Believe it or not, many people dislike the emphasis on winning, even though there are winners and losers every day in the marketplace. Competition is part of life, and it's often the prime motivator for us to do our best, to succeed.
Just as the Patriots and the Giants need a winner's mindset for the Superbowl, we also could use that same mindset at work and in our personal lives. Here are five keys to developing a winning mindset.
All of the hoopla surrounding the game does nothing but distract the players from their real focus. In addition, they need to avoid the media talk about who's favored to win, by how many points and why. They must also tune out the critics who are all too willing to point out their faults and weaknesses.
Respect your opponent
Opponents and competitors should never be feared, but should always be respected. Arrogance and overconfidence are a sure path to defeat. Both the Giants and Patriots are exceptional teams and they must respect the skills and threats each possesses.
In the heat of the battle, when the ball is not bouncing your way, it's easy to get rattled and start deviating from your game plan. Don't panic. Don't try to win the game on the next play. Stay positive. Solutions will come.
Take some risks
You might think you can grind it out with a ball control running game, but you need to mix it up with an effective passing attack to keep the defense off balance. In life, the winner is willing to mix it up, take some intelligent risks and be willing to fail. After all, a play that fails in the first quarter may actually give the coaches valuable information that leads to the winning play in the fourth quarter.
Winners typically believe in themselves more than their opponents do. They're not rattled if they get behind in the score early in the game. They have faith in their teammates to come through when it counts. That won't always happen, of course, but belief can often help make it so.
One team walks off the field the winner. Usually it's the team that has developed a winning mindset combined with a mental toughness to weather the inevitable setbacks and roadblocks that will occur.
Life is more than a game, to be sure. But a winning mindset can take you far at home, the office or in any walk in life.