Have you ever heard an athlete say this after a dismal performance? “I didn’t the have the right mindset today. I just wasn’t ready.”
When I hear that I think, “you have had all week! How could you not be ready?” And then I am reminded of my own life before a big speech or event I am leading or a presentation I am delivering and suddenly I realize how hard it is to frame our minds correctly so that our attitudes and emotions are positioned to help us be the best we can be.
Mindset means the “established set of attitudes towards something.”
If I am frustrated towards someone and have not addressed it correctly then my mindset is going to be off towards them.
If I went to bed later than expected watching ‘junk food’ television with no meaning then the chances of my mindset being off go up the next day.
If I am not recharged appropriately then I might be susceptible to a sour mood and those who are around me may suffer.
When we frame our mind correctly the chance of our success in a certain moment or event goes up. That is why skier’s spend a long period of time visualizing their routes before they ski. They begin racing in their minds before they race. Most superior athletes do this. In fact, there is a whole industry of sports psychology that help athletes frame their minds correctly.
So let me be an amateur psychologist and recommend three things that you can do each day to frame your mindset to become successful and productive:
1. A healthy mindset starts the night before. Eliminate junk TV, it adds zero value. Instead, choose to read a great biography or have a great conversation with someone you respect. Dabble in a hobby or work on a enlivened project. We set ourselves up the night before. If you want a great day tomorrow, start it tonight.
2. To be successful, you need to be fully recharged. Great leaders know how to lead themselves. It is called self-control. Do you know how you recharge? If so, spend more time there getting your batteries full. It is hard to start the day with a cell phone battery at 10%. The same is true with us. Make sure that you get 6+ hours of sleep. It is your responsibility to be recharged, so don’t undermine yourself.
3. If you want to thrive then you must deal with the negative directly. When I am writing books I have to have my inbox cleaned out so that I don’t feel the pressure of people waiting for me to respond. The same is true with mindset. If there is a negative relationship out there then go to the source and deal directly with it so that it doesn’t continue to dominate your thoughts 24/7.
One last tip that may be helpful for you to frame your mindset correctly. Say these words out loud right now, ‘Trade Up’. When you are doing something that doesn’t bring life, but simply just is, choose to Trade Up to something better.
Instead of a rubbish TV show, Trade Up to an inspiring movie.
Instead of junk food that saps you, choose a tasty treat that has protein.
Instead of wasting time, Trade Up to a project.
Instead of lingering at night, Trade Up and get the sleep your body needs.
Your mindset is directly related to your self-control. Will you say these words after work, “I didn’t have the right mindset today. I just wasn’t ready,” or will it sound like this “today was amazing! We knocked it out of the park.”
Your reality is directly tied to the consequences of your actions that came directly from your patterns and your mindset. Choose correctly and you will string together a series of wins that could alter the course of your career. Choose to not be ready and you will simply fit in with the crowd and live a normal life.
May I encourage you to Trade Up today!