“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Winners think differently from losers. In fact, there are some people who may be reading this and thinking, “But we shouldn’t call people losers… right?”
Political correctness aside, there’s no denying the fact that there are some people who win at life, and there are those who lose. Unfortunately, the winners are in the minority, while the losers make up the masses.
Here’s what’s interesting…
Most people are their own worst enemies. Their mindset is working against them. This is often the result of ‘indoctrination’ when young by parents, teachers, etc.
Circumstances have an insidious effect on one’s beliefs too. This is why people who are born in poor neighbourhoods struggle to see a better life for themselves. It’s almost as if the odds are stacked against them.
In reality overcoming the physical obstacles is far easier than overcoming the mental obstacles that have been ingrained in our minds from an early age.
The key to turning a losing mindset into a winning one is to merely look at things from another angle. It seems simple in concept but is immensely challenging in practice.
Thinking positively means breaking the old habit of thinking negatively. Guess what we do all day?
Yes, we think. The way we think is a habit too… and we’re experts at it. Changing things up WILL be met with resistance. Yet, it can be done.
As long as you practice your new way of thinking repeatedly, you can develop a winning mindset.
If you’re planning to start a business, the first step is to tell yourself, “It’s possible!”
This is something that motivational speaker, Les Brown, often mentions in his talks. Just telling yourself it’s possible, opens the door for you.
The next step is to acknowledge that the journey is difficult but possible. You’ll still undertake it and keep going until you win.
Someone with a losing mindset will say it’s possible but too difficult. And they’ll not get started. They’ve quit on themselves before they even started.
Winners see the gain. Losers see the pain. Which one are you?
Can you see the gain?
When the promise is clear, paying the price will be easy.
If you’re living in a small, dingy apartment that’s infested with cockroaches… and you’re in a bad neighbourhood, can you see yourself living in a big house in a safe community?
Can you see it?
If you can, and you’re willing to pay the price and work your way up, you’ll endure the obstacles and pain that come your way. You want to make it happen for you, rather than just letting things happen to you.
A winner sees the problems and still says it’s possible. They know that they’re the captains of their own ships and will harness the prevailing winds and sail to favourable lands. They will change their direction, but never their goal.
A loser will say, “It’s just too difficult. This is where I was meant to be.” And he/she will blame everyone and everything else other than themselves.
The key to quickly going from a losing mindset to a winning one is to know…
That’s it. Then look at it from a perspective of gain and possibilities. Embrace the struggle and know that one who wants to progress will make a step out of a stone.
Like they say, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”
You can do it. It’s possible.