March 28, 2023

248: How to Fix Common Mindset Mistakes with Dre Baldwin

At some point, we’ve all been told to “Work smarter, not harder.” But what does that actually mean? Working smarter often means recognizing the importance of mindset in our work. The way we approach tasks, challenges, and even successes can have a significant impact on our team. Recognizing when your mindset isn’t serving you can help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

Today’s guest is Dre Baldwin. Dre is CEO and Founder of Work On Your Game Inc. He has given 4 TEDxTalks and has authored 33 books. Dre had a 9-year professional basketball career, playing in 8 countries. His framework is the “roadmap in reverse” for professional mindset, strategy, systems, and execution.

Dre and I talk about one of his chapters from his book Work On Your Game where he lays out mental mistakes that good people make that can inhibit you and your team from accomplishing your goals.

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Read the related blog article: Four Common Mental Mistakes That Trip Managers Up








Key Takeaways:

  • Mindset impacts success. Unhealthy ways of thinking can block us from our goals.
  • Replaying negative memories/worries in our head robs us of the potential energy of the present moment. Acknowledge the mistake and move on, so your brain doesn’t habitually get stuck in negativity.
  • Cover the basic principles and don’t assume what people know. Thinking bigger may get you off track, so return to the fundamentals often.
  • Remember to focus on “being” as much as “doing”. Consider who you need to be to reach your goal. Bringing new energy can bring different results.
  • Being important is about making an impact. It’s possible to be nice by doing the hard things that ultimately benefit everyone instead of trying to please people in the moment.
  • Model approaching goals with a healthy mindset and keep communication open.

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