A Winning Mindset

a winning mindsetWhat kind of mindset do you have or would you like to have? Do you have a winning mindset, a losing mindset or maybe even a mindset where everything is outside of your control?

One of the pulls if you will that brought me into the “helping profession” so long ago was the result of something that I heard Tony Robbins say once where he discussed the attributes of developing what he called an “extraordinary psychology.”

It was that idea of an “extraordinary psychology” that fascinated me. It is where you develop and program the mind to not only be able to handle anything that life throws your way but also the strong and unwavering belief that you can and will always come out on top. A mindset that propels you to persevere until you reach success – always.

Tony called it an extraordinary psychology… I simply refer to it as a winning mindset.

A Winning Mindset

The other night I had a dream about a marathon that I am running in a little over a week. And in that dream I saw myself approaching the finishing line, with no one around me at all, and I was going to straight up win the race. One of the details that I remember was that I had averaged six minutes and ten seconds per mile. (Yeah, that’s a dream alright.)

Last summer not long before another race, I had a dream that I won that race as well. Now to be clear… the chances of me EVER winning a race like this are slim to none and Slim left town. But for me it did and does signify a complete shift in my mindset when it comes to competitive running,

Sure, I have had plenty of dreams of running in races in my life and most of them involve me showing up to the starting line late and having to run to catch up to the back of the pack or I might dream about other things going wrong in a race… typical stuff… but to dream about winning? That is something completely different.

Running and racing might be the tableau for these dreams but for me that probably is not what it is about at all. You could have similar dreams of your own on various subjects where you win as opposed to breaking-even or losing… getting a degree, having a successful business, anything…

I know nothing of dream interpretation mind you, and I know the dreams are not “fortune telling” in nature but I do believe they signify a very strong shift in my inner game as a runner. It tells me that I have a winning mindset now that I never had before. This dream tells me that somewhere inside of me I have the confidence from practice and training that I am going to be able to go out there and ultimately do my best.

This dream tells me that “I believe I can,” and as Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

But how do you create a winning mindset? For me, as it applies to this race I know that I have miles of training behind me, many perfectly executed workouts, and that in the end, all that can be done going into it is done. I believe I can do well because I know that nothing was left out of my training and  no stone left unturned. I know that I did my best.

And that is also how you develop a wining mindset for everything else in life. Always do you best and by doing that and knowing that you did you best, you will have greater confidence. That confidence can drive your willingness to take risks and winning never comes without taking some risks. With that increase in confidence comes the belief and the knowing that you can do or tackle whatever it is you are facing. And then you do it…

In the end it comes down to believing you can – no matter what – that fosters a winning mindset… Believe that you can win and you just might. Believe that you won’t or can’t and you never will.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – PD 30 August 2015

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