Improve Your Mindset, Win More Often
“Winning” is one of the best feelings in the world. All athletes want to come out on top, and feel successful. It’s a way that we know all of our hard work is paying off, and that we’re getting better.
It’s like something that we are all wired to want, or we are told that we should want at all costs.
Typically, we only think we “win”, if we beat someone else at something, or hit a specific marker of success. We are always trying to outplay others, so that we can come out victorious, and therefore feel happy, empowered, or superior. But, it can be a trap.
If that’s how you define “winning,” then you’ll often come up short.
Your confidence may suffer, your attitude may struggle, and you may find it challenging to regain steam for the next competition.
You may get discouraged, and down on yourself.
If you’re regularly feeling like you “just can’t win” or you haven’t felt super “successful” recently, then you may need to change your perspective on “winning” and “losing.”
Redefine “winning” and therefore you can “win” more often.
- After an event, game or at the end of your training day, ask yourself these 5 questions – and begin to reframe how you think about winning.
1. Did I learn? If so, that’s a win.
2. Did I make a positive impact? If so, that’s a win.
3. Did I push myself? If so, that’s a win.
4. Did I struggle or feel challenged? If so, that’s growth, and therefore a win.
5. Did I try something uncomfortable? If so, win.
If you’ve done anything of the above, consider it a win, and move on with contentedness.
This way of thinking will help you feel like you’re regularly improving and setting yourself up for success no matter what the situation is. When you start to redefine “winning” in this way, you might find that you’re able to dominate your competition and your goals because you’re more confident and focused.
Remember, we will fall short, make mistakes, have letdowns and you can’t go on pretending that you’re winning all of the time. Disappointments are just as important as “wins.”
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