In Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else, author Geoff Colvin says, “The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome.”
Successful entrepreneurs, leaders and other top performers understand that the journey is the destination. You never arrive. You work hard to succeed, and then you work twice as hard to maintain your success. It’s a slow grind. And it starts with your mindset.
A winning mindset, like success in business, isn’t handed to you. You have to build a winning mindset over time.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Don’t rely on your talent.
Steve Canal, marketing guru and author of The Mind of a Winner, says, “We all are good at something, but a winning mindset understands that the difference between making it a hobby or a business is the discipline and work you put behind it. Never just rely on your gift or talent.”
We all have some kind of talent, something that sets us apart from our peers. This can also be a potential trap. Consistent top performers don’t rely on their talent alone. They work on their craft. They investigate their weaknesses and target them like a heat-seeking missile.