Winning is not about crossing the finish line and winning a gold medal. Winning is the cumulative effect of hard work, persistence, and continuous improvement. It’s about practice and getting better imperceptibly every day.
According to Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, people either have a fixed or a growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset think they can’t improve; the way they are now is the way they will always be. People with a growth mindset know that they can improve – they see failure as a learning experience.
You can see these two mindsets in how people look at the performance of the People’s Party.
Some look at the PPC at 2% in the polls and they see it as a fixed evaluation of support for the PPC for all time. They see no room for growth, no possibility for change.
Other people look at the same performance with a growth mindset. They see the direction that things are heading and the wide-open opportunities for growth.
In the graph below, the black line represents the view of someone with a fixed mindset, and the blue line the view of someone with a growth mindset. Both are now looking at the point where the lines cross at 2%. Each of them sees the future differently.
The person with the fixed mindset sees 2% forever into the future and no point in continuing. The person with the growth mindset sees an upward trend toward victory.
The Green Party won only 0.2% of the vote in it’s first election and did not get more than 1% of the vote for 20 years, and only won it’s first seat 30 years after the founding of the party.
The Reform Party got 2% of the vote, and no seats, in the first election after it’s founding. Five years later they got 19% and 52 seats.
The PPC now has 315 candidates who have practice at running in an election, and thousands more volunteers who worked on those campaigns. We have struggled and we have made mistakes. We will reorganize, we will improve, we will work hard, and soon –we will win.