Success the Mental Game
Success is a trick.
Let me explain.
They say 50% of success is turning up, and 90% is turning
up ready to play. The rest is just work.
To clarify, 90% of being successful is turning up to your
tasks mentally ready to make it all work, come what may. The
facts are irrelevant, the attitude is everything. Then work
That of course does not mean that you don't plan, that you
don't set goals and targets and dates. You cannot hurl yourself
at something and hope a Positive Attitude and elbow grease
will win the day. Elbow grease (working hard) never achieves
anything by itself. And a positive attitude is a wonderful
thing but if it's not tied to something concrete it's just
a smiling face going over a cliff.
As an entrepreneur who is looking to success, or an athlete
training for an event, or any person who is some way or other
solely accountable for an outcome, mostly by their own efforts
- how you think about what you are doing, what your mindset
is at any given time is what makes or breaks the project.
A serious athlete doesn't just turn up and work out with his
or her iPod playing until it's time to go home. They have
a plan. They have times and dates and lengths of time where
different aspects of the body and muscles are trained and
worked on. An athlete in training is totally engaged, because
the mental aspect will make or break the eventually outcome.
It's what they think about, and how they are thinking, when
the body is ready to quit that makes Olympic champions.
It is the same in business. Usually it's not hard to figure
out what has to be done within what time frame to reach a
given goal. However sometimes, it's true; to even conceive
that you can reach that particular goal may require a mental
stretch. I know a lot of people, who when asked to plot a
time frame to large goals put the completion date so far away
they might as well have said, 'it's not going to happen, I
can't do that". In fact that's what they were saying. And
true enough they never made it.
For instance they say in the online world -'make $1 first
before you worry about making a million'. That's true and
If your game plan cannot produce a profit of $1 from the get
go, then it's not going to succeed, no matter how hard you
work. But on the other hand who is going to work hard for
The goal must be something that energizes you, and of course
is humanly possible. Trying to leap tall buildings in a single
bound may be a stretch.
But let's say you have a goal of making $10,000 a month (as
an example) in a given business that right now doesn't exist
except in your mind. And let's say you given yourself 1 year,
because that seems 'cool', and also it's a bit of a stretch
as you've never made more than $2,000 a month ever, in anything,
and your friends say you're crazy.
First of all make sure the business plan is doable, ideally
have someone who is very successful in business, any business,
check it out for you. Don't ask an employee at a bank or accounting
form, don't ask any employee, ask someone who is a self-made
entrepreneur in any field.
Now presuming the plan is workable, all it takes to make it
work is - follow the plan.
Here comes the trick. The trick is, not just to keep going
when it seems nothing is working, the trick is to believe
it is working when all around you say it isn't working - whether
it's your husband or wife, dog, or great best friend from
the local tavern etc.
Now built into the plan, if you want a successful business
plan, are evaluation points. Dates when you stop and evaluate
where you are and why you may not be where you thought you
should be. A Time Out when you examine what is and isn't working.
And this is not a time to be mindlessly positive. Here you
make cold hard business decisions as to what to adjust trim
or add to your work habit. But, unless you are so far off
track you are not even on the same planet as the original
plan - you reset, reload and go again. And completely believing,
everything is exactly as it should be, and every step is a
It's called in sports, being in the zone.
It's called turning up ready to play, every day.
It's the mental trick.
Working is not hard for most of us, it's working energized
and excited so that we attract what we need in terms of help,
good karma and blind luck, just when we need it.
If let's say you love playing music, the piano let's say,
and you are also talented - you progress and succeed in leaps
and bounds. Yes you have the talent, but because you love
playing you mentally storm over any obstacles that will complete
block a person who has no great love of music, even if they
put in as much as time as you. You think, and they think it's
because of the talent (or the luck). It's not; it's because
of the energized work.
In success, it's not the work; it's the energized work, the
joy of doing that moves you though all obstacles.
Realistically you are not going to be overjoyed all the time
it's not possible, but you can feel energized all the time,
by deliberately planning the mental game as much as the physical
work. By deliberately understanding the trick.
And the trick is to keep your mind engrossed and engaged until
you reach your goal Just as the athlete continues despite
the pain, or the dancer despite the broken toes, the swimmer
with the pulled back muscles, you do it anyway and you do
it as if everything was perfect.
Then at the finish line you can look around and wonder - "how
the heck did I ever manage that?"
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success at http://moreincomezone.com.
And in idle moments, Martin Gover writes, on diverse, if not
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