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Category: The Competitor Mindset

Four Ways to Cultivate Your Winning Mindset

The road to success is a long one. Successful people continually understand that the starting point to any victory is in their mind.

I’m not promoting the theory that “if you believe it’ll happen, it’ll happen” because that’s a false reality painted on society. I am promoting that to win you need to build a winning mindset for the road it’ll take to get that win.

This mindset is what allows leaders the ability to rebound from setbacks, continually grow, and seemingly be unwavering in their commitment to succeeding. 

Just like your skills, a Winning Mindset isn’t something you’re born with. It’s something you intentionally build every day.

Here are four ways you can build your own Winning Mindset every day:

Are You Playing Fantasy Football with Your Career?

Football season has returned, and with it, fantasy football.

It’s the time of year when more than 59 million North Americans invest more than $7 billion into individual players’ performances every Sunday during NFL season. And inevitably, your weekly bragging rights will come down to the last quarter of Monday Night Football. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how big of a network you’ve built, or how many social media followers you’ve accumulated – none of that influences whether you’ll win your weekly matchup or the league that season.

Rich or poor – your fate rests in the hands of professional athletes who don’t even know who you are.

Winning Their Approval

I remember being made fun of during middle school for “flooding.” The “cool” girl who sat behind me reminded me daily that it wasn’t raining ?

(Thank you growth spurt).

I remember that also being a big turning point in my life where I suddenly became super self-conscious of what I wore and incredibly concerned with what everyone else thought of me.

And more so, concerned with doing what I could to be liked by them.

This negative mindset (trying to win others’ approval and care what they thought) carried itself with me throughout most of my young adulthood. And it was DRAINING.

You’ll never be enough (cool, fit, stylish, rich, etc…) for some people.

Why You Need to Be a Legend In Your Own Mind

Former NFL and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Trent Dilfer shared his story recently on a podcast. During the interview, he was asked how he handled the period of his career in Tampa where he was being openly booed in public by fans for the team’s poor performance. Dilfer laughed and replied that to be a winner in the league, you have to believe you’re a legend in your own mind.

He wasn’t making the case for blind arrogance, or an unwillingness to learn and get better, but instead, reinforcing the fact that you must be self-confident in order to be successful in life.

Here’s why.

Do You Even Know You’re Already Competing Every Day?

“Compete every day? No, that’s not me. I don’t like to compete.”

Does that response sound like something you’d say? I used to hear it quite often at tradeshows with the Compete Every Day team. Visitors would be walking the expo floor, stop in the booth to shop the apparel and then see the brand name and give me that line.

They believed that if they didn’t join a fitness competition or play competitive sports that they, in fact, weren’t ever competing.

It’s not that they weren’t competing against something, it’s just that they didn’t realize they were. 

How I Killed My Excuses – And So Can You

“Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it doesn’t have to be our fault.” – Chris Creed

There are a million excuses that I can whip out of thin air instantaneously. We all can.

Because using excuses is easier than doing what we need to get done.

But as you’ve heard me say all month, excuses don’t get the job done. Excuses don’t add an extra “0” to your bank account and they won’t help you reach your goals. Excuses don’t create champions – and Champions don’t create excuses.

So how did I break up – and then kill – the excuses my inner critic was trying to create?

Here are the four actions I took to curb, and then bury, the excuses I caught myself going back to time and time again.

Finding Motivation When You’re In a Rut

A friend recently asked for help getting out of his rut. He’s been a competitive athlete the last decade and due to injuries and changes in his life, is no longer competing for sport. He’s losing motivation to go workout and looking for a spark.

What should he do?

I share my four tips for creating motivation for your workout / fitness routine when you’re short on it.

  1. Why a shift in your perspective and focus is crucial.
  2. How to mix things up for a fresh start.
  3. How to be held accountable.
  4. Why a workout partner helps you raise the standard.

What’s one thing you do to create motivation to workout when you don’t have it? Share below in the comments!

That Moment

We’ve all had that moment. You know which one I’m referring to, right?

The one where we quit.

It’s that moment when we stopped pushing ourselves because it got really hard. Or it hurt. Or we didn’t think we could handle failure again. That moment. We’ve all got at least one of them.

We quit on a great relationship because it was harder than we “thought” relationships were supposed to be.

We threw away our manuscript because we thought our writing sucked.

We just stopped showing up to the gym because we don’t look like everyone else.

But Did You Do Your Best?

The 2017 CrossFit Games Open is officially over.

And for 99% of you, the season has ended. Out of 354,966 adults, (not including teen or masters divisions) athletes who registered up for the RX division of the Open, only 2,2100 advance to Regionals as an individual or team member. That’s 0.6% of the total population.

You actually had a better chance of playing in the NFL if you played college football (1.6%) than you did of making the CrossFit Regionals. And that’s not even making it to the Games.

That percentage drops if you add in the almost 85,000 community members who competed scaled this year.

The Open is an opportunity for everyone in the CrossFit community to test how far they’ve come in the last 12 months as an athlete. It’s a five-week opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, see how much stronger you’ve gotten than last year, and even pick up a personal record or two.

But many athletes have spent the last year envisioning themselves qualifying for Regionals, and today marks the cold reality that their vision won’t come to life. It’s a disappointing day of what they believe to be a failure. It’s tough to come up short in the field of competition, but I have to know one thing:

Be Someone’s Roger Bannister

It’s funny how our mind works.

When many of us face obstacles, we tend to believe we’re the only ones facing that obstacle. So we don’t talk about it. We internalize everything. And because of that, we feel alone in a battle with a Goliath we can never beat.

In all reality, there’s hundreds – if not thousands – of people out there going through the same situation, if not much harder ones – yet they’re overcoming it. Because we don’t know about them, we assume we’re alone. And we believe our battle to be an impossible one.