Psychology of Winning – Denis Waitley

Psychology of Winning Review

One of the original self help audio books. It was recommended on some podcast I listened to. Full of actionable content and very little filler. The risk with this type of material in 2019 is that it all sounds cliche, it has been recycled and reused in so may ways that it has lost its impact.

But if you can let go of preconceived notions (not easy) and listen to what is being said the material is very powerful.

The older I become the more I realise that this game of life is all a mindset game.

Paraphrasing Sam Harris: ‘Perspective is everything. In practice we spend our lives learning how to live… The sooner we realise that the quality of our mind determines the quality of our life, the sooner we can truly live.’


Psychology of Winning Book Notes

Positive Self Expectancy

Optimism and enthusiasm. Expect to win in advance.
What is your expectation for yourself?
What are your close friends expectations of you?
See problems and opportunity.
Be calm, cool, collected.

Positive Self Motivation

Winners are driven by desire. We become our thoughts.
Fear and desire drive us.
Use positive language.
Replace can’t with can, try with will.
Focus on present success.
Surround yourself with what you want.

Positive Self Image

What you think will happen will happen.
Your outer world is a projection of your inner world.
Imagine your best self.

Positive Self Direction

Set specific goals. Review.
Different time frames.

Positive Self Control

Take 100% responsibility for life. You can be whatever you want to be.
Remove words have to and can’t.
Accept praise and criticism.
Cause = effect (even if we don’t understand whole system).

Positive Self Discipline

Practice. Practice. Practice.
Make winning a habit.
Choose your self image.
Visual and sensory simulation.
Self talk.

Positive Self Esteem

Self development is a never ending lifetime process.
Positive self talk. You Story.
Accept all compliments with thank you.
Dress and look your best at all times.
Your internal robot is recording everything.

Positive Self Dimension

Projection of high self esteem to others.
Create other winners.
Care about family, friends and community.
Live in the moment. Now.

Positive Self Projection

Presence. Friendly and charismatic.
First impression key.
Go first. Speak first. Reach out first.
Eye contact.
“Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying”
Take 100% responsibility for understanding and being understood.
Find something you like in everyone.

Winning Keys

  1. Adapt to change, complexity and competition
  2. Enjoy the game
  3. Cut out the news
  4. Life long learning
  5. Proactive innovation
  6. Intuitive management
  7. Excellence not perfection
  8. You are your financial security
  9. Remember where you came from
  10. Be a role model and team player

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