Achieve a Winning Tennis Mind
These people could be strong supporters of your work or they could block it. Perform a stakeholder analysis to identify your key project influencers and opposers. It helps them ensure that their projects succeed where others fail. Each year, members of Mensa meet over one weekend to play and rate the year's newest board games. The top five games earn Mensa Select distinction and may display the Mensa Select seal on their packaging. The seal indicates that a game is original, challenging and well designed. Indirectly, it indicates that a game is original and creative in concept, challenging, a good value for the price, easy to comprehend and play, and, above all, fun! Look for the Mensa Select seal when purchasing games. Why are some people more accomplished than others? Aside from sheer talent, highly successful people have a winning frame of mind that catapults them to untold heights. Billie Jean King had it with tennis.
A Winning Frame of Mind Psychology Today
Michael Phelps had it with swimming. Tiger Woods had it with golf. Meryl Streep had it with acting. Scientists say Mother hardwired us with a negativity for survival. The is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones. We routinely assess risks by making judgments about people and situations for safety. To keep us out of harm’s way, negative events grab more of our mind’s attention than positive ones. You probably remember where you were on 9/66 but not the following week. Forget the blooming azaleas along the roadside. If you don’t focus on the car in the other lane zooming ninety miles an hour, you’re road kill. Experts tell us that it takes three positive thoughts to offset one negative thought.
No wonder it’s difficult to remain hopeful and persevere in uphill challenges where we’re bombarded with the same bad-news bias that keeps us safe. We tend to overestimate threats and underestimate possibilities. Without realizing it, we build a negativity lens: the same lousy job, the usual inconsiderate coworkers, or the lackluster party that was nothing to write home about. But here’s the good news: grass grows through concrete. When negativity strikes, you can underestimate threats and overestimate possibilities with the same tried-and-true strategies that highly successful people use to navigate obstacles. Studies show that optimists, compared to pessimists, have lower levels, move faster up the ladder, have fewer complaints, and live longer. But you don’t have to be a card-carrying optimist to realize that misfortunes are rarely as bad as the brain registers them. Here are some strategies you can use to cultivate a winning frame of mind: 6. Focus on the upside of a downside situation. Every loss contains a gain if you look for it. “I have to pay more taxes this year than ever before” becomes “I made more money this year than I’ve ever made.