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5 steps to becoming a winner

02/01/2017 - Rose Osemwengie

Your mental attitude is far more important than IQ or skills when it comes to being successful, and a winner’s mind-set can be learned.

Let’s reminisce back to our school days. Were you ever one of those warming the seats at the yearly award ceremonies, while the Head teacher called out the same select names every year to receive the school awards?

Looking back from your current jobs roles, statuses, titles or financial successes and achievements, you would probably be thinking “well, who’s laughing now?” But at the time, I for one remember feeling very deflated by the fact that I wasn’t called up at the assembly, and thought that I would never achieve the same level of success as those recognised would, and so what was the point of even working hard?

As schools re-open and resume their activities, this same thought may be going through the minds of millions of children worldwide, but they can draw encouragement from our Winning Attitudes research, highlighting that winning is not just for the selected few.

In our Winning Attitudes white paper, we discuss individuals whose successes go beyond the simple explanation of ‘intelligence’. For instance, Muhammad Ali, a World champion boxer, had an IQ of 78 and stated:

“I said I was the greatest, not the smartest” (Ingle, 2016).

5 steps to becoming a winner

Our Winning Attitudes research (click here for more information & to download the whitepaper for free) highlights an individual’s state of mind as the key element to unlocking their full potential. They need to have the drive to work hard and succeed, despite setbacks.

From our interviews with 42 CEOs, Presidents, Sports Stars, Olympians and Media personalities, we were able to identify 10 of these attitudes that our Winners possess, which catapulted them to success.

They include: Burning Ambition, Unwavering Belief, Constant Curiosity, Intrinsic Generosity and Single Minded Focus.

These Winning attributes are not necessarily innate, but develop through an individual’s exposure, experience and conscious effort to develop it.

Five easy steps that could help attain a Winning Attitude are:

1. Define the goal you want to attain;

2. Get excited about the goal;

3. Recognise your Winning Attribute from our 10;

4. Understand you strengths and energisers;

5. Make conscious decisions to work towards these goals, despite setbacks you may encounter.

Paralympians are inspirational examples of individuals who have succeeded and are still succeeding where society may have not thought possible.

For instance, last week cyclist Dame Sarah Storey set a new world record when she won her 12th Paralympic Gold medal in the C5 three-kilometres individual pursuit in Rio, making her the most successful female British Paralympian.

Also Ellie Simmonds, Paralympian Swimmer, won her first medal at the age of 13, when the education system would have started ranking the “high achievers”.

These Paralympians have broken the status quo of the physical necessities of a successful athlete, as such we need not be discouraged if we don’t fit into society’s parameters of success or if we are underachieving in our current role - be it school pupil or professional. Most of the contributors to our Winning Attitudes research did not start out as successful, but got there through determination, focus, hard work and a clear aspiration to achieve their goals, in spite of negativity.

As Jessica Ennis-Hill, British track and field star points out, in order to win you need to want to do everything, and want to win everything (Moreton, 2012).

Written by Rose A. Osemwengie, Business Psychologist


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