Learn How to Develop a Winning Mindset With These 5 Tips

Unfortunately many people seek approval from not so very successful people. If you take advice from someone who gave up on their dreams, will that help you fulfill yours? No one says you should completely disregard your family and friends. But, don’t let their pessimism rub off on you!

So, does that mean you should focus on the winners? No! Focus on winning! Losers focus on winners, while winners focus on winning! If you work on developing a winning mindset, victory will be yours!

Be Open to Challenges

By overcoming obstacles, you gain confidence. But, by avoiding challenges because you assume you’ll fail, you’re hindering your own personal growth. So, for starters, create a list of exciting challenges that you’d like to overcome. Perhaps you could enroll in a business course at your local university. Or you could do something that is fun but will push you out of your comfort zone at the same time. For instance, you could explore a foreign city all by yourself. Just volunteering to take on a new project at work is an excellent challenge that fosters growth.

That said, don’t overwhelm yourself. If you find yourself burning the midnight oil night after night, take a step back. Don’t take on task after task and project after project just so you’d always be occupied. Inspired actions are good, but overwhelming yourself can only be detrimental.

Build Your Grit

Everyone’s good at something. But, discipline and work make the difference between a hobby and a business. You won’t get far if you just rely on your talents.  Investigate your weaknesses and work on them. Never stop working on your craft.

Instead of talent, work on your grit. The combination of perseverance and passion. The determination to maintain focus and the ability to rebound from setbacks will contribute greatly to your success. You can actually improve your grit, unlike innate gifts.

Successful Thoughts

Your brain can’t always tell fact from fiction. It’s something you can use to your advantage! If you repeat something constantly, it becomes more ingrained.

Positivity breeds positivity. Feed it to your mind. Your mind is like a garden. If you want flowers, but sow corn, you’ll get corn, not flowers. 

Take it literally! You can plant lucky feng shui plants as good luck charms. Even when you know something’s a placebo, it works!

Use affirmations and autosuggestions to create a winning mindset. Don’t be afraid to say your mantras and manifestations out loud. Let your subconscious absorb them and turn them into a reality.

You don’t need to waste money on a motivational coach. Motivate your mind yourself!

Be Your Own Competition

Compete with yourself and no one else. You can emulate strategies, actions, and mindsets of those who are successful in their pursuits but don’t imitate them.

Modeling can help you learn from the mistakes of others, without repeating them. You can use the strategies of others to discover a tried and true blueprint.

But, don’t forget: don’t focus on the winners! Focus on winning. Learning from others does indeed stimulate growth. However, mentally competing with others will do you more harm than good.

When a person measures themselves against others, they always look towards more successful individuals. That can lead them to doubt their own abilities. Don’t make yourself feel inadequate.

If’ you’ve been doing that, it’s time to shift your paradigm. Zoom in on your own path. Compete with the person you were yesterday and forget about everyone else.

Focus on equipping yourself with tools and skills that will make you a better person than you were a year ago. Measure success on your personal benchmarks. Don’t let other people define your idea of success.

You might be thinking, “easier said than done.” And you’d be right, it’s an age-old habit. Not comparing yourself to others might be difficult to start. But you can make it easier.

Instead of looking at Instagram profiles of glamorous entrepreneurs and influencers, find yourself a proper role model – a mentor. A mentor is more than a senior coworker whom you ask for help when you need it.

A mentor is a person who has a personal stake in your success. Mentorship allows you to nurture a real, beneficial relationship with a senior business leader. Consider seeking out a mentor who can help you grow.

Trust your Instincts

Learning to trust your instincts is a big part of developing a winning mindset. When we rely on our gut, we are capable of making smart decisions. Having confidence in your instincts is key.

You are bound to come across situations when the empirical evidence is inconclusive or unavailable. Winners are comfortable following their instinct in these scenarios. 


A proper mindset is not innate. It’s developed. If you don’t have all of these habits, don’t stress it. Instead, roll up your sleeves and get to work!

Emma Sumner

Emma is a business strategist-turned blogger. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Emma is a passionate traveller and yoga aficionado. She is in love with coffee, interior design, books, and good vibes.