Having the Mindset of a Champion.
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. –John Dewey The Zone.
An over used and over heard cliché, perhaps. But for those of us who have been there, lived it or long to be there again it is a tangible and real state, an optimal way of living.
The mindset of a champion is only partly defined by amazing and unquenchable self- belief. The true mindset of a champion is one that allows you to know that every single step you take, every action, decision or movement is one that brings you closer to your goal. When your body, your mind and your goals are all in alignment. That is “The Zone.”
What does it take to become a Champion?
To become a champion, to become the very best, you must push through all the times when you were at your worst. The reason we love the Rocky movies so much is that we get to watch a man compete with almost impossible odds and eventually succeed. We all have a little bit of “Rocky” inside of us, we just have to let it out!
What is the Difference between Successful and Unsuccessful people?
Successful people and non-successful people often have the same likes and dislikes. We all enjoy time out watching movies or reading, we all enjoy getting together with friends and sharing a big meal. Similarly, we all dislike the same things as well. We all dislike working long hours, the boring commute, the tax returns. The difference between successful people and non-successful people is that the successful ones put their likes and dislikes to one side and commit a time to completing chores that they know need doing in order to be successful. Nothing is as draining on your will or your spirit as a job still left to be completed. Champions are people who understand this and attack things they like and things they dislike with the exact same energy and enthusiasm. In the words of Muhammad Ali: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
How to Achieve your Goals to Become a Champion?
Attaining the mindset of a champion is not as difficult as it may first appear. The singular, most important thing to remember is that champions are people who know what their goals are. Once you have defined your goals you need to reinforce them by coming up with real and compelling reasons to achieve them. As every athlete knows,visualization is the key to success. Want the presentation to go across perfectly? Visualize your audience being gripped by your ideas. Want to be confident and perform well in a job interview? Visualize yourself confident and successful, delivering excellent answers to questions.
When attempting to achieve our goals and adopt the mindset of a champ it is not enough to simply say “I want to lose weight.” When it comes to that long Wednesday afternoon in the office and that chocolate brownie is staring you in the face you will find you need far stronger tools to ensure your success than just a half-hearted dream. When one part of our brain is saying “what about the weight loss?” the other half of it is already tasting that brownie in our mouths! The real difference between failure and success is to be able to offer up a very personal and compelling reason for not eating the brownie. If we have a vivid image of a healthier, slimmer self, finally wearing clothes that
we no longer fit into, we can replace the longing for the food with a longing for a better self. Without the compelling visualization of himself as undisputed World Champion, Ali may have decided that the pain was too much to bear and skipped some of his training. If we want to be the champ, first we need to start thinking and acting like the champ.
If you need more guidance, please see one of our other blogs What are the advantages of having a Positive Mental Attitude in Life .