will be defeated, champions rise to the challenge with
the courage to conquer.
Know how to lose. Although champions
prepare to be the best, defeat is inevitable.
Dealing with being second best is one of the
toughest lessons champions have to learn.
The strange irony of the champion is that he must be
able to live with failure as well as success. No one can
stay on top forever or win every time. The ones who can
learn from their defeats will grow and prosper.
Fear. One of the primary reasons
people don’t strive for greatness is
the fear of failure, yet almost no one
who has succeeded has not failed first.
Champions learn from their experiences, and they learn
as much, if not more, from their failures. ❏
Be a leader. A champion never follows. He
attracts people who want to follow in his
footsteps and become like him. When others
are uncertain or hesitate, at the very point
when the outcome is in doubt, that is when a leader
Be a student. In order to achieve greatness
in your craft, you need to first become a
student. Raw talent will only get you so far,
and being hardheaded will stop you dead in
your tracks. Taking a step back to learn the ins and outs
of all the aspects of your craft will keep you moving
forward. True champions become great as they are able
to put pride aside and learn from their rivals. The
learning is endless.
Sacrifice. To become a champion, you
have to make sacrifices. This is not a normal
9-to- 5 job. If you want to become the best,
long days and tough weeks are in store.
It is not uncommon for champions to sacrifice their
social lives, fun, family, delicious food and relationships
to climb to the top. Sacrifice takes a high level of dedication. Not giving in to peer pressure or guilty pleasures
builds mental toughness and confidence.
Balance. It is no secret that the road to
greatness can be overwhelming and take
over your life. You begin to eat, sleep, think
and breathe the sport 24/7. It can become a
dangerous obsession without the right stability. Learning
to balance life with friends, family and some fun will
keep you sane for years to come. It will take time
and patience to figure out what works for your
Mental toughness. Anything we want to
accomplish in life is much more mental than
physical. Your body will give up long before
your mind does. For champions, however,
giving up is not an option. They must have extreme
confidence in themselves and refrain from self-doubt.
Great champions believe that they are better than
everyone else, but in the public’s eyes they are seen as
Self-discipline. Developing self-discipline in
your life is more than just putting in enough
hours. It is the ability to set aside other
pleasures and concentrate solely on your own
progress. Champions choose not to accept second best,
knowing in their hearts when something is not good
enough and can and should be better.
Be creative. Champions are creative
people. They are innovative. They are always
pushing new frontiers. Creative people
stretch the parameters of their craft. They
think outside the box, creating progression where most
assume there is no room to grow. Champions are
dreamers. They have goals that become a reality.
Courage. No champion is without courage.
Champions have the courage to face fear and
step up to any challenge. They are prepared
to follow their instincts, even if their instincts
go against the grain. In trying times, when most people
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