7 Ways to Build a Winning Mentality

Adam Strong
4 min readSep 18, 2020


Want to build a successful business, run the London Marathon or achieve relationship goals? Focus on your mindset!

I’ve been able to take my experience from elite sport and bring it into the business world. One of these lessons that I’ve been working on from a very young age relates to how to build a winning mentality. This has become a focus of a lot of my coaching because mindset is a key fundamental in growing a successful business.

For example, I could give you a blueprint for creating a successful business, but without the right mindset, it almost certainly wouldn’t work. It’s a bit like wanting to run the London Marathon, but with zero experience. You could design a plan for completing the marathon, but without the right mindset, the chance of completing the successfully marathon is very slim. However, if you had conditioned your mindset prior to receiving the plan, you would be much more likely to succeed.

So, how do you start building your winning mentality?

There are a number of things that you need in order to condition your mindset so that you build the right mentality for the success in the future.

Number 1: Take personal responsibility.

One of the things that I have observed in the entrepreneurial world in particular, is the habit of playing the blame game when people don’t succeed. Some people start to blame their partners, their kids or their colleagues.

Remember that for every finger that you point at somebody, there are always four fingers pointing back at you.

Number 2: Make a decision.

Decide if you’re going to move forward or stay as you are. The decision depends on circumstances, but you’ve got to make the decision.

Number 3: Develop a positive belief system.

Believe that you can be a successful entrepreneur, that you can achieve a goal, that you can do what you set out to. If you don’t believe that you can help people, then people are going to feel that — they have an intuition. When I have conversations with people, I go with my gut feeling.

One of the big sticking points for a lot of entrepreneurs or business owners is that they become emotionally attached to the “no”. People may start to compare and start to judge and start to develop negative thought patterns around why they’re not good enough. But you’ve got to believe in yourself more than anything else.

Number 4: Have a great attitude.

A great attitude towards your life is an important part of developing a winning mindset. Without a good attitude, the relationships that you build along the way will be severely affected

Number 5: Go back to your why.

We had a great session with our members in the Game Changers Next Level club. And one of the things that we talked about was how to develop your why. I recommend watching a great TED talk by Simon Sinek on YouTube.

Ask yourself what the reason is that you are on this earth; what’s the reason why you’ve been created? Also ask yourself why your why is it important to you. Stand in front of the mirror and have a Q&A session with yourself. Interrogate yourself and ask what the reason was for doing what you’re doing. challenge yourself to be clear about why you get out of bed in the morning, why you make the content you make or why you want to help people.

Number 6: Eliminate distractions.

The world right now is a little upside down, and there are so many distractions out there. Whether it be social media, whether it be kids, whether it be the environment, the television, there are so many distractions.

You need to figure out if your mindset is being affected through these distractions. Get a pen and paper and write out those distractions in a list. Then, find out ways to remove those distractions.

Number 7: Learn from others.

If you learn from other people’s mistakes, then you essentially shortcut your ways to success. As you learn from their mistakes, it gives you more of a platform to start from. Now, I’m not saying that making mistakes is a bad thing. Rather, trying to minimise those mistakes is going to be crucial in your success.

When I first started running, these 7 methods were a great way to deal with all the negative voices in my head that were telling me that I wasn’t good enough. Using these tips, I was able to flip a switch and change my mindset.

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Adam Strong

Adam is known as a Game Changer, Ultra High Achiever, Personal Productivity Authority, Entrepreneur, Podcaster and Keynote Speaker. adamstrong.net