I have had a number of conversations recently with my clients around what it takes to create a Winning Mindset. For me, the first place to start is with a definition of what a Winning Mindset is. There are many ways you could define this, from a (scary) desire to 'crush the opposition' to a single minded focus on achieving a great result.
I recently watched a Ted Talk by Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford who has recently published a book entitled 'Mindset'. The basis of her work is that there are basically 2 mindsets - Fixed & Growth. Carol explains these better than I can, but here is a brief summary:
So, for me, a Winning Mindset is a Growth Mindset. Winning will not happen in the long term without developing, continuously refreshing and applying the knowledge and skills required to get the job done. Failures will occur, especially in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship , but these should be treated as opportunities to learn & improve. It takes focus to make great things happen.
The Growth Mindset applies to many areas of life, from business to family to sports. I have found this mindset to be particularly useful when working with my son in passing some big exams he has coming up. Originally, we focussed on the grades and celebrated incremental improvements. Now we focus on the error and celebrating learning new things or tips and tricks to reduce those errors in the future. He has improved a lot as a result.