right away. And on the way to them, you will have setbacks. How do you keep your championship winning mindset?
Believe the odds are beatable even when the odds say it is impossible, trust the process. A gardener has faith in the process of gardening. They know they need to plant the seed, take care of it and be patient. Have faith like the gardener and know that if you do the work necessary, stay committed and consistent, then at some point the results will show up. At some point, everything will change. Nothing happens overnight, but everything can change overnight. Be ready. Champions understand that the process must be trusted, you cannot take shortcuts in the process. Some of us want to get there so fast. Commitment, discipline, consistency, and faith will create the winning mindset you need to reach your destination, whatever it may be. But there is on more trait to hold them all together.
Find the strength to give more even when everything else in your mind is telling you that you have nothing left. Heart is looking at life like a marathon. Those who win marathons use each one of these traits in the race. They were committed. They trained and eliminated distractions. They know they can’t sprint to an easy win, so they put faith in every step, until toward the very end they must pull from everything they have to get through the finish line. You will reach that point where you have done everything you can, your back is against the wall, and you feel like you have nothing left to give. This is the moment you break through and create new limits you did not think possible. That is what heart is all about. It’s saying, “I am giving my all to this no matter what it is; no matter what it looks like, I’m going to keep pushing.” Heart is also about staying true to yourself.
Once you start to access your championship mindset and apply it to everything in life, you will notice a change. You will start to see a shift in who you become. You will see results. People will take notice. You are starting to close the gap between vision and reality. Your vision is no longer just a thought in your mind, but it is taking form. You are continuing to make progress by watering the seed. You are staying consistent. Finally, instead of wondering if you could do it, you will wonder “What can’t I do?”
You will no longer see limits.
Be the change you want to see in the world -Gandhi