How Thinking like a Loser Can Make You a Winner
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here
I'm going to tell you a story about what went through my mind during the finals of a competition, but frankly it's what goes through my mind during any intense situation. To boil everything I talk about down into one word, it would be "mindset." Mindset meaning: the established set of attitudes. The attitudes I hold are far from perfect, what they are is functional and productive for my personality.
Whether it's sports, public speaking, or any intense activity, we're told to think like a winner — to own the room and destroy our enemies! That's nice, but I'm only human. A lot of thoughts go through my head very quickly and I can't control them all. Sometimes I have to let go and think what I'm going to think and let it pass on its own. I will never be able to remove all doubts, and I have come to accept them as a part of myself, it's something that keeps me sharp and informed.
I have heard the most dominant champions of MMA say, their mindset before a fight is that of extreme fear and confidence. Not going back and forth between the two feelings, they feel both emotions at once. When they are too relaxed or have no doubts is when they feel complacent and buying into their own hype. Well, I don't know about extreme confidence, but I have the fear part down.