過去幾年，因為在澳洲經營的社群 LGBD（Little Girl Big Dream），我很幸運地透過演講邀約、業師計畫等活動，認識了不少澳洲最具代表性的成功企業家，他們也大方地分享了自己職涯中的成功經驗和心得。
我請來的專業運動員，名字叫萊恩（Layne Beachley），她是全澳洲最有名的體壇菁英之一，也是全球唯一奪得 7 項世界冠軍的女性衝浪選手。在她身上，我學到珍貴的 5 堂課，也改變了我對追求成功的心法。在此分享給大家：
1. 80/20 法則新詮釋
許多成功運動員和企業家發現，80/20 法則的新解，在於「贏家的誕生，80% 靠意志力，只有 20% 是來自專業能力。」尤其在專業菁英領域的競爭，彼此競爭力、技巧高下差異不大；最後決定勝負的，往往是讓贏家能夠突破極限的意志。因此，不論在哪個產業、專業領域或環境下，想求勝，第一步都是建立起好「贏家的心態」。
Do you have what it takes to win?──5 lessons on winning that I learnt from a world champion surfer
Everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to come out on top. But not everyone has what it takes. Winning requires more than skills and expertise, it requires a winning mindset.
Over the years, through the network that I run across Australia (Little Girl Big Dream), we’ve had the privilege of hosting some of Australia’s most iconic business executives as our speakers and program mentors. They come in to share their career journey, success stories and lessons they have learnt along the way. But it wasn’t until recently, that I engaged an athlete for the first time, to speak about the art of winning.
I knew that I wanted to hear from an athlete because no one probably faces the stakes of winning and losing as much as they do on a daily basis, because winning and losing is probably more critical in their world than in any other profession and I knew that they would have a powerful perspective to share because no one could probably comprehend the joy of winning and the pain of losing as intimately as a professional athlete.
Her name is Layne Beachley, one of Australia’s most elite athletes, the first female surfer to claim 7 world champion titles. Here are some valuable lessons from her that have transformed my approach to winning–
1. The 80/20 Rule
A rule followed by many successful athletes and business leaders finds winning is 80% mental and 20% physical. This is especially true when you're competing at an elite level, as it is the mindset, not necessarily the technical competency or skills that will get you over the edge. No matter what industry or circumstances you find yourself in, the first step to win is to build a winning mindset.
2. Start with a purpose
We can't discuss a winning mindset without talking about defining your why. There is always the motivation of wanting to win, everybody has that, but champions need an attitude that includes a level of motivation that goes above and beyond winning. It's with this sense of purpose and clarity that you can then begin the journey to achieve what you desire from your life, business or career, and enjoy longevity in your success. So start by identifying the reasons that drive you to succeed. This sense of purpose will directly impact your resilience and mental toughness.
3. Get “Flawsome”
For most of us, this one will sound new and strange. "Authenticity" has been the buzzword for brands over the past few years, but this idea of "flawsome" takes it to the next level. Instead of denying, resisting and ignoring our flaws, we can use them to be "awesome". This involves complete self-awareness of your shortcomings, acknowledging the reality of such flaws, being transparent about these flaws and forming a plan for dealing with them. We aren't perfect, but it's about knowing your strengths and playing to them.
4. Pursue progression over perfection
Most of us instinctively spend a lot of time and energy seeking the big breakthroughs, moments that are incredibly satisfying, yet extremely hard to come by. They're called breakthroughs because they're rare. Focusing only on the breakthroughs can lead to constant disappointment and frustration, and cause you to lose sight of the smaller, incremental improvements that will form the building blocks of your success. The payoffs of a "small win" mindset are that you can stay more motivated and focused on the present. So seek and acknowledge small improvements one day at a time.
5. Go for “we” over “me”
Winning does not have to be a lonely journey; the traditional notion of winning as a solo pursuit may no longer be the case today. Think about how can we collaborate with each other to win? Relationship building is key to winning, and winning does not and should not have to depend on other people's failures. People who generally support others to succeed are often the ones who become the most successful. We need to build a supportive network that can hold you accountable to your goals and stimulate one another.
Finally, here is a quick self-diagnosis to assess which mindset best describes you–
Do you compare yourself to other people all the time and believe that in order to succeed others must fail? To you, is success relative?
Do you think you can never achieve anything worthwhile, so why should others? Is negativity the order of the day for you? Do you criticise people who have great plans for life? Do you feel you have tried already and it didn't work so why try again?
Do you dream? Do you believe that you are capable and will succeed? Do you realize that your success does not depend on other people's failure and that to the contrary, your success depends on other people's success?
Now, do you have what it takes to win?
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