By Andrew Cass

The mind is powerful.

What we think is possible. When we believe we will fail, we do. To set ourselves up for success, it is important to create a winning mindset.

Focusing on the impossibility of a task sets us up for failure. When we possess this mindset and then fail, our natural reaction is, “I knew it all along; I’m a failure.” It is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Focusing on the positive encourages us forward. When we possess this mindset and fail, our reaction becomes one of determination. The failure is not defeat but only a challenge along the road to success. When we succeed, our reaction is: “I knew it all along!”

Self-imposed limitations must be overcome to create a winning mindset.

Believe in Your Dreams

If you cannot get behind your dream, how will you get others to invest and believe in you? Picture yourself celebrating! Picture the end and press on toward that goal. Cast the vision not just for yourself but for everyone around you.

Seek out the experts and learn from them. Who has already achieved what you want? Has someone else already done the grunt work? Learn from the best.

Stop Complaining

Do not let the circumstances of today wreck the direction you are headed. Complaining is nothing more than making excuses that distract us from finding the solution to the problem. It is a lazy way to say, “Failure was not my fault.” Instead, look for the solution to the problem and say, “Failure is not an option.”

Create a Plan

To win you need a plan. A winning mindset does not unintentionally develop–it takes work. You must do the work to win. The foundation you set out at the beginning will allow you to continue to move forward on the days you want to slip backward into self-doubt and complaint. A well-thought-out plan will not allow you to become lazy; it will push you forward to success.

Adapt to Course Changes

A winning mindset knows that the unpredictable will happen along the way. Don’t panic when new obstacles crop up. Remember that this is simply another learning experience to put in your toolbox, an opportunity to get better and stronger.

Work Hard

Winning is never handed to anyone. To succeed you must put in the work. Hard work plus working smarter has the greatest payoff. It is the day-to-day continual training of your mind and your skills that will lead to your success. A winning mindset is not lazy. It is the one with the complaints, the one making the excuses, the one saying, “I failed because of XYZ” that never reaches the goal.

Working smart and hard pays off.

Live Large and Give Big

Life is short, but this world and the resources in it are big enough for all of us. The winning mindset knows that living large and giving big make the world better. Attack each day as the gift it is, conquering challenges, facing fears, and winning at life. Give even bigger than you live.

Creating a winning mindset is creating a world of possibility. It is knowing that you possess the ability to make the world a better place.