Gareth Marshall

Win Your Day – With an athlete’s mindset

The  holidays are done. You head back into the office, motivated with new goals. You have a plan of how your day / week will go to ensure you meet your deadlines.

You walk to your desk and are slammed with 4 deadlines and a report due by lunch!

Unfortunately, this is the reality of life but it’s how you deal with it that counts. Just like an athlete, they can be on top of their game and one point later they lose focus and start losing. Champions face this all the time but it’s how they ignore the small voices in their head holding them back and focus again that counts. Most of the time, the only thing standing between you winning or fixing a problem is the made-up story of why you can’t do it.

You need to refocus quickly, take back control and leverage an athlete’s mindset
By focusing on what’s important, you will be in control and it will get you closer to achieving your goal. This will also ensure you don’t lose your motivation or worse, forget why you started in the first place.

Hopefully my tips for keeping focused and tackling a problem will ensure you keep ‘winning your day’.

1. Evaluate the situation 

I find it best to pause and review the situation. Always take responsibility for your part in what didn’t go to plan and adjust your actions where appropriate. New perspective always brings opportunities for new learning’s. Take advantage of this so that you can begin again. Failure is not a reason to give up and should be taken as a motivator to learn and grow. Sport champions know all too well that winning comes from a series of learnings and evaluating each of these learning opportunities is what allows a champion to win – the athlete mindset.

2. Focus on What’s important

For me, I like to plan my week on a Sunday evening when my head is clear. This allows me to mentally prepare for what lies ahead in the week and focus on what’s important ensuring I meet upcoming project deadlines. I try to look at the top 3 things that will make the most impact and focus on these. This will ultimately prepare you to manage any unforeseen challenges and take you closer to your goals.

Unfortunately, like in sport, without having a clear strategy, you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.<

Remember, you also need to balance family, friends, sport into your life.

3. Attitude is everything

It’s all about your ATTITUDE in every situation… your attitude will affect your approach and also impact those around you – either positive or negative. Being able to approach a situation with a positive mindset will enable you to look for solutions and not focus on the problem. It’s hard to stop a person with the right attitude from achieving their goal.

4. Surround yourself with the right people

People are key influencers in your life, from family, friends to work colleagues. They are the basis for a positive mindset and holding you accountable for your goals. Identify the important people who have a positive influence on your life and support you. They may not understand your drive or share your passion for a particular goal, but they will still be there shouting from the sidelines when you need them. When unexpected challenges happen, especially on the first day back at work following a holiday, you will need them to keep you focused and remind you why you started in the first place.

This list could be endless but keeping this focused, these are my top 4 tips I believe will help you win your day.

What is your strategy to make sure you ‘win your day’?