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Mindset Predicts the End of the Story

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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.

Mindset Predicts

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.

Story told.

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.

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I Dare You

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What do top CEO’s, entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, engineers, graphic designers, landscapers, and photographers have in common? They all visualize the end product or outcome before it is completed. 


Visualizing where you are headed, what it will look like, and perhaps most importantly, how you will feel should be an integral part of your plan. If we lack vision, we lack focus, if we lack focus we will most likely lack results and if we lack results we will probably end up being average, or worse, slipping below the realm of mediocrity. Average isn’t always bad, but for people who want to do more, the thought of being average is worse than the risk of failure. 

Visualizing your future is different than dreaming, hoping, or having faith that the desired results will magically appear. Visualization is the ability to picture it, feel it, and create it because you know it is not only possible, it’s probable. 

Like everyone, people with vision have heard it can’t be done, they’ve been told no one will like it, or they have witnessed ridicule, embarrassment and defeat.

Different from everyone, people with vision don’t worry so much about what people will say, they are willing to be doubted by others, and they expect where they are headed to feel risky, not safe.

In the year ahead what will set the top achievers apart from the crowd will not be ridicule, doubt, or the possibility of being misunderstood. It will be all of those, but more importantly, it will be that they dared to be different.

Be different—I dare you!


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