Have you ever asked yourself this question? ‘Do I play to win or do I play to not lose?’
At first these probably sound like the same thing, right? If you’re winning you’re also not losing. But really they’re completely different things – they’re completely different mindsets.
When you’re playing to win, you’re focused on what could go right. And when you’re playing to not lose, you’re focused on what could go wrong.
We all think we’re playing to win, but we’re not. We’re certainly trying. We study hard. We work hard. We try to be healthy, productive, positive and ‘good’ with our money.
But there’s something in the back of our heads telling us that maybe we shouldn’t shine too brightly.
Shining brightly is scary. You get attention and when you get attention there will be more people who will notice if you fail.
There’s something telling us we shouldn’t stand out from the crowd. We shouldn’t do anything too unconventional and we certainly shouldn’t try anything that’s failed for someone else.
How do you know if you’re playing to win?