Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Bill Bartmann: The Mindset of a Billionaire - Part 2 of 5

This is the second part of this mini-series examining some of the fundamental characteristics of a billionaire as identified by Bill Bartmann.

The second characteristic of billionaires is all about belief so to elevate your mind to billionaire thinking:

Believe in Yourself

There have been many individuals who have turned their life around because someone had greater belief in their potential than they had themselves.

This external belief awakened an internal belief and it is this internal belief that helped them to achieve their ultimate success. Unless you believe in yourself you will achieve nothing of consequence.

Basically, there are two types of people in the world - those who tell themselves "I can" and those who tell themselves "I can't". It is the former who are the goal achievers.

Again, you don't have to know how you will achieve your goals. You just have to believe that you CAN achieve your goals. That belief will spur you on to do the things you need to do to turn your goals and dreams into REALITY.

In 1996 Michael Johnson was aiming to be the first athlete to win both the 200m and the 400m at the Olympics. This was no easy feat as these races are strategically very different but Johnson had demonstrated he could win both races. The big question was would he blow it when the pressure was really on. After all, no sporting meet equates to the Olympics.

Johnson thrives on pressure and sees pressure as "a reflection of your ambition". So instead of aiming to ease the pressure and weight of expectation he added to it. He had Nike make him gold track shoes.

Can you imagine the embarrassment if Johnson lost his races while sporting his gold shoes? It took a lot of confidence for Johnson to slip his feet into those specially made 2-ounce golden Nikes. It took enormous self-belief for Johnson to decide to run in those golden shoes in front of millions of people around the globe.

The media attention leading up to the 1996 Olympics was immense especially when during the Olympics trials Johnson smashed the 200m record, a record that had stood since 1979 - the oldest track and field record. How did Johnson respond to the increased pressure? He just said bring it on and told Sports Illustrated that:

"There are two household names in the history of track and field - Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis. I'm in the position to be third."

Then in a 200m race in Oslo, Norway Johnson lost to Frank Fredericks - 19:85 to 19:83.

The media pounced on this story - "Michael Johnson is vulnerable! He's human!"

Did Johnson panic? No. Sure he was cross with himself but he analysed the race. He knew the mistake he had made. He would not make that mistake again.

In some ways that mistake actually helped to reinforce Johnson's belief that he could win the 200m at the Olympics. You see Johnson had been consistently running 19.6s and 19.7s. Fredericks beat him in a time of 19.85s.

Johnson knew he was capable of winning in Atlanta and so fully expected to do so. Such a level of self-belief comes from training, consistency and continually refining your performance. You too can develop an iron-clad or perhaps, in this case, I should say golden-clad belief in your abilities and what you can achieve in life. So remember - "Believe in Yourself".

Here's a little addition inspiration - Yolanda Adams singing "I Believe I Can Fly".

Click HERE if you cannot see video.

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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your article. Thanks for wrtiting it.