5 Brain Tools and 8 Win Factors That You Can Apply to Raise Your Game and Win!


Celebrate with me!  Share in the absolute joy, delight, and excitement I’m enjoying with my family right now. I jumped over the inner hurdles, stepped into what I love, committed myself to be a pebble in a transformational pond, and entered Christine Kloser’s Transformational Author Writer’s Contest back in May. I submitted my proposal on July 31st. On Thursday I received an email that said – yes, you guessed it! – I’m a winner!


Of the three hundred entries submitted from all over the world, I’m in the top five who won first prizes of presenting their proposals to Marc Allen of New World Library. For anyone out there who doesn’t know, New World Library publishes Eckhardt Tolle and Shakti Gawain among other huge authors. For me, this is the coming together of twenty-five years’ work, and bang on purpose! Just wonderful acclaim.


The process of putting together a book proposal, writing a manuscript, and entering a high-profile competition has been an enriching personal journey. Of course I had every intention of contributing work of value and excellence. What more could I do? Meditate, NLP, and more. And I got curious about the Winner’s mindset.


Here are 5 Brain Tools and 8 Win Factors that you can apply to raise your game and win!


I wanted to supplement my Neuro Linguistic Programming knowledge ( that clearly worked! Woooohooo!) in my research. I found a book entitled The Winner’s Brain, published by two Harvard-trained experts, Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske. They list a five brainpower toolset that matches neuroscience with the psychology that “great minds use to achieve success.” I trust these will be of value and interest to you.


5 Brain Tools:

1. Opportunity Radar: It is so often said that problems harbor great opportunities – if we can see them!  This is a rather entrepreneurial skill of seeing the possibilities within situations that you just happen to be around, at the right time, and then following your instincts. I was online late one night and saw Christine Kloser’s Transformational Author Writing Contest via a link, and I knew I had to be in it. I signed up then and there.

2.Optimal Risk Gauge: This tool takes evaluating the costs and the potential impacts, losses, and gains, and making as informed a decision as possible within the ecology of your life. The costs to me were in time and money. The main resource I would have to plow in was time. I was already committed to the concept, as I knew this was the year of my book!

3. Goal Laser: This is the commitment and discipline aspect. I knew I had to clear space and organize my client schedule and my family commitments in order to manage the deadline for the contest along with my already full schedule. And I learned about my personal physical limitations along the way. While it is possible to run on just three hours’ sleep a night for nearly three weeks, it’s clearly not sustainable. I had to carve space by letting some of my regular commitments slide while I completed my manuscript, allowing for certain non-negotiables such as quality time with my daughter.

4. Effort Accelerator: This tool is about the discipline and focus needed to get on with the job and not be sucked into other tasks, dramas, and procrastination. I believe this is a practice. In my book there are fantastic strategies for overcoming procrastination and feelings of being overwhelmed!

5. Talent Meter: This is about taking sober stock of your abilities and strengths, and areas in which improvement is needed. I view the whole process as a wonderful learning opportunity! I have gained so much personal and practical knowledge by jumping in and having a go.


8 Win Factors

These are the key qualities to develop if you want to be a winner!  To check in with yourself on where you need to be to rock your goals and visions, score each on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is almost none, and 10 is peak performance.

1. Self-Awareness
Know yourself and build a stable sense of self, and then share that. Your authenticity will serve you well.

2. Motivation
Consistently do what it takes to progress. Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, is an outstanding resource on motivation.

3. Focus
Gain clarity on what needs to be done and what needs to be done first, and then block time and do it.

4. Emotional Balance
Recognize your triggers and decide to adjust your emotional state to serve your desired outcomes. Neuro linguistic programming (NLP) offers some outstanding tools, techniques, and strategies for doing this, and meditation is a tried and trusted way to regain control of emotions that threaten to scupper your success.

5. Memory
Be selective about the past experiences you allow to inform you. Use your memory to predict future results in alignment with your goals. Be present and look forward.

6. Resilience
My grandmother used to say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try and try again.” She was wise. The winner’s brain reframes so-called mistakes as learning opportunities and feedback. I think it is a practice to bounce back tenaciously, believing that each blow brings one closer to the win!

7. Adaptability
In NLP, the law of requisite variety states that the person with the greatest flexibility controls the space. In this application, the plasticity of the ever-changing brain is considered an asset to a winner. By changing your thinking, you can literally change the shape of your brain. In NLP, through a sequence of techniques, new neural pathways can be created. Yoga, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy are also known to assist the brain in adapting. Anxious, busy minds can be calmed and emotional detachment achieved. Brainstem nuclei thicken, increasing serotonin and causing a feeling of well-being.

8. Brain Care
Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske recommend seven or eight hours’ sleep a night, exercise, rich and meaningful experiences, and eating a diet that includes fish, eggs, nuts, apples, and blueberries. The point I want to address is getting enough sleep!


I’d love to hear about the tool that’s easiest for you to employ, and the one that challenges you most, and YOUR win story to add to the celebration!


I’d like to conclude with the words of a real winner, Steve Jobs, who died on Thursday, October 6th, 2011. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Conspiring for your success and celebrating wins – yours, Steve Jobs’s, and mine!

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