🧠 Mindset Separates The Best From The Rest
Hard work, drive, ambition determination, and discipline all must accompany a positive mind.
Bianca Andreescu became the first female Canadian to win the US Open. She dominated Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-3 7-5 and hoisted the trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Andreescu credits her inner voice and her visualization to helping her win, something she practices every single day:
“I think your biggest weapon is to be as prepared as you can. I really think that working your mind (is important) because at this level everyone knows how to play tennis. The thing that separates the best from the rest is just the mindset.”
How can we improve our mindset? How can we stop the negative voices inside our head that often deter us from reaching our full potential? Working the mind is no different than working the muscles in our body. As we strengthen our knowledge with reading, we cannot ignore that often our inner voice is producing negative thoughts. It’s human nature—we all have self-doubt. Often the “self-doubt” thoughts can keep us from reaching our full potential. To avoid falling victim to those doubts, we need to practice the right mindset. Having a positive mind is not a false sense of happiness—it’s a tool to allow the best version of you to shine. Hard work, drive, ambition determination, and discipline all must accompany a positive mind. However, working on these three areas daily can develop a stronger mindset and focus.
- Observation – learning to notice when distracting thoughts pull away your focus. As soon as your mind starts to wander down the wrong path, stop and remind yourself we need to get back on track. Being aware that you’re being pulled away is the first step towards correcting the problem.
- Objectivity – following the flow of your thoughts without judging, noticing how you feel and learning from it. One area that will allow you to become more objective is to journal and write down your feelings.
- Openness – accepting your emotions at every turn and not letting them turn into a source of stress. We create the stress in our life when we jump ahead and remove ourselves from the present moment.
Realize life is no better than the relationship you have with your mind. Keep practicing these and you’ll become the most balanced human being you know!
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