Environment drives performance: how to create an environment where success can thrive



What drives a winning mindset, and how can you create an environment where you can reduce the risks or relapsing into old behaviours, break away from limiting beliefs and allow success to thrive?

A winning mindset

There are other factors that we can consider that create a winning mindset. The first is general attitude. Now you’re reading this blog post, so you’re probably not the average person. You’ve identified with the concept of personalisation, and you may well have already invested time and money into your health, nutrition and fitness plans. You’re reading this post because you wanted to understand how you can improve yourself in the most efficient and time-effective way. In doing so, you’ve just demonstrated to yourself that you have passion, hustle and persistence – the three most important factors for success.

Here are the other important factors to consider:


This is probably the most important of all. Your environment will drive your performance levels, it’s as simple as that. In 2015, I went on a 40-week brand accelerator programme called Key Person of Influence. I learnt a lot on the programme (going on the programme was one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made), but my personal performance levels went through the roof because I was taken into an environment where I was surrounded by entrepreneurs or well-known business leaders talking about how they solve meaningful problems. We met regularly outside of the programme (and still do), and continue to go to events where performance levels are high. Partnerships are formed, clients are introduced and ideas are swapped. Never underestimate the power of environment for driving performance.


Look around at who you associate with. Are they high-performing people? Look amongst your friends, work colleagues, your partner and even family. Is there someone there who is a toxic influence? Someone who is very negative or has a closed-mindset? These people are unhealthy to be around and will affect your performance. Get rid of them. It’s up to you to remove yourself from them; you are personally responsible for who you spend time with. If your goals are to get fitter, spend time with people who are as motivated as you are about getting fitter, and people who have the fitness you want to emulate. If you want to lose weight, hire a fitness coach who has lost weight and mix with people who have achieved significant weight loss. Surround yourself with people who have the mindset (and therefore the life) you want.


This links back to hustle. Hard work isn’t enough, there needs to be a strategy behind it. Having a really big goal (I’ve heard them described in business as BHAGs, big hairy audacious goals) is important, but you have to be patient. An entrepreneur I follow, Gary Vaynerchuk, has a big hairy audacious goal; he wants to buy the New York Jets someday. Maybe he will. Of course, Gary understands that is a big goal, but he is confidently going about his business and patiently building his wealth until such time as he can fulfill his boyhood dream. Set a big goal, then map your path to that goal by setting small targets which eventually add up to the big result. As you achieve these little wins, celebrate them, then move on to the next milestone. People who have a winning mindset will feed off results, and if they don’t see them, will become frustrated. So, map your way to your ultimate goal, celebrate along the way, be persistent and never stop hustling.

Asking for help

Your general attitude is how you think, what you say to yourself and others, and how you behave. It’s about self-respect, and therefore the level of respect you have for others. As I said, you probably already have a good general attitude, but many of us are unaware of how we sabotage ourselves with negative thoughts and that’s why it’s always good to work with a coach. As a business, we partner with all three to provide our clients with the support they need to get to their goals. Coaching can progress you far quicker than you could do on your own, and that’s why elite athletes and businesspeople will have a coach on their team, even when they’re at the top of their game. A person with a good attitude will know that there are no shortcuts, and won’t be frustrated by this (persistence).

A person with a winning mindset isn’t afraid to ask for help, because they don’t allow ego to get in the way. I used to take pride in creating and building things myself, without asking for help. I now see that this was misguided, and that the clever money is in asking for help and learning from others. All the people I have as role models now are coached by at least one person in their business and personal lives, and wouldn’t be without them.

Here’s a summary of what you need to have a winning mindset:

  • Passion, hustle and persistence
  • No limiting beliefs
  • Positive thinking
  • A ‘screw it lets do it’ approach
  • Winning environment
  • Positive role models
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Internal locus of control
  • Find your voice

Leanne Spencer is a fitness entrepreneur, bestselling author of Rise and Shine: Recover from burnout and get back to your best, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that uses innovative techniques such as DNA testing, wearable tech and bespoke coaching to transform the lives of our clients. Visit www.bodyshotperformance.com or send an email to info@bodyshotperformance.com if you’d like more information

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