In situations of competition we search for subtle differentiators.... the small things that take us a step further. With similar skill sets in place, what differentiates a winner from one who may not deliver when the chips are down?
One Word: Mentality!
There are people who always find a way. The people I know who have developed a method for repeatable success have developed a Mentality of Invincibility!
The elements of the Mentality of Invincibility?
Ignorance of Negativity
"I don't care what people think about me, doesn't matter to me, I'm doing God's work... that's all I know" - Bob Dylan
There are a few people I know who are so positive that I have at times questioned their mental stability. They are also massively successful!
We often acquaint positivity with naivety. We see someone smiling and assume they are unaware of the tragic world around them. When someone smiles at us on the street we spring to clinch fists.
It is far more difficult to be positive than to be critical. We can accept that one may possess an intricate mind and a wide-scope view of the world but still find a way to smile.
Indeed, positivity is a sign of courage not ignorance.
A System and A Voice
Leadership is complimented by a system to predicate success and the ability to articulate what it takes to navigate said system.
If you have a dream but no strategy you are pissing in the wind.
If you cannot explain the positive impact participating will have on my life... I will not try!
People are allowed to try and fail as long as they have learned through the process. Learn from your mistakes or try something completely different and change the game.
To be a leader you must secure the trust of those who's followership you require. Trust is earned through having a system, the ability to explain your vision and a tireless work ethic for others to emulate.
Each day is an opportunity to change the lives of those with whom you interact. We seldom work to capture such moments.
People come looking for something to believe in. Who is going to step out and create it?
You've got the same tools as everyone else. You may just have to have a greater belief in your unique invincibility.
Don't Forget to Remember!