Mindset Series #6

Understanding the mindset of the WINNER

Ever considered why you love winning?

Think about the thrill of victory, the satisfaction of accomplishment, the gratification of loving relationships, or even the simple pleasure of savouring a delicious treat.

These are some of the experiences that make life worth living, and there is a brain chemical primarily responsible for creating those pleasurable feelings.

Question is how do we stimulate the release of this chemical ... and does a winning mindset rely on it?

There are several schools of thought that try classify us into categories of performance or habit or goals or personality types. Telling us about our strengths and weaknesses the things we are good at and the things that need improvement. Why do we love these tests so much? and do they really tell us anything about ourselves we don't already know? I love to learn and always try to improve my mind, body, attitude, life, not entirely sure why I have this inherent drive in me but I'm sure most people do. We all want more, we all want better don't we? ... I'm no different and as a result, I love testing myself and I love feeling like I'm winning.

The question is how many of us will actually do the work to get better, to get stronger to make the changes necessary to win? and what do we need to do to achieve those objectives? For the athlete, it's about practice, repetition, nutrition, incremental improvements over time, measured performance to the point of competition and beyond, one season after the next. The same is true for anything in life, the only difference is the extent of the measure, the level of monitoring and of course the drive to win. Now I'm not suggesting that we all need to be first at everything in life, this is about a mindset, your mindset that pushes you towards being your best. That in itself is winning, agree?

In my experience ... anything that gets measured (is focused on and will improve over time) gets done.

With this in mind, I started this year reviewing my performance for the past year and shared some of my thoughts in a blog post at the start of the year. I have planned out my year and have a really clear vision of what I want to achieve so I am super motivated to grow and improve and for the first time ever I will be measuring things that really matter to me. I have spent the last two years investing in my business by working with business coaches. Putting everything I have learned into practice has moved me forward much faster than I could ever have done on my own. I have no doubt that my investment in personal and business development will continue because that's something I feel passionate about and value in my own life. Finding the right coach at the right point in your journey is the key to your success, I can say that because for me it is true.

How am I going to make the leaps I plan to make? given my recent research into mindset ... the answer begins with a D!!

Think about the thrill of victory, the satisfaction of accomplishment, the gratification of loving relationships, or even the simple pleasure of savouring a delicious treat. These are some of the experiences that make life worth living, and dopamine is the brain chemical primarily responsible for creating those pleasurable feelings. Dopamine influences almost every aspect of life, from the ability to feel pleasure and happiness to motivation, energy, and even the power to control movement. Low dopamine levels severely diminish the physiological and cognitive responses that combine to make each day enjoyable, but there are many natural, healthy ways to boost dopamine levels and recapture the zest for life. - http://www.braintropic.com

So what is DOPAMINE exactly ...

In popular culture and media, dopamine is often seen as the main chemical of pleasure, but the current opinion in pharmacology is that dopamine instead confers motivational salience; in other words, dopamine signals the perceived motivational prominence (i.e., the desirability or aversiveness) of an outcome, which in turn propels the organism's behaviour toward or away from achieving that outcome. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional response, and it enables us not only to see rewards but to take action to move toward them. – Psychology Today

So we have some very interesting sounding outcomes to consider when talking about dopamine. From recapturing the zest for life to the chemical of pleasure we chase without even realising it, to regulating our emotional responses and our understanding of rewards to move towards them ... all very cool indeed!

Not only does it help us feel good but we can use this amazing chemical to boost our productivity which has to be the way forward for boosting our achievements and the cycle continues. Here are a few things you can do to boost your dopamine levels and feel amazing every day! 

Here are 7 things you can do to increase dopamine and boost productivity:


Dopamine increases when we finish tasks, small or large, it doesn't really matter. Make a list of things you need to do and tick them off as you go, in fact, if you start your day with achieving one small task like making your bed, you will set yourself up for the day and want to continue on that brain-boosting path of getting stuff done.


I know you know this. The benefits of physical exercise are vast, an endorphin rush after you have sweated and felt the workout is something that really helps to keep those of us who are regular exercisers doing just that, getting sweaty and working out! Stress relief, improved focus, better physical health and lasting energy that makes us more productive, this boosts our dopamine levels. Whether you are a gym goer or like to walk, run, cycle or dance, it doesn't matter, you will feel better for doing it.


This goes hand in hand with finishing what you begin, being consistent and marking these days off in a calendar to show how many days you have been successful is a great way to increase dopamine levels. Use a journal or list your objectives in your calendar, then mark off the days you do what you set out to do in your calendar and keep it consistent. Hit your goals and that feel good factor will last.


Unleashing your creativity enables us to be focused or get into a flow where everything seems possible. Dopamine is the brain chemical that allows us to get into this state.  So find a creative outlet you enjoy and do it often.


Listen to music! It has an incredible effect on us, think about this, if you're feeling a bit flat or down and you put on your favourite music, before you know it you'll be dancing away and feeling a whole lot better about things. The reason for this is that listening to music has the same effect as eating our favourite foods so when you’re feeling blue, listen to music.


I love listening to motivational speeches. If I am ever feeling a little lost or like I need to focus, especially good for me in the gym! Double dopamine boost for me ... thank you very much indeed. Here is one of my favourite speeches.

Best Motivational Speech Compilation EVER #14 - DISCIPLINE | 30-Minutes of the Best Motivation


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