A Winning Mindset – In it for the Long Haul

The winner of the race never slows down before the finish line.

She picks up speed and gives it her all because she has a winning mindset that says “push through tired”… “push harder even when you think you can’t…”, “Focus on your goal.”

A winning mindset doesn’t give in to tired. The winner doesn’t obey his body. He listens, but then commands his body to obey him, because he knows that it can. He is the master, and mind over matter is real. The winner applies a winning mindset to life.

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To win the game of life requires that we stay in the game, push through tired and pick up speed.

If that sounds hard and tiring, well sure, it can be. However, it also gets easier, because the more you do, the more you’re able to do because you grow stronger from every effort. The stronger you are, the more capable.

Success is just hard work coming to fruition.

A winning mindset pulls from the reservoir of power called determination to change state and fate.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Mindset Training

No matter when you’re reading this… if you’re way behind where you wanted to be at this point in your journey, don’t worry. From this moment forward, based on where you are today and where you want to go, just start heading in the direction of your dreams.

On iCreateDaily, we focus on the power of mindset, positivity and gratitude because it makes all the difference. It bears repeating to the 10th power… over and again.

Train your mind to focus on how far you’ve come and to focus on gratitude for the blessings in your life. Celebrate in the joy and privilege of creating and doing work you love. The more you adopt the habits of a winning mindset, the more that will take over and bolster your life.

Turning pro is a mindset.
~Steven Pressfield, author

Keep it Simple

Don’t make your journey difficult or complicated. Don’t create elaborate plans that overwhelm you before you start. And don’t waste time on a business plan that will be filed and never read again.

Keep it simple. Like you, your plan will evolve as you go. Just set the course that is most apparent in the direction of your dreams, head in that direction daily, and the rest will sort itself out along the way.

It’s in the journey that the way becomes more clear.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

No matter when you're reading this... if you’re way behind where you wanted to be at this point in your journey, don’t worry. From this moment forward, based on where you are today and where you want to go, just start heading in the direction of your dreams.


Planning is important, but too many people get caught up in that stage and trying to plan out every detail of the journey. Overthinking stalls progress.

“Analysis paralysis” is real. The perfect plan will always need to be altered as you go, so don’t waste time trying to create that which doesn’t exist. Instead…

Start simply, so that you may simply start.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

7 Simple Steps to Achieve Your Goals

There is strength, power and resolve in commitment, so that’s the first step.

  1. Commit to the journey.
  2. Focus on the positives with gratitude.
  3. Set your course in the direction you want to go.
  4. Make a list of the tasks to be done.
  5. Identify the most important next step from that list… the one that will move you forward the most.
  6. Do that step.
  7. Repeat 1-7 each day, and you will reach your goal.

For more on daily planning, you may enjoy this article. If you need a goals planner, we hope you’ll consider the iCreateDaily 90 Day Goals Journal and Planner.

The Race is with Yourself

Plenty of time to assess and tweak as you go. And while the theme for this article uses the term “race”, remember, the race is with yourself. You’re not in competition with your friends, your associates, your mentors and those who seem to be so far ahead of you.

This is a marathon more than a sprint, and to run a marathon means to get out and run daily. It is in the daily doing that you get better, stronger and more capable.

Your progress is as measured against where you were and where you would’ve been, if not challenging yourself daily to show up and do the work that matters to you.

A marathon is really a daily journey of developing a winning mindset.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Winners Do, Whiners Don’t

All you have to do to win your race is to achieve more today than yesterday (overall). More this month than the last; more this year than last. AND…most importantly, the “more” doesn’t have to be about doing more tasks. In fact, best if it’s not that.

It’s not about cramming more things into each day, though that may also become increasingly possible. Rather, it’s as much about honing in on more of the essential things while increasing your capacity for creating more.

Far better to do more with less than to do less with more.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

A winning mindset doesn’t falter when tired… doesn’t make excuses… doesn’t look for reasons not to do. A winning mindset pushes through tired and finds every way to get it done. But… a winning mindset also knows there’s a time to rest, and a time to seek help.

Anyone can put off until tomorrow what should be done today. Anyone but winners.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Set the Pace… it’s Your Race

This isn’t black and white. Everyone has a different threshold, and runs their own marathon at their own pace. In a marathon, runners stream into the finish line all day long. Finishing… pushing to the finish and even pushing harder when you see that finish line… that goal, is the hallmark of winners.

Believe that everything is a possibility, and then ask what you need to do to make it a reality.
~Lauren McGoodwin, Founder of Career Contessa

Capable of More than You Know

This is your marathon, your journey, your life. The only one you’re running against is yourself and the limitations you’ve set. The temptation when tired is to say and think, “I’m tired”, and to let “tired” dictate what comes next. So we’re not saying don’t rest if you need to.

We are saying don’t assume that feeling tired or helpless or hopeless or ‘less than’, can’t be changed. It can. Absolutely, it can. What we’re saying is that you’re certain to be more capable than you know, and the only way to stretch boundaries is to push against them. The only way to build muscle is to push it. It’s just physics.

The winner of the race never slows down before the finish line. She speeds up and gives it all she’s got.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

The Other Side of Tired

Ironically, while editing this article, I was tired. I didn’t sleep well at all the night before, so hovering in the background was real tiredness, but also the thought that I would, should be and was, tired. That’s the tape I was playing.

When it came time for our usual exercise break to bike our neighborhood hills after walking the dogs, I told Devani I didn’t really feel like it… that I was tired. The tiredness was real… it was legit, AND… it was an excuse. Okay, I was tired. So?!?

Devani—very wisely—said, “You’ll feel better afterward.” And of course she was right. Tired gets pushed to the side when you don’t give in to it. Especially when you replace tired with vigorous physical activity. It’s paradoxical but so true, and we’ve seen and experienced it literally thousands of times in our family over the years.

Energy lives on the other side of tired. Victory lives over the hill from hard.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Adopt a Winning Mindset as Your Own

What makes a painter is to paint. What makes a writer is to write. Daily, regularly, with commitment, persistence and goals. What makes a winner is a winning mindset fortified by winning habits and relentless focus on goals.

Winners never give up and never give in. A winning mindset is as present and predictable as the sunrise, waiting for you ready to illuminate your day and show you the way. A winner is in it for the long haul, so make sure that you’re doing the work you love and aiming for where you want to go, then settle in for the wild ride to the horizon of your dreams.

A winning mindset is as present and predictable as the sunrise. It shows up daily.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com




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