You will win, and you have to want to win. The way you think, what you see and the mindset you hold matters. The way to frame your experiences matters and determines the outcomes you get. Be bold in your stand and have a victory mindset that you use as a weapon against all the odds that come your way. Determine that you will plough through every obstacle and limitation. Speak to the mountains instead of letting them speak to you.
Mr. Winston Churchill, the wartime British Prime Minister used the victory mindset as a platform. When he was appointed he shared his “no surrender’ stand from the platform of a victory mindset. One day, after his tenure in office, he was asked to give a commencement speech to students. His speech was brief and to the point: “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” This is the essence of the victory mindset. You do not give up because it is hard; you stick to the knitting because it is hard. It is when things get tough, that you have to toughen up because of your victory mindset.
Your mind is stronger than your body and stronger that anything novel that may come your way. Surprises will always come, surprise them with your victory mindset. There is something in you that is so strong, so powerful and so stubbornly positive. You are designed for victory, regardless of what you have to go through. You are engineered for creative pathways, even if you have obstacles in your path. You are endowed with great potential and the power to face and overcome any hardship. It usually takes challenges for you to mine the potential you have. Many waters, multiple storms, blizzards of all kinds are not sufficient to drown your victory mindset. No opposition or resistance is strong enough to overwhelm your victory mindset. The victory mindset will give you staying-power, imagination-power, and resilience-power. You have the power to out-manoeuvre everything that comes your way if you keep the victory mindset. The victory mindset gives you strength when you doubt yourself and when others do not give you a chance.
Focus on victory and not on the obstacles that are around you, the pain of the moment or the things that wish to steal your attention. You are where your attention and focus takes you. Choose your battles with care, always having your eye on victory and a scale of the price of victory. Somethings are not worth the price paid for them. Evaluate the meaning of victory, but do no throw away the victory mindset.
In 1916, during World War 1, the Franco-British allies launched an attack on the German Army near the River Somme in Northern France. They had victory in mind and hoped to break the deadlock on the Western Front. The price of victory was high, perhaps they could have computed better. The battle that followed involved more than three million men and use of new military technologies, such as the British tank. The battle raged on for five months and left over a million men dead or wounded. The Allies had victory in mind, but regrettably by the end of the five months they had advanced only six miles. They had some modest victory, but the victory changed little and little was gained. The victory mindset does not mean that you must engage in mindless battles that waste time, resources and people. The victory mindset means that you have to be clear what winning means and what is worth fighting for. Unnecessary battles should never be fought. Mindless fights should always be avoided.
When you focus on victory, it starts looking for you. The victory mindset is inspiring, magnifying and magnetising. Do not be too worried about what happens around you, be very concerned about what is happening in you. When the unthinkable happens, the unthinking get frazzled and lose focus and situational awareness. Keep your focus on victory and the ultimate prize. Let your mind be filled with pictures of ultimate triumph and not fear. Your victory mindset is self fulfilling.
Whatever you hold in your mind controls what you do. To charge towards your greatness, focus on victory, strategy and the ultimate goal. Do not waste your thinking time on things that blur your vision, and do not take you any closer towards your victory. It’s not everything that deserves your focus, mental processing or attention. See beyond the clutter by focusing on what matters towards victory. Study greatness and you will be great. Study victory and you will find pathways to it. You become whatever you study. All excellence is birthed by ferocious focus on the goal that matters. Great people always begin with the end in mind and do not take their eyes from that end state.
The victory mindset gives you staying power, reveals your values and gives your life bearings. What ever turbulence you encounter in your environment matters little when you are grounded in the victory mindset. There will always be something happening in the environment. Turbulence is a fact of life. Storms are part of sailing. Chaos is the channel towards growth. Disruption is the key to innovation. Do not fear the winds, you can use them to stir your boat to great shores of greatness if you have a victory mindset.
It is easy to focus on that which is not working, throw dust about you and call attention to everyone to pity you. The victory mindset is not the victim mindset. When you focus on what is not working you start to see all the broken and hopeless situations around you. Focusing on what is not working is the key to misery. You can choose to either be possibility-minded or problem-minded. Stay grounded on the victory mindset and do not be pushed around by problems or be disarmed by what is not working. There is so much that you can do and contribute towards building. The victory mindset gives rise to constructive thinking.
The victory mindset is a doing disposition. Where you choose to be involved and make a difference. President Theodore Roosevelt had this mindset. This is why he could deliver his immortal speech of what really counts in life. He wrote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Focus on what matters. Whatever you focus on reveals who you are at the core. There is an old Indian saying that is worth noting: “When a pickpocket meets a saint, all he sees are the pockets.” The message derived is keep your focus on victory and this will determine what you see and do.
Indeed there are wicked problems – these are big problems that are nagging and will not easily go away. We all know them. There are also distant threats and disruptions. We all feel them. At times we focus on a single issue and forget that some problems can best be understood within the context of a system. System blindness, and negative mindset causes uninformed blame and irrational actions. You are the person in the arena and the mindset you bring to the arena matters. The victory mindset sets you up for greatness. Whatever the situation choose where you will stand: As part the solution or as an accessory of the problem?
Committed to your greatness.