THE MIND GAME OF WINNING: LESSONS FROM A NAIL-BITER NBA PLAYOFF GAME

This weekend I did something I rarely do. I watched a basketball game on television. In fact, it was the first game I’ve watched the entire season. It was game six of the NBA playoffs, Warrior vs. Thunder, a nail biter of a game regardless of who you were rooting for.

Warrior fans watched their team trail most of the game. Thunder fans watched their team fight for every point of their lead and lose it in the last two minutes.

And although the Warriors ultimately won the game, there were no losers—not really.

Sometimes a win looks like a loss, but make no mistake: that game was a testament of two teams who pushed each other to new levels of performance. And that is a win in my book.

Here is a key lesson I took away from this game and the post interviews:

Winning is a mind game first.

  • Get in the game (winning is for players not spectators.)
  • Show up to win (believe you will win. Visualize it.)
  • Take the shots (be willing to embrace risk.)
  • Involve your team (winning happens in community.)
  • Ignore the clock (every second counts.)
  • A win looks like a loss sometimes (you make it a win when you decide it is.)

I have learned that winning in business and in life is not that difficult. It’s not a mystery. It’s predictable.

In fact, winning today is simpler than you think. Why?

Because MOST people …

  • Don’t get in the game (they much rather sit on the sidelines)
  • Don’t show up to win (they show up afraid… of losing)
  • Don’t take the shots (risk makes them anxious)
  • Don’t involve a team (they’re solo players)
  • Think time’s ran out (they quit before the clock runs out)
  • Believe they’ve lost already (don’t see the wins in the apparent loses)

If you are still reading this post, you are NOT “most people.”  You like to win. You are a winner.

Now go make your move and win the game today.