When faced with a challenging or taxing problem, whether a solution is required in the immediacy or over a period of time, an open mindset is key. You don’t need to know how you’re going to find the answer, you just need to have belief you will.
Faced with a crisis, our fight, flight or freeze response can come into play, depending on how intense the situation is. Have you noticed that when feeling anxious and stressed, finding a solution to a problem seems to elude you? When tense, we’re generally in a negative state and our brain becomes in a way, closed off thus finding creative solutions is much more difficult or even impossible. When relaxed, we have a strong, positive belief we can find answers to problems; the brain is mobilised to seek & present solutions to our conscious mind.
This year’s Super Bowl is a prime example. The New England Patriots played the Atlanta Falcons and with only 20 minutes of the game left, the score was 28-3 to the Falcons. In fifty previous Super Bowls, the largest deficit to overcome to win the game was 10 points. The New England Patriots were 25 down. Seemingly impossible. The team had two choices – panic and try to play as good as they could but with a mindset like this, you’re playing to avoid failure; or, draw on everything you’ve got left in the tank, pull together remembering the playbook you’ve spent hours studying together and be mindful your team has previously won four Super Bowl Championships. Knowing they had the team strategy, dynamics and mindset to pull this off, evidently, they went for it.
I’m afraid I was one of those who, when a team are so far down in a game, you leave the stadium only to find out they miraculously managed a revival akin to Lazarus. So, after watching the half-time spectacular that is Lady Gaga, at 1.30am, I switched the TV off and went to snoozeville. In the morning, I of course find out I’ve missed one of Super Bowl’s greatest ever comebacks. Brilliant.
But this isn’t about my inability to second-guess the greatness of the New England Patriots, it’s about understanding the immense power of self-belief and coupled with great team-working, how you’ve got an unstoppable team. So, whether you have a situation where you need to respond in the now or if you’re in the middle of what seems a long-protracted process of sorting through a major issue, do not give up. Don’t leave the stadium early. Stick it out – know that the answer will present itself as a result of your tenacity, self-belief and expecting success mindset. An open mindset will enable you to spot the opportunities and therefore, they will come. Trust me.
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz, Head coach, New York Jets (1976)
By Kirsty Perrin
About the Author: Having been immersed in the Winning Edge principles from an early age, Kirsty’s philosophy is to be the best you can be and to enjoy what you do in life.
Kirsty knows that personal development is a continuous journey and therefore has a genuine desire and enthusiasm to help people realise their full potential, to be a success in their life-whatever that may mean to them.
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