When I talk about front-loading, I'm not talking about a new washer and dryer. I'm speaking of where you spend the majority of your time and effort, so you can move faster later.
I started my coaching program inside my real estate office this week.
The first session of the program starts off with mindset, or what I call Mindset Getter.
The entire session is about getting your mindset right. Setting yourself up for success. Eliminating negative beliefs and ideas that hold you back. Overcoming fear and how to stop procrastinating.
You know, that kind of stuff that either you think is silly or just can't get enough of.
Here's the thing about mindset, it's not something you have or you don't.
Everyone has a mindset. A mindset about everything. Some people have a mindset that serves them in their goals. Some people have a mindset that hinders them.
I'm not sure where mindset comes from. I don't know if it's a nature vs nurture thing. And candidly, I don't care about discovering which it is. I just need to understand that mindset is something that is. And your mindset can either serve you in a positive way and help your progress feel easy and elegant. Or your mindset can hinder you and it can make things feel like a grind.
Another thing I know about mindset and why I know it matters, not only do successful CEO's talk about mindset but sports psychology for top performing athletes is becoming vital.
THINK and REFLECT on that for a moment.
CEO's focused on products, services, business strategy and profit put importance on mindset. AND athletes who perform with their body are now putting emphasis on their mental game.
Here's a video with Pete Carroll, coach for the Seattle Seahawks and the sports psychologist, Michael Gervais. Pete brought Michael in to work with the Seahawks on their mindset.
Here's a video of CEO's talk about the importance of mindset:
The reason why I believe that you have to front-load with Mindset is: the wrong Mindset is going to pop up sooner or later. It's not a matter of will it? It's a question of "When?"
I've heard physical trainers and nutritionists say the reason why people yo-yo in their weight is they truly don't see themselves as a thin, fit, athletic person.
When someone reaches their goal weight and fitness goals, they don't see themselves as this new person.
They still see themselves as the person that was out of shape. Thus it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They put the weight back on.
It Starts With Right Mindset
You can try to ignore Mindset as the first step. You can say it takes too long. You don't have the time.
My response would be, anything else takes longer.
Don't get me wrong. Action matters.
You can't just sit around thinking, reflecting and analyzing. You have to get moving.
But if you're taking the wrong first steps, you're just wasting resources.
Ramit Sethi talks about front-loading in the aspect of generating business ideas. But the idea is still the same. Front-loading on the right things actually saves you time, money and effort.