Last night’s national championship in Division I college football was the epitome of how top performers think. Most people let the circumstances dictate their thinking. If the game is going well, they think good results are to come. If the game is not going their way, they think they will not have success. However, top performers strive to maintain the belief that they are going to have future success and execute down the stretch regardless. Top performers think differently than most people by using adversity as a positive guidepost as to what is to come. For example, since Jameis Winston was a top QB this season, when facing adversity and not performing up to his capabilities for the first half, he was able to rally. Andrew Luck of the Colts did the same this past weekend. They think differently than most athletes and people. Winston knew that the percentages were in his favor to play better in the 2nd half because he had performed poorly in the first half. If he was a 60% passer for the season and was below this percentage in the first half, he believed that it would turn around to reach his completion percentage. This can be seen in all sports. A top performer in golf who has a bad round doesn’t lose confidence because they think that their next round is going to be amazing to even it out and shoot their scoring average for a tournament. The average thinker starts seeing things go bad and begins to worry about the future and makes rash changes that take them deeper into the downward spiral.
The key to performing like the great champions is to copy their thinking first and foremost. Regardless what has occurred, they believe that the future is brighter.