Eddie Jones, the England rugby team’s head coach, has described England’s defeat by Ireland on Sunday as “a great learning experience.” In an interview yesterday, Jones demonstrated high levels of resilience and optimism by taking responsibility for the outcome, saying, “I don’t think I gave the team the right environment to prepare well. I don’t think I created the right mindset for the team and I need to look at what I said and what I didn’t say and improve that for the future.”
This ability to harness your EQ to bounce back from setbacks by taking the learnings from a situation and moving forward is the key to success both on the rugby pitch and in the commercial world. So what lessons can we learn from the world of rugby to help us adopt a winning mindset that delivers commercial success?
3 Ways To Adopt A Winning Mindset:
Believe In Yourself
One of the most iconic examples of a winning mindset is, without doubt, the All Black’s performing the Haka; no one can fail but be impressed by the way it galvanizes the team together, boosting their confidence and preparing them for the match ahead. Now I’m not suggesting you do a war cry before each meeting, but whenever you feel your self-esteem is taking a tumble, take the time to identify your key skills and strengths. . Silence your inner gremlin – that negative voice inside your head that tells you why you can’t achieve something – by finding evidence of when you successfully turned around a situation that seemed impossible at the time. By believing in yourself, you are more likely to convince others that you are a force to be reckoned with.
See Your Glass As Half Full
Whether you are a rugby player or a commercial athlete, the ability to focus on the positives of a situation is crucial to success. As humans we are hardwired to be more negative than positive – there is an evolutionary basis for this as it help us survive threats and manage risk. However it also means that when circumstances don’t turn out like we’d hoped, it’s easy to fall into a downward spiral of negativity. Emotionally resilient people, on the other hand, have the ability to reframe negative thoughts into positive ones. Eddie Jones clearly demonstrated this trait, when he described Sunday’s defeat as “great for us,” saying “these sort of things harden you because you learn from them.” By picking yourself up when times are tough, dusting yourself down and moving forward, you are more likely to develop a winning mindset that helps you raise your game
Be Proud Of Your Success
Being proud of yourself, your team and your work are powerful ingredients that drive success. In the case of the England team, they need to remember that although they were defeated on Sunday and missed out on the Six Nations Grand Slam, they still won the championship. It’s the same in the business world – you need to own your success rather than putting it down to luck or being in the right place at the right time. A great way to do this is to visualise what success looks like to you. Whether it’s winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019, or winning a major contract from a new customer, by picturing what good looks like you are more likely to develop a winning mindset that sets you apart from the competition.
Finally, as you follow these three steps to adopt a winning mindset, it’s important to remember you don’t have to do this all by yourself. Just as the England rugby team rely on the help of coaches and managers to be the best that they can be, don’t be afraid to ask for support from a colleague, mentor or coach so you too can achieve your commercial personal best.