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How to have a Winning Mindset (part 2)

Whenever we have a conversation on “Winning”, the natural image that most of us have is that of a person standing on a podium and receiving his award or trophy. After all, the common definition of the word entails “relating to victory in a contest or competition”. However, there is another definition of winning is of “attractive or endearing”. For example, “he has a winning personality” or “she has such a winning smile”. When we speak of a winning mindset, it is also the latter that we are referring to.

I believe there are a few attributes to a winning mindset and in this post, we will be taking a closer look at another three qualities.

  1. Set Clear Defined Goals

In my last blog, How To Have A Winning Mindset, I spoke about how having visualisation is great. But by itself, we are just daydreaming. To achieve anything of substance we will want goals that are clearly defined. I prefer and help clients set SMARTER goals to help set achieve success.

SMARTER goals refer to

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement
  • Measurable – the goal can be quantified, or measured in some way. If a goal is not measurable, we need to break it down further until it can be measured
  • Achievable – start planning of strategies to realize the goals. We need to start to develop the right mindset, abilities, skills and resources to realize our goals
  • Realistic – ensures the goals are achievable within the timeframe and all other parameters of the goal
  • Time-bound – ensures there is a specific time of completion. In the case of long goals, these may be milestones tied to completion dates
  • Energetic Evaluation – It is important to evaluate and re-evaluate our goals regularly to stay focused, with an energetic attitude
  • Reward – We ought to reward ourselves after every major milestone


  1. Living in the Presence of the Current Present

In his book “The Psychology of Winning”, Waitley’s definition of winners shows that we understand the value of time.

We will not worry about the past. That is dead and gone. The only thing the past is good for is to learn from mistakes, and the fond memories of those we love.

We will not worry about the future, once they have set realistic and achievable goals. The good future is what all winners hope to achieve, but too much time spent daydreaming of future success can keep us from taking the action we need to do what we have to do TODAY to achieve that success.

Winners, therefore, need to take action immediately. We need to learn how to maximize our productivity while still taking time to spend with their friends, family, and loved ones.

They enjoy their time NOW. We savor life and all it has to offer.


  1. A Winner is a Whole Person

A “winner” is not defined by the guy who drives the biggest car or who has the biggest bank account. The winner is about much more than that.

For winners, developing a wonderful future from our hard work is a big part of the equation, it is only part of it. A winner should be part of the community. We should be spiritual and believe in something greater than ourselves. We should take equal effort to enjoying time with our family as we do diving into projects at work.

Another part of being a complete person is working with others. Material wealth means little compared to the wealth of a loving family and the relationships we have from friends, neighbors and co-workers