Many people think their skills, education and knowledge are what will help them with success in their chosen career. As we become more aware of the part mindset plays it is then a good debate as to which is the most important – mindset or skillset.
The question of mindset or skillset was demonstrated beautifully in a tennis match last night in Australia. I think sport is a very visual representation of how this can play out in our businesses and lives.
The Australian Open is one of 4 of the annual grand slams (if you do not follow tennis). The other three are the US Open, French and Wimbledon.
Of course as it is summer now in Australia and the majority of players come in from the northern hemisphere it is tough on their bodies. Especially the first week this year when Melbourne put on daily temperatures in the 40’s Celsius (well over 100 for the US readers).
So maybe heat has played it’s part but last night there was a match that so clearly demonstrated mindset or skillset to me.
Australian Open – day 9 Quarterfinals
We saw the three-time defending champion and four-time winner of the Australian Open Novak Djokovic lose an epic four-hour clash against Stanislas Wawrinka. The result ended the Serb’s remarkable 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park along with his 14-match run against the Swiss.
Novak Djokovic is currently ranked number 2 in the world. It was evident watching the match that he was not in the right mindset to win. He clearly has the skillset but his mindset last night let him down.
Bringing it back to business
So what does this have to do with business? I think everything. It is just more visible on a tennis court or football field and the results are immediate.
Now to be a top tennis player of course you have to have an amazing skill set and do a lot of practice. Just like in our businesses we need to have the skills to do our businesses.
I am not in anyway inferring that if our mindset is solid we can rely on that alone. Of course not. I clearly would not be writing this blog post if I had not learned some skills along the way 🙂
Just like in tennis where mindset is critical in getting to the top so it is in business. The people in any business role at the top of their game have the right mindset and belief. And you get they all have worked on it.
I have a couple of short videos here I shot last week with some tips that you may find helpful.
The first one here is on reframing and defining yourself. Very important for success.
This next one is about setting yourself up to win by having “rules” that empower. I was inspired by Tony Robbins writing about it in the book I recently read.
So what do you think – mindset or skillset?
I am looking forward to your comments on this one. Please share this post if you found value.
Make it a great day.