You were born to win,

but to be a winner,

you must plan to win,

prepare to win,

and expect to win.

Zig Ziglar

Have you heard the expression, “Attitude is everything?” Of course you have! This old adage reveals a great truth. The perspective that you take in any given situation will ultimately determine the outcome. So, if you are hoping to change your current situation, it is important to learn to think like a winner.

How can you think more like a winner? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Acknowledge that you are human. You are fallible because you are human. Rather than seeking perfection, strive to attain the abundance that presents itself to you.

2. Be clear about what you want. Be specific about what you are trying to accomplish. For example, if you are planning on running a marathon, perhaps your first goal should be to complete the race or to finish and not be in last place.

3. Aim high but not too high. Using the marathon example, if you are running a marathon for the first time, you could aim to finish in the top half of the group, rather than first place.

4. Stop setting yourself up for failure. Setting unrealistically high expectations never the strategically best plan. If you lack experience or expertise in some area, rather than saying, “I am going to be number 1,” perhaps try saying something like, ”I am proud of myself for going after my dreams. As long as I complete this task, I am a winner.”

5. Embrace compliments from other people. Do you shrug off the kind words of others? If so, it is past time to recognize that most people do not go out of our way to praise another unless they are quite impressed with something they did.

When you prosper, people will take note of it and often comment about it. Accept praise and compliments from others with open arms and keep up the great work!

6. Do a personal inventory. Take stock of when you have been the most prosperous in your life.

  • What are your major successes?
  • What have you done well?
  • What are you the most proud of?

7. Remind yourself of your positive character traits. Spend some time making the connection between who you are and the abundance you have already received in your life.

8. Recognize that success and/ or prosperity comes in many “flavors.” Although money is a nice way to show notice of your stellar performance, you can also prosper in other ways. Maybe it’s a few perks at work. Or, you will be recognized in your field by getting an award. Perhaps you will become the “go to” person whenever people are facing a challenge.

9. See the power that you have in your own life. When you take responsibility to move through and beyond life’s challenges on your own terms, you will truly feel your own strength. You will succeed when you step up and make the decision to succeed.

10. Find the successes in your daily actions. No matter how a situation plays out, consider your actions and what you did well. After a particularly challenging event, take some time to really look at the positive aspects of the experience.

  • For example, if you submitted a project plan to your boss, that, in itself, is something to feel good about.
  • Even if your boss ultimately went with a different plan, you gained work experience in the process. You stuck to something and followed through to completion. Your boss will remember those things. Ultimately, you will prosper in some way from the experience.

What you believe about yourself and a situation before it occurs determines whether you will ultimately reap the benefits of that situation. So, prepare your mindset for success by thinking like a winner. You will live the successful life of your dreams!

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