For elite performance, you have to think like an elite performer first. And in this post, we’re going to look at modelling the mindset that fuels outstanding success.
Key 1: The Thinker
Life follows thought; so be careful what you think. Where your thinking goes, your energy flows. There’s no point in setting goals and outcomes and then having uncontrolled thoughts about not achieving them. Make sure your thinking supports the outcomes you desire. Make this a daily practice and activate the positive thinker behind the thoughts.
Key 2: How’s Your Mini-Me?
Watch out for your self-talk. You know, that little voice in your head. I affectionately call it your Mini-Me. Some people hear it consciously more than others; however, we all have one. Get it on your side! Inner monologue/dialogue is a manifestation of the mindsets you have in your unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind, also known as the subconscious mind, is the greater part of your mind and contains your auto-pilot. Neuroscience research states that your unconscious mind controls what you think at a very deep level 95% of the time. Elite performers control how they speak to themselves. If need be, re-train your own Mini-Me, and make sure it only says things that support what you want to achieve.
Key 3: Build Your Ignoring Muscle
When going for your goals, ignore the negative circumstances around you. This is a trait of super-achievers and the high-net worth entrepreneurs that I coach. They do not allow any negativity around them to knock them off course — including negative people. So make sure you put your negativity deflection armour on and keep going. If you find this difficult to do, you really need to implement Key 5 below.
Key 4: What’s Playing At Your Cinema?
Stop referring to failures from your past. If you’re the type of person that does this, you need to stop it immediately. It’s the perfect way to condition yourself for failure and one sure-fire way of sabotaging your goals. Besides, would you go to see a bad movie at the cinema over and over again? Just do the opposite and refer to past successes, no matter how small they may be. Go on, be the star and load a great movie instead!
Key 5: Are You Boring Your Own Mind Cells?
Over the years I have noticed that people can often fail because their goals are too small. Why is this? One reason is that people set small goals to avoid disappointment. It’s a fear of failure and a lack mentality, and will often create the opposite conditions needed for success. A series of smaller goals linked to a big goal is fine; however, small discrete goals run the risk of not getting you excited enough and not giving you enough purpose to reach success.
Have you noticed that super-achievers — from money-makers to inventors to humanitarians — all set big goals that really excite and juice them? So please don’t bore your own mind cells! Set big goals and get something exciting in motion.
Key 6: Mission Impossible?
Successful people understand that the environment they are in will affect and condition their thinking. This includes who they hang around with — their peer group.
It is said that you become the sum of the five people you are in contact with the most. So maybe this is a good time to take stock and have a good look around you? Remember, you may not spend most of your time with your best friends. It may be with work colleagues or others. Whoever it is, do they think and speak in the way that inspires success? Do they support your goals? Are they on the same mission as you?
Key 7: A Little Help…
Richard Branson asked the question: what do he, Larry Page and Steve Jobs have in common? They all, at some time or another, had support from a mentor. Larry Page, executive chairman of Google, said that the best advice he ever received was to hire a mentor. Elite performers, whether in sport or business, often have someone they can turn to. They understand that they do not have all the answers themselves, and they embrace the need for continuous improvement.
There are generally two types of support available in this area. The first is a technical mentor; someone experienced in your field that can give you advice on doing your job or business better. The second is a coach who can help you with your mindset and other areas such as communication, leadership, creativity, etc. If you work for an organisation, there may be an internal mentoring scheme in place. If not, you may wish to make a proposal to have one set up. I also recommend you invest in yourself and look to hire a coach that will support you on the road to future success.