What does the end result have to do with what your mindset predicts?
Many star athletes claim that they visualize their success. Fast starts, being ahead at the middle, and strong finishes.
In business, many people and organizations visualize what comes next. Most of the success stories probably don’t start by visualizing hardship or failure.
While what many would label as a positive mindset doesn’t solve all the problems, or overcome every hurdle, it may be the difference between winning and losing.
In any competitive environment, it often feels like a race. A race to be first, a race to endure, and a race of the strongest finishers. Even a race against time, because short bursts aren’t always sustainable.
Visualizing what things look like at the start, the mid-point, and the finish will matter. It will also matter when the measurement is taken. The half-way point, the third leg, or when the clock expires.
Sometimes the biggest challenges are those that you create.
A fumble in the first quarter may be undesirable, but there is still time. When you need a score and fumble with only seconds remaining, all hope may be lost.
Hope is part of mindset. It is why many games are won or lost before the players even take the field.
Winners are sometimes spotted in the first quarter, momentum grows, and a defeat for the opponent is realized.
Perhaps you can’t win on mindset alone, yet it can be the beginning of any defeat.
What are you telling yourself?
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Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.