The Mental Game: What makes the difference in being Successful?

Welcome to The Mental Game.  In this series, I am going to be covering four intriguing attitudes or habits of successful entrepreneurs.   

These four things are not necessarily covered in traditional business books, courses or seminars.  They are things you may have seen or heard before but perhaps didn’t pay much attention to them.

If you implement even some of these ideas, it may help you get to that next level in your business, even the next level in your life. 

Let’s take a look at what we’re going to be covering here. 

4 Mental Attitudes of Success: 

  • A sense of MISSION – Successful entrepreneurs carry themselves with a sense of mission. 
  • They go beyond OUTCOME-based goals and they focus on something a little bit different. 
  • Successful entrepreneurs are very proficient at separating emotion from intellect, especially when it comes to decision making.  
  • When the pressure is on, the best entrepreneurs actually get stronger and they get better at what they do and how they carry themselves.  

Let’s dive into this.  In this post, we will cover the Sense of Mission.

A Sense of Mission 

You’ve probably noticed in your life, as I’ve noticed in mine, that you can usually put people into one of two categories. 

There are people who are of the achiever mentality, versus there are people who are just going through the motions.  Hopefully you’re more of the achiever type. 

But I’m sure you’ve met people that fall into both of these categories. 

It is possible, I suppose, that some people are born into more of the achiever mentality.  They’re highly driven people, just by the very nature of their being.   

But there are other people who have become very successful who are not like that to begin with, but they were infused with a sense of mission, achievement, purpose and so on, and they developed that characteristic over time. 

Successful entrepreneurs choose to operate from a sense of purpose.  They have a sense of mission behind everything they do. 

It’s not even just from a business perspective.  This applies in every other area of their life.  No matter what action or goal they’re pursuing, there’s a sense of mission behind it.  There’s a drive, there’s a purpose, there’s a link back to their worth as a person and reaching their own potential to do more with their life. 

There’s this drive, this sense of mission that all successful entrepreneurs have, and the best way I can get you to think this way or move you into this state of being or operation is illustrating an example.

Imagine for a moment that you are out shopping. You are excited about what you are doing. You get to the car with your packages and suddenly realize that your wallet is missing.

Instant shift.  Suddenly, you have a sense of mission to find your wallet because it has not only your cash but all of your credit cards and your ID. You don’t want to lose it and you begin to imagine all the horrible things that go with losing it, at least they seem horrible at the surface.  I’m sure there are worse things in life.  But you know what I’m saying.  

When you lose your wallet or something crazy happens, maybe not a wallet-related situation, and you’re on a sense of mission to find this thing. 

Without thinking, you put the bags in the car and go back into the mall. You attempt to retrace your steps and figure out if you can find it or are you out of luck here. 

Every single action has a purpose.  Every movement you take.  You are walking, basically running, trying to solve this problem and you are not going to stop until you’ve done everything in you power to find it. 

But you’ll never forget this instant shift.  You were suddenly on a mission to find the thing, and you did everything in you power, without stopping, until you reached a logical conclusion. 

This is sort of the mode of operation for successful entrepreneurs all the time.   

So ask yourself this question: Do you run your business, do you operate your business and the activities and projects inside of your business with that sense of purpose and mission because you are driven to achieve, or are you falling more and more into the type of people that are just going through the motions? 

You don’t like it anymore.  You’ve lost your passion for what you do.  How do you get that back? 

What I’d like to do is suggest to you a 15-minute momentum builder, if you ever find yourself slipping out of the achiever mentality. 

Find anything in your life, it could be something as simple as tidying your office, cleaning your desk, it could be something more sophisticated like completing a project or starting a project.  Maybe you’re a writer and need to begin the next chapter of your book. 

Whatever it may be for you, set an iPhone clock or clock on your computer, some kind of timer, and give yourself 15 minutes to do nothing but force yourself to operate from a sense of mission and purpose on whatever the task is you choose to do. 

You give yourself the goal and you say, “For the next 15 minutes I’m going to do everything in my power to get as deep and far and high-quality into this task as I possibly can, to regain that sense of mission and purpose mentality I want to operate with.”

What you’re going to find, this works very well for me and I’ve seen it work for others as well, is that at the end of the 15 minutes you’ll have gained so much momentum in what it is that you’re doing that if you’re not finished you’re going to keep going until that particular task you chose is finished. 

If you are finished, you’ll feel so good about the achievement you’ve just made that you’ll want to move on to the next task. 

This is where the power of momentum kicks in.  I’m sure you’ve been on a positive momentum swing at some point in your life and you realized how beneficial that can be for you.  This is how you create momentum. 

This is how you generate a sense of mission in your life, and ultimately in your business, and you can become one of those successful entrepreneurs by developing this.

So, what is your next mission? What will you use your 15 minutes to accomplish? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

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