Here are our top tips on creating a winning mindset and how to achieve your goals and dreams.
1. Create the right mindset.
Two main qualities seem to appear in almost all successful people — optimism and confidence.
Successful people need to be optimistic, as often the goals and dreams we set ourselves can feel impossible. If you struggle to feel optimistic, you will only see the adversity, obstacles, struggles, and eventually quit. If you can develop an optimistic mindset, you will begin to see that you can achieve your goals and dreams if you keep at it, work hard and believe it can happen.
While optimism is a mental choice, confidence is controlled by the subconscious mind. Fortunately, the subconscious mind is open to suggestions and can be changed. By thinking only positive thoughts and seeing yourself achieving your goals and dreams, you can become more confident.
There will be difficulties and setbacks along the way, but don’t let them hold you back. Choose to remember only the good things and the successes, and forget the bad moments, learn and get back to the job of achieving your goals and dreams.
2. Create the right self-image
Successful people understand that their self-image will determine how successful they become in life. They choose to construct confident self-images, while most of us use negative self-talk and doubt our abilities, they fuel themselves with encouragement and praise.
It helps to see yourself having already achieved your goal or dream. Feel how great it makes you feel to have succeeded. Hold on to that image of you achieving your goal or dream, and make it happen.
3. Commit to the process
The process is far more important than the goal or dream.
When you commit to improving every single day, you begin to see the importance of creating healthy habits. By healthy habits, I mean habits that keep you moving positively towards your goal or dream.
You’ll begin to understand that it’s the daily rituals that produce massive success. Staying committed is where real progress is made. To stay committed you need to develop an attitude of resilience and perseverance.
Make a choice to take pride in your persistence and patience. Understand that setbacks are inevitable. But don’t take them personally or let them diminish your belief in yourself.
4. Reverse-engineer the goal
Big goals need to be broken down into small, attainable steps. If the big goal is to lose weight, we need to break into mini-goals to stay encouraged and motivated. We need to understand the importance of these intermediate goals. These goals give them short-term satisfaction while working toward our end goal.
Reward yourself every time you achieve these intermediate goals as this will also help to reinforce your winning mindset.
5. Get over losses quickly
It’s good to reflect on setbacks so we can learn from them, but we shouldn’t dwell on things. We need to understand that it’s in the past and that we can’t change it now. Don’t make snapshot judgments of ourselves and abilities following a setback.
When we fail, we can instantly engage in negative self-talk about ourselves and belittle our abilities. Take a moment to reflect and use your optimistic attitude to learn from your mistake and work toward getting back on track.
Check out the book our co-founder Professor Greg Whyte OBE wrote called Achieving the Impossible.
Greg Whyte learned from an early age that the biggest obstacle in life was people telling him 'No, you can't'. But we all have the ability to achieve what others may tell you is impossible. Don't listen to them. Success is not a chance event. With proper planning, preparation and vision, Professor Whyte has the knowledge and methods that can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, mortals into elite athletes, to deliver not dream.
Using the examples of iconic Comic Relief and Sport Relief challenges achieved by the likes of David Walliams, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, and Davina McCall under his guidance, Greg Whyte shows that anyone can do anything. With expert but simple to understand advice, useful diagrams and structured tasks, he demonstrates how this applies in life, from losing weight to reducing anxiety, in business, through maximising potential and core principles of management, and sport, whether it be a 10k run or the ultimate endurance challenge.
So don't take no for an answer. By making the impossible possible, this book is the blueprint for success in life.
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