Want to know what separates the most successful people in any endeavor from those who don’t hit the top of the mountain? It’s all between your ears.

Today I want to share with you how to build a winning mindset, because no matter what aspect of life we’re talking about, whether it’s a business, or personal life, or sports, mindset is everything. I mean, you can have the best strategies in the world, the best tactics in the world, but they will never overcompensate … Or never compensate for the wrong mindset.

Building a championship team

I want to share with you how to really develop a winning mindset to help you achieve your biggest goals and dreams.

Now, to start things off, I want to share a little story with you. When I was in my final year at the University of Toronto, I was playing varsity soccer, and it was my fourth year, obviously, and the three previous years, we hadn’t won any real championships.

We’d never won any trophies, any state championships, anything like that. And it was kind of sad, because we had the best teams on paper. We had the best players on the roster, we had the best players on the field, and yet we underperformed. And yes, there was obviously some coaching issues that could have been better, but nonetheless, we didn’t really achieve what we could have.

My final year, I decided to take matters into my own hands, and there was eight graduating players in that final season, so what I said … So here’s what I did.

Just to give you some context, our season was typically September until November, and our coach, the way they used to run the program was “Hey, we’ll do some preseason training in August, we’ll get ready for the season, and then when it’s over, you guys are on your own until next year.” So it wasn’t a very professional program the way things were run.

What I decided to do was take matters into my own hands, because I knew that this was my last year, I wanted to go out with a bang, and I knew there were eight other players graduating too. So here’s what I did.

At the end of the previous year coming into summer before our final season, I said, “Hey guys, here’s what I’m going to do. Why don’t we get together every Saturday morning at the school, and we’ll just start training? Let’s do some conditioning, let’s get in shape, so that if we stay together all summer long, we come into the preseason ready, and make the most out of our season.”

For the first week, we had two guys, myself and my co-captain. The second week, we had three guys. The third week, we had a couple more, and a couple more, and a couple more.

By the end of the summer, we had 18 guys, or almost the entire roster showing up, training every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., and getting in awesome shape for the a season. Now, not only were we in great shape, but we were also coming together collectively, bonding, having fun, building that chemistry that is so important for a winning team.

Now, I share that with you because what happened next was what I believe was a direct result of everything we had done during the summer. You see, on paper, we had the weakest team from the previous years I’d been there.

But what ended up happening was this: We won the provincial championships, or we won the state championships, if you’re in the States. We ended up finishing fourth in nationals, which is obviously the big World Cup for soccer in Canada.

And the interesting thing is that none of that would have happened had we not come together as a group, and  had the mindset to say, “You know what, guys? We’re going to do whatever we can this year to win this damn thing.”

How to Build A winning mindset

And it’s such a great story because what I learned from that is winning is a choice, it’s a conscious decision that we make every single day, and it doesn’t happen by accidents. You know, I’m all about setting intentions and letting the universe do its thing, but you have to consciously want and be very clear about what it is that you want to create in your life.

1.  Get Clear on What You Want

Now, with that said, I want to share three tips with you to help you build this winning mindset. The first tip is to get very clear on what you want.

I want to share something with you.  This is what I call “Yuri’s Book of Manifestations,” and what this is,  it’s kind of like a vision board and a journal for me.

Inside I’ve written down all of my major intentions and goals that I want to achieve over the next 12 months to three years. And what’s cool is to see how each one of them starts to become a reality, so as you go through this book,  and you look back over a couple weeks, you’re like, “Oh my God, that actually happened.”

But the key is getting clear on what you want, and then one of the things that I want to make a better habit of is just repetitively seeing that and visualizing that, experiencing that as if it’s already occurred.

So the big thing is to really getting clear on what you want.

2. Visualize Exactly What You Want

Now, the second thing, which I kind of alluded to, is visualizing yourself as if you already have it.

Sitting in front of me is my dream car.  It’s in my driveway, and I’ve had this car for four years. And I got extremely clear about what I wanted. I wanted a BMW M5, and that was my dream car, and I’m super, super grateful still to this day to have that.

Here’s how that happened..

One of the things that got me in the mode of really feeling that I could have this car was actually visualizing myself in the car.  One of the things that helped was actually going to the dealership, sitting in the car, closing my eyes, smelling everything, feeling everything, and experiencing it as if it was already mine.

So do what you have to do, visualize as if you’ve already achieved it. You’ve got that clear vision, you want to start to create those new neural pathways in your mind, in your body and in your nervous system, and visualize yourself as if you’ve already got it, as if you’ve already experienced it.

3. Planning for Failure

The third thing I want to share with you about developing this winning mindset is to plan for failure.

Now, I know that sounds really weird, but I call this “negative goal-setting.” You see, a lot of times, we set great intentions for things that we want to achieve, but a lot of times, those actually don’t end up happening, and it can be very demoralizing when you set goals and some of them don’t happen, and others do.

There’s a quote by Winston Churchill that really resonates with me, says that “success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”.

As an entrepreneur, there’s so many times where we simply just don’t hit our goals, and I think part of the reason is that we’re not realistic about what’s involved in the process.

Let me give you an example from the world of health and fitness. Let’s say I was training a client who came to me one day and said,  “I want to lose 20 pounds,” and I said, “Okay, that’s awesome, let’s do this. You’re not going achieve … I mean, you’re not going to experience any soreness, and everything’s going to be peaches and roses.” That would be very unrealistic.

On the flip side, if I tell my client, “Listen, we can completely do that, but I want to be very honest with you that there’s going to be ups and downs, there’s going to be bumps in the road, so I want to kind of plan ahead of time as to what’s going to happen when those happen.”

So how do you plan for setbacks? What I want you to consider is, start to plan for the Plan B. and start to develop a Plan C, so that when your initial objective doesn’t kind of go as planned, well, instead of trying to figure it out on the fly, you’ve already figured that out ahead of time.

So that negative goal-setting is extremely important, extremely powerful, because it’s almost like … I’ll just use my example from soccer.

When I was playing soccer, I would visualize everything as I wanted it to go on the field, but I would also visualize what would I do in a scenario where things didn’t work out as I wanted them to.  By doing that, I was ready in the event things didn’t go as expected and could switch gears and correct the situation quickly rather than being caught off guard.  That’s negative goal-planning.

Negative goal-planning is not a negative thing, we’re not visualizing the worst things that come to our life, but we’re planning ahead of time so when it comes up, we’re not surprised. Okay?

So anyways, those are three tips to help you develop a winning mindset. I hope you found them useful, and if you like this kind of stuff and you want to take your business to the next level, then I invite you to check out our latest training called the 7-Figure Health Business Blueprint.  Inside, you’re going to discover the new way to quickly build a six- or seven-figure virtual health coaching business.

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