You’re a mindset away from winning your battles!
|April 16, 2013||Posted by Assegid under Mind, Positive Thinking, Success, Updates||
One of the most important assets the human race has, unlike other creations, is the infinitely powerful mind. The question is whether it is working in favor of each and every one of us or against us. Whether we configured our mind to program us back to win our battles or not. Whether we have the right mindset to overcome our challenges or not.
On April 13 2013, I delivered a motivational speech to inspire my audience about the importance of mindset. The difference between winners and losers; between achievers and mediocre; between successful people and complacent ones is the mindset they have. We can have all kinds of advantages such as a world class education, millions of inheritance money, and people in high places. Without the right mindset, these all sum up to nothing. On the other hand, regardless of so many disadvantages and drawbacks, we could be able to witness so many successful and wealthy individuals who started from scratch and as underdogs by all measures but ended up winning all the battles and overcoming all kinds of obstacles.
I used the well known story of David-Goliath to make my case. I asked my audience what was the difference between David, the shepherd boy, and the thousands of soldiers who were terrorized by the giant Goliath? There was not just one but three differences. They were:
- Well trained
- Well equipped
- Given incentive after incentive to kill Goliath
But, none of them confronted the giant, let alone to kill him. On the other hand, David who had all the disadvantages against him did confront, and finally killed the giant. He:
- Didn’t have any formal military training
- Was poorly equipped (a sling and a stone :-))
- Was an outsider
You know the story, David who had the right mindset, which he developed while he was protecting his sheep from lions and bears, confronted and killed the despising giant, cut off his head, and that eventful day launched him to a new height he never imagined, and finally to become the most loved king of Israel. What are the lessons we learn from this story?
Let me ask you: Are you an underdog in the battle you are in right now? What is blocking you to reach where you wanna be in life? Who is your giant? What is standing between you and your personal and organizational goals? Who is terrorizing you? Whatever are your answers, you are a mindset away. Don’t panic, hide, and become restless…
I don’t advocate a principle I haven’t tested in my own life. That is why, I try all my best to share my personal story in my writings and speeches. It isn’t to boost but rather to allow my readers and audience relate with me. I am an ordinary guy who found himself an underdog in many situations. That is what I shared with my audience. I told them that whether I lost or won a battle, it all depended on my mindset at that particular time in my life. I lost some of my battles because I was not ready within; my mindset wasn’t right. However, I had some success stories I attribute to my mindset.
One of such a success story was my attempt to become the president of Addis Ababa University (AAU) Students’ Union, the largest university in Ethiopia, in 1997. I was the underdog 🙂 Here were the three reasons that made me an underdog:
- I was from Veterinary Medicine Faculty, one of the despised field of studies in Ethiopia. I don’t know about your country but back home, fellow students mock their peers from field of studies such as veterinary medicine, geology, etc. Now, you have a clear picture on how I was viewed. Okay, these student leaders may not have the same perspective like other students about my field of study but there is another similar reality that made me an underdog. The union never had leaders from science and medicine fields. Almost all, as far as I know, were from social science fields.
- My faculty was 45 KM away from the capital city and the main campus, and convincing student representatives to elect me as their president while I didn’t have a car was a hard sell.
- I was an obscure guy known only by two representatives out of 30 or 40 representatives from various departments of AAU.
On the other hand, the two other contestants were well known by the majority of the student representatives, and I was also informed that the former were lobbying the latter for months so as to vote for them. However, regardless of the aforementioned drawbacks, I had been preparing myself and developing my mindset for more than three years. I had already won the contest in my mind. That was obvious on the election day. When my turn came, I went inside to make my case with confidence. I appeared as if I was already the president. I didn’t compare myself with the other two contestants. I explained my vision and laid down my plans on how I would take the student union to a new hieght. My speech was interrupted so many times by loud applauses, and they gave me a standing ovation when I was done with my contest speech. Finally, I was elected overwhelmingly except two or three votes…
What is the moral of this story? Even if you may be an underdog, you have a chance to win your battle if you have the right mindset. It isn’t what you have but who you have become. If you configure your mind to think victory and success, and if you could be able to see yourself overcoming your challenges, you will become a victor/victoria, successful, and conquerer.
Your mind is amazingly powerful and your advocate; use it in your favor. Evaluate the current status of your mind, and if you don’t like it, change it! Rather than making you a winner and achiever, if it is programing you to fear, lose, and belittle yourself, this is time to renew it. Feed yourself with the right stories, books, and biographies. Associate with the right people with the right mindset. Closely monitor your thoughts on a consistent basis and don’t entertain those that don’t empower you to win your battles and become who you wanna be! You are closer than you think. You are just a mindset away!
If you are interested, you may watch the video at YouTube: