Superachievers set themselves apart from others with specific mental strategies that they utilize to accomplish all that they do. There are a number of mental strategies they utilize; however, the following are the top five:
- When superachievers go after a goal, we practice whatever we need to learn with a singular focus, so when the moment comes, we are able to perform without our thoughts getting in the way. An example that comes to mind is preparing for a big speech (since I do this a lot!). We make ourselves an expert in the material and then practice it so much, it becomes second nature – heck!… we even dream about it. We even take it further and ask others to help us practice in all kinds of situations such as irate audience members, difficult questions, you name it!
- Superachievers focus on where we are, while keeping an eye on where we want to be next, so we can ensure we are always moving in the right direction.
- Superachievers use motivational self-talk, such as “whatever it is – I can do it!”
- Superachievers use mental imagery as part of their mental strategies tool box. Whatever we want to accomplish, we get a crystal-clear image in our head and play it over and over again. It’s a mental form of drilling. Some of us will go through an entire speech in our head to include how we stand, gesture, and move as well as the audience’s reaction at different points. Other superachievers envision accomplishing whatever goal they have set in their personal lives or chosen field of work. My favorite mental image I hold is my first speech for Quit Bleeping Around, followed by the audience members lining up for me to sign their books. I envision it over and over again, not only to motivate me, but also to hone in on my speaking and interpersonal skills.
- The final mental strategy we utilize is Emotional Intelligence, in particular, recognizing and managing negative feelings. Superachievers take a lot of risks to get as good as we are; therefore, we fail a lot during the achievement process. With any failure comes frustration and sometimes the desire to give up. Superachievers develop a resilience to help us stay the course and this is done by recognizing those negative feelings when they arise and working through them rather than resisting or totally losing ourselves to them.
My challenge to you today is to pick one of these strategies and examine how well you are applying it in your life. Then, figure out how to do it even better!