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10 Secrets Behind The Psychology Of Winning By Denis Waitley

by Denis Waitley January 8, 2018

Denis Waitley has studied champions for years and discovered the secret behind the success of super performers like Elon Musk and Michael Phelps. He realized that it’s not just talent, hard work, and or luck that makes a super performer — it’s the mindset that determines whether they succeed or fail.

Here’s an infographic with 10 quotes from Denis Waitley about the psychology of winning.


10 Quotes To Keep You Going — Even When You Feel Burned Out

You’re not alone if you feel stuck. If you feel like you’re taking the necessary steps but not seeing the results. Don’t panic.

Here’s the thing — the road to success is often filled with challenges, pitfalls, and tunnels.

But you know what to do. These quotes are just the reminders of knowledge you already have.

1. Leave Your Limitations Behind

It’s not what you are that holds you back. It’s what you think you are.

— Denis Waitley

If you want to become the person you could be, you have to let go of who you are. Or, more specifically, who you think you are.

If you don’t believe you’re able to have an impact, you’ll never see all the opportunities to. And if you believe x amount of money (name your price) is the most you’ll ever make, that will be your invisible ceiling.

Forget about who you are, and focus on who you’re becoming.

2. Your Mindset Is Everything

Your attitude determines your altitude.

— Denis Waitley

This quote is 100% true. Yes, having a good attitude isn’t a magic cure (though it is pretty close). But a bad attitude is always an obstacle.

You don’t want to be your own worst enemy, so make your mindset your biggest ally instead.

3. It’s A Balancing Act

You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective.

— Denis Waitley

You might be thinking, “Easier said than done!” And yes, you’d be absolutely right. But the things worth doing, the treasures worth finding, are always the most challenging to do.

Trust us, the reward is embedded in the process.

4. Your Word Is Your Biggest Asset

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.

— Denis Waitley

When you start to break the promises you make, you also start to take yourself less seriously. It’s important to want to do good — but it’s also important to make good on your promises.

You want to be the person who delivers, not the person who lets themselves (and others) down.

5. The 3 Most Important Life Principles

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

— Denis Waitley

Three words for you here: Keep. It. Simple.

Life’s full of twist and turns — and living your life by principles helps you simplify and clarify how you should act.

6. Life’s Not About Your Paycheck

Chase your passion, not your pension.

— Denis Waitley

No one on their deathbed has ever looked back on their life and said, “I wish I had just spent more time at the office.”

But people do look back and say, “I wish I had pursued my dreams.” Or, “I wish I had spent more time with my family.”

Only you know what matters to you — but make sure that’s what you’re pursuing.

7. Understand The Laws Of Life

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

— Denis Waitley

In order to enjoy life, you have to understand the laws of life: accept or create. Surrender or change.

At the end of the day, you’re responsible for knowing where your boundaries are and how to respect them.

8. Let Your Imagination Drive Your Creation

When you visualize, you materialize.

— Denis Waitley

Steve Jobs. Oprah. Elon Musk.

It all starts with a dream.

9. Use Your Gifts — And Pass Down Your Own

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

— Denis Waitley

Your greatest gift to your children, to society, and to yourself is to fulfill your responsibilities and establish your independence.

10. Life’s A Game, So Play It Well

Success in life comes from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.

— Denis Waitley

Not all hands in life are dealt fairly or evenly. But the wonderful thing about the modern world is that more than ever before, we’re able to change our circumstances.

So if you don’t hold the perfect hand, focus on the strategies you can play well right now to get you through to the next round. Eventually, you’ll win the whole damn thing.


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Which of these quotes resonates with you the most?

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by Denis Waitley
Denis Waitley is perhaps the greatest coach America has ever produced. Not only has he trained Apollo astronauts at NASA, winning US Olympians, and business titans at major US corporations, he’s also worked with returning American Prisoners of War (POWs) to literally crack the code on how anyone can stretch their potential and win from within — even in the harshest conditions. He’s the mind behind the best selling personal growth course in human history, The Psychology Of Winning, which now has over $100 million in sales and 2 million students enrolled. Denis is now calling on you personally to join us on this unique Mindvalley Quest for 90 transformational days and discover how to exceed your own potential and win big.

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