Building a Champion Mindset

Ever since the creation of time we have witnessed a natural competitiveness that’s driven mankind to do many bad things together with good things in their preference to learn how to win.

With the advancement of online coaching, nowadays it appears to be people have some secret to share about developing the best mindset so as to win.

What separates a winner from a loser? Sometimes a fraction of a second, sometimes a tiny lapse in thought yet others a plain shortage of desire. 

For several years, we’ve been checking out the steps involved in winning and many have spoken, taught or coached around the notion of getting started. Simply draw a line in the sand and move over the line. It is a great concept and one that certainly starts the journey – but if it were as common as that we wouldn’t see so many failed business start ups.

As we analyse success, the actual true grit, bit between your teeth success we understand there’s some character traits that cause success.

In fact, as we study the concept more, what we see is that the desire to get to the finish line has more to do with success than the power to take the initial step. 

Of course, regarding a mindset, we simply cannot end until we have begun, so stepping over the start line is paramount. But what about getting to the summit on the mountain? What about finishing the Ironman Ultramarathon? What about getting your business to profitability?

Many of these successes speak more to the finish line than they do the start line.

So perhaps, in exploring the deep secrets of success, the starting step pales in to insignificance when compared to the finishing step. The last foot on the summit of Mount Everest.

If you study endurance athletes the concept often referenced is “don’t stop”. When your body is screaming that it is in pain and everything in your mind is battling with your will to keep going, the most important aspect is to not stop.

Famed endurance runner Ray Zahab talks of this concept in his first ultra marathon event which he decided would be in the Arctic. 

Not being a runner and not being familiar with arctic conditions did not deter Ray but it did lead him to taking equipment that was inferior compared to his competitors. Ray became nervous on the start line and sure enough within the first several kilometres of what was to be a long event through the night, Ray quit. At least for a short while. He sat on a tree stump in frigid arctic temperatures and cried. His equipment was short of requirements, it was his first event and, as an amateur, he was lined up against pro ultra marathoners backed by major corporations. 

What Ray came to realize during the brief moment of pitying himself was his desire to succeed could get him the next 100m. After that he knew he could do another 100m. What he could not believe was that he could run the full distance in snow shoes. 

So gradually 100m by 100m Ray moved and didn’t stop. In the early morning hours, he arrived at the small warming hut by the finish line. It was deserted and while Ray was happy to have taken the last step on the finish line, he was disappointed that he missed the festivities and everyone had left. 

As he was recapping his adventure and how he could improve in future events, the custodian of the cabin came out to congratulate him on his first place finish. Ray had just won his first ever Ultramarathon – by not quitting when he wanted to.

He kept going to the last step.

Ray’s story is an analogy for all of us. 

  1. He started his journey
  2. He didn’t know the solutions but he knew he could figure it out.
  3. He never stopped once he realized the short goals were achievable
  4. He took the last step over the finish line and as a result – won.

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What is a successful keynote speaker?

It’s very often the case a lot of people believe keynote speaking is a deluxe and prestigious profession.

There’s no question as an entertainer or keynote speaker you can earn a significant amount of income and become very much sought after. However, most successful speakers or entertainers spend a lot of time in airports around the world or hotels in a variety of cities.

To be able to have a career in speaking or to become a motivational speaker, you need to first be or at least be perceived to be an expert in some subject.

What we most commonly see as a successful keynote speaker is a person who has achieved a very high standing in their profession or sport. It is not however the only way to become a successful motivational speaker.

The art of speaking or indeed being a trainer is centred around your capability to retain the focus of your audience. It is what most speakers refer to as the skills to get your audience to lean in.

So What has Changed?

Perhaps the revolution in the speaking industry has been the evolution of TED talks. Even though many keynote speakers and entertainers focus on delivering content over a 45 minute to one hour period, TED forces you to deliver an impactful message in less than 18 minutes.

The lesson for any speaker relates to the capability for the audience to focus over a extended period of time.

It must be noted that while each TED talk is of a shorter duration, the audience is able to maintain focus over several sessions in the same evening.

The lesson therefore to anybody desiring to be a trainer or speaker quite simply must learn to keep your audience engaged over larger spans of time using various tools like humour, audience participation or emotion. Essentially you have to learn to be a number of personalities in the same talk.

Many organizations such as toastmasters concentrate on training people to become speakers, however in many examples the training is somewhat old school. While it is valuable to know the tools of the trade, just like many professions, times have changed and we never have necessarily responded to the change. 

An excellent example is within the writing industry. Where books were previously a minimum of 80,000 words, the evolution of the eBook industry has produced a demand for 8000 word ebooks. 

The same is true in speaking where today we worry less with regards to the “umm’s, err’s or “like’s” in a sentence and much more with regard to the ability for the speaker to entertain us and hold us captive to their narrative. 

Canada is one country that provides many high quality entertainers and speakers. To be a canadian speaker you can get not only the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (which has membership requirements in regards to your experience) but in addition several premium quality speaker agencies.

As you move the desire to become a speaker may focus you on a path of writing a keynote and preparing yourself for the big day, it’s also wise to be prepared to be multi-talented.

Most motivational speakers derive a significant portion of their income from selling books at their events. In addition they deliver workshops for the same audience so as to add value to their service.

In this circumstance the skills to create a book or host a workshop need to be acquired or purchased that can assist you in your career progression.

If you are excited about a career in speaking in North America, I would recommend highly you look to either the National Speakers Association in the USA or the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers in Canada. 

Once you have opened enough doors to start to get bookings, it is an extremely rewarding career and one that can be very profitable also.