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Is a mil- lion dollars a lot of money? This is the reason they surround themselves with people who think much bigger than they do. Beliefs and expectations are con- tagious, and champions are eager to catch as much as they can.
Listen to how people around you measure the size and scope of things. When you hear someone placing a value on something, using their own perspective as a reference point, challenge them. Compared to what? Average people get bogged down in the details of every little problem and become overwhelmed quickly. The idea: The ability to compartmentalize problems is a hallmark of great leaders. Champions know every problem has a logical solu- tion at best or a practical strategy at least which can make things a little better.
While amateurs get tangled in emotions, professionals are grounded in logical problem solving. Compartmentalization allows champions to work on and solve one problem at a time, with- out the emotions of one problem bleeding into the solutions of the others. Commit to compartmental- izing problems by focusing exclusively on one problem at a time. Imagine you are the President of the United States.
You must keep a clear, unemotional mind during the problem-solving process. The masses multi- task. The great ones focus. While amateurs become increasingly stressed during prob- lem solving, the great ones become more relaxed to enhance their creative ability.
Champions know the ultimate creative force is located somewhere beyond our everyday consciousness, and they must tap this source to generate their best ideas. The secular sometimes refer to this source as the uncon- scious mind. The spiritual often call it God. Whatever label their belief warrants, few deny the power of the source, whatever its point of origin. Champions know the fastest way to connect to the source is through gratitude.
Professional writers call it being connected. Athletes call it being in the zone. No matter what name you assign it, the experience is the same. The focus is on being, as opposed to doing. While both amateurs and pros experience this phenomenon from time to time, the great ones are able to access it much more often because they are aware of the triggers that create a mental climate con- ducive to this state of mind.
Gratitude is the mindset of choice when they need to awaken the giant and tap their genius. Make a list of the ten things you are most grateful for in your life, and review them every morning for the next seven days. Monitor how this activity impacts your emotions. As a result, they tend to view adversity as a challenge through which learning and growing occurs. Their world view is evident in the way they describe the adversities they face.
While aver- age people choose the path of least resistance, world-class performers operate at a higher level of awareness. They understand that stress and struggle are the key factors in becoming mentally tough. While average people watch television and hang out at happy hour, the great ones con- tinue to push themselves mentally and physically to the point of exhaustion.
Only then will you see them in rest and recovery situations. Adversity, to average people, equals pain. Adversity, to world-class performers, is their mental train- ing ground. Average people scorn adversity. It is the true story of how one man learned to control his thoughts, feelings and attitudes as a prisoner of war. Train yourself to see the good in adversity, and your fear of future challenges will dissipate.
Another hall- mark of the great ones is their humility after tri- umph. They tend to project themselves in the same manner whether they are winning or losing. This high-class approach to perfor- mance opens doors which propel champions to even greater success.
The great ones like to associate and do business with people who know how to handle themselves, especially in adverse situations under pressure. This is one of the primary distinctions between the upper class and the world class. The ego-driven upper class must win at any cost; the spirit-driven world class insists on following a strict code of ethics. To further polish your personal and profes- sional behavior, attend a seminar from Jacqueline Whitmore, direc- tor of the Protocol School of Palm Beach.
Sign up for their free newsletter by going to www. One must neither celebrate too insanely when he wins or sulk when he loses. He accepts victory profes- sionally and humbly. He hates defeat, but makes no poor dis- play of it. Place stumbling blocks in his way, and he takes them for stepping-stones, and on them he will climb to great- ness.
Take away his money, and he makes spurs of his poverty to urge him on. When everyone else is tired, exhausted and burned out from the battle, the great ones are just getting warmed up. Amateur performers make a commitment and approach it like a hobby. Professional perform- ers make a commitment and approach it like a war, knowing they will have to endure an unknown level of suffering along the road to victory.
Amateur per- formers always question the price they have to pay for success; champions pay whatever price it takes to win. This small difference in mental strategy makes all the difference in the world. Commitment is more about making a decision to do whatever it takes to succeed than anything else, yet only the pros seem to be able to get themselves to make these decisions.
Day after day, they perform at the very highest levels. The reason they are so con- sistent is because their actions are congruent with their thought processes.
Champions usu- ally have a very clear mental picture of what they want, why they want it, and how to move closer to their target objective. Champions invest an inordinate amount of time thinking, planning and clarifying their goals and targets, as well as mapping out an exact action plan for attainment. Consistency is also created by practice. Champions are usually thought of as the people with the most talent, and sometimes this is true.
Yet champions are known to invest large blocks of time practicing their craft long after everyone else has gone home. Practice may not make perfect, but it does create con- sistency in performance.
To gain mental clarity and focus, create a written vision for your life. Use the letter to a friend format that we use in our corporate Mental Toughness University program.
Let your creative mind freewheel, without any thought of how you will achieve any of these things. Be sure to include as many details and as much emotion as possible. Sign up for the Mental Toughness University one-day seminar and 12 month fol- low-up process. Learn more by visiting www. Emotion A mateur managers, coaches and leaders tend to favor either a logic-based approach to performance or an emo- tion-based approach.
The pros know the magic is in the mix. When it comes to strategic plan- ning and business acumen, straight logic is essential. Emotion creates confusion when it comes to linear thought.
This is why amateurs in the business world have repeated the idea that there is no place for emotion in business. Professional leaders know this is ridiculous. As you know, human beings are emotional crea- tures driven by emotional motivators like love, recognition, belonging, pride, values, etc. The list goes on and on. The real distinction between amateur leaders and pros that amateurs motivate through logic and the great ones motivate through emotion.
Logic is great for planning, but weak for motivation. Trying to inspire an emotional creature by appealing to their sense of logic is amateur at best, and stupid at worst. In twenty years of studying and working with leaders, only a small percentage has really understood this in the business world. Many top coaches use emotional motivation bril- liantly. The best example may be Herb Brooks, who motivated the U. Olympic Hockey team in to pull one of the greatest upsets in history.
Emotional motivation has the power to drive a team beyond what they actually believe is possible. The sheer force of the collective emotion is so overwhelming that it mentally elevates the consciousness of the individual performers, which enables them to tap into a higher level of intelligence.
The secular philosophy is that the performers are able to access more of their brain when they are operating in this altered state of consciousness. The spiritual philosophy says that performers have raised their rate of vibration to the same frequency as the force that cre- ated the universe.
Everybody was going crazy. Watch the movie Miracle. Olympic hockey team victory over the Soviet Union. Notice how coach Herb Brooks uses emotion to mold a group of individuals into a world-class team. Your ability to open your mind and consider new ideas without fear will propel you to the top faster than anything else. In other words, champions are willing to sus- pend their disbelief until they evaluate the facts. Strong companies with quality products and services are able to grow at an alarmingly accelerated rate with this reproduc- tive recruiting model.
Network marketing has single handedly changed the face of distribu- tion for the better, yet has still not been fully embraced by amateur thinkers who insist on clinging to the past. While the masses are dying from mental stagnation, the pros grow healthier everyday by entertaining thoughts of abundance and keeping their fertile minds open to life and suc- cessful living. Think back to the last time someone approached you with a new idea that you were quick to dismiss, and give it a second chance.
Suspend your disbelief, open your mind and give it careful consideration. What have you got to lose? Their cooperation stems from their desire to win.
They know they cannot do it alone. Amateurs tend to be more ego involved and prefer to act as lone wolves, so they can boast they are self-made. Champions believe the whole is greater than the sum of the parts when it comes to achievement. These people have a tre- mendous ability to persuade others to join forces with them, and work in a spirit of fero- cious cooperation.
Achievement has less to do with stroking their egos and more to do with personal growth and development — not just their own, but also that of the team. Champi- ons get as big a kick from watching a team member grow in the process of achieving the goal as they do in actually achieving the goal. They realize the true value of achievement is as a catalyst for growth. Generally speaking, the more cooperative the champion, the more successful they tend to be.
The great individual is no match for the great team. Rate yourself on your level of cooperation. In your opinion, you are: If the answer is yes, check your ego at the door and become a team player. At the root of their curiosity is the belief that one new idea, or one new twist on an old idea, could launch them to the next level.
They approach their work with the mindset of a beginner — eager to learn and open to new ideas. Their curiosity accelerates their growth through lessons learned vicariously. The next time you are socializing with friends or associates, see how many questions you can ask each about what they do and why they do it. Get as many details as possible. Most people are full of great suggestions for solving prob- lems, yet no one asks for their opinion.
These programming strategies might include mental imagery and visualization techniques, meditation, sports, martial arts, learning a new language or musical instrument, or losing weight and going on an exercise regimen.
Positive self-talk can literally change your life in ninety days, if you really stick to it. You can reprogram your entire belief system just by changing the words you use when you talk to yourself. This book is written in simple language and explains how the change process works. Most world-class business people are strong speakers. Ask your three closest friends this question: This will give you an idea of how the world is responding to you.
I read this book in and it changed my life. To sign up, go to www. They refuse to be compla- cent. They live on the edge, which is precisely what is needed to be successful and remain successful.
The masses have the same talent and opportunity as the world class; yet choose to play it safe to avoid the pain of failure and the agony of temporary defeat. At Mental Toughness University, we have a scale called The Five Levels of Mental Toughness, which is a tool to help people determine at what level they are perform- ing.
The next level up is Playing To Cruise, which is mentally cruis- ing through the job without really engaging in any serious thought. The next level is Playing to Improve, which is when performers begin to actively engage their thoughts and feelings in the task at hand, attempting to get better. The level above this is Playing To Compete, which is when performers begin to believe they are capable of beat- ing out their competition and being the best. This level is primarily ego-driven where win- ning is the main objective.
Knowing that creativity and fear cannot co-exist, these people are competing only with themselves with the objective of being better today than they were yesterday. The Playing to Win philosophy is rooted in a spirit-based consciousness operating from thoughts of love and abundance.
Fear and scarcity have no place at this level of thinking. These performers are fearlessly seeking what Dr. Abraham Maslow referred to as Self-Actualization, or becoming all that one has the potential to become. The most powerful belief performers operating at this level pos- sess is that they cannot fail; they can only learn and grow. With their potential in front and their fear behind them, champions are able to move beyond the boundaries of competition and create what the masses believe is impossible.
Examine the 5 Levels of Mental Toughness and identify the level you inhabit most often in performance situations. Make a commitment to spend as much time at the Playing To Win level as possible. New success expands the belief system Belief-altering event occurs triggering a new thought process Performer is driven by spirit instead of ego, devoid of pre- tense, and totally focused.
Fear does not exist at this level, only love. I feel so grateful just to have an opportunity to be the best I can be. I see my performance as the primary catalyst of my self-actualization. While the masses see this as humility, the great ones see it as strategy. They know the lessons they learned on Main Street are just as valuable on Wall Street.
The great ones never forget where they came from. This strategy keeps them grounded and enables them to relate to middle-class performers struggling to go pro. This empathy for amateurs makes them tremen- dous managers, coaches and leaders.
Champions often cultivate this habit by staying connected to people who helped lift them to the top, and by giving back to the community in which they were raised.
The world class is always reaching for the stars while keeping their feet on the ground. This high level of consciousness is revealed in the language they use in conversation. While the masses are still angry over the injustices of their past, the champions are grateful and giving back. As a result of this abundance-based mindset, their blessings are multiplied many times over. This is one of the ways champions build the psychological momentum necessary to propel them from success to success.
Invest ten minutes today remember- ing your roots and what it took to get you where you are now. Write a note or place a call to someone who helped you along the way and thank him or her for what they did for you. Pay special attention to how taking these actions makes you feel. The fastest way to differentiate an ama- teur from a pro is to observe how they respond to criticism.
Amateurs are shocked when they are criti- cized, and many are emotionally wounded. Professional performers expect criticism as a part of being a cham- pion and are rarely rattled by it. The mentally tough expect little from their amateur-thinking counterparts, and when they are criticized, they often sum it up as amateurs mud slinging.
They realize they are a mirror into which amateurs look, only to see themselves for what they really are — average. World-class performers make them look lazy and unmotivated by comparison, and they resent it, so they lash out and criticize. Mean- while, champions ignore the criticism and go back to work. Refuse to talk about other people or gossip about their behav- ior. This mindset impacts every decision of both amateurs and professionals.
Amateurs feel they are at the mercy of the gods; professionals carefully construct a life based on a series of choices they make. They know their choices really control their destiny. They believe they can be anyone they want to be, do anything they want to do, and have anything they want to have. Make a list of the things you feel you have no choice about doing, and revisit each one. Do you really have to do them, or are you choosing to do them?
Could some of the less desirable things be omitted simply by making a choice? Delusion says you must do these things. Objective reality says you always have a choice, because you are always in control.
Read Choice Theory, by Dr. William Glasser. This is a great book that removes any sense of victim mentality any of us may have.
Their outer world determines their inner world. World-class thinkers are just the opposite.
Knowing their thoughts control their feelings, the great ones have adopted the habit of thinking about. Once the performer is aware of the thoughts that are ultimately creating his results, he has the power to change any thought he chooses. In essence, metacognition enables the performer to take control of his thought processes. In other words, the results they achieve on the outside are dictated by the thoughts they have on the inside.
The masses are victims of their own thoughts. They have the same potential for greatness as the pros do, yet are simply not paying attention to what they are allowing to enter their minds, and the results are disastrous. Meanwhile, the world class is thriving on upgraded thoughts that are mani- festing tremendous results.
They know that the better they become at controlling their thoughts, the better their results will be, and it all begins with metacognition. Take your emo- tional temperature today and assess your mood. Cham- pions are different. They believe every effort performed with good intention yields some form of compensation at some point. Many of the great ones were ridiculed and criticized for investing so many hours in the development of their core competency.
Not swayed by amateur opinion, they pushed forward aggressively. Did you think you could have the joy without the sorrow? Into which category do you fall? World-class perform- ers not only welcome it, but embrace it.
Amateurs derive their approach from an emotional perspective, while professionals ground their approach in logic. An emotional response comes from the fear of suffering a bruised ego, because average people would rather be accepted by others than realize a supe- rior solution to a problem.
Logic dictates their actions and opens their minds to the possibility that the opposition may be right. Ask this critical think- ing question: How about Christopher Reeve? Did anyone really bet against him making an international impact to help people with spinal cord injuries, once he made the decision to do it?
Ama- teurs quickly become demoralized by setbacks and defeat, and quietly slink back to their comfort zones. Professional performers know that large-scale success is based on a series of comebacks. They believe that setbacks are set-ups for comebacks. Amateurs often make the mistake of counting professionals out when things get tough.
The average person grossly underes- timates the level of mental toughness that champions possess. The great ones will come- back out of nowhere, just when everyone has counted them out. They understand how to quit intellectually.
But emotionally, they have been hard wired through years of world-class programming to focus on a vision and persevere at any cost. This is why rock-solid character is critical to this group. The only thing that can stop this speed- ing locomotive from its destination is the potential harm or destruction of others.
The upper class is so ego-driven they often run over anyone who gets in their way. The world class, guided by their spirit-based consciousness, will only proceed toward their visions if their actions are fair to all parties concerned. Once this has been established, the champions fail again and again; yet continue coming back for more. On the physical plane, we call it perseverance. On the mental plane, we call it toughness. On the spiritual plane, we call it artistry.
But you know what? Identify a goal or dream in your life that you have given up on, and ask this critical thinking question: Are you good enough to make a come- back now? We are, primarily, emotionally driven creatures whose level of performance is dictated by what we believe and how we feel at any given time.
Most ama- teur performers never push themselves hard enough to ever warrant any concern with cycles, but for champi- ons, it can make the difference between winning and losing. The great ones know or are trained to know when to exert maximum effort and when to let their mind and body rest.
The enemy of all champions is physical and emotional burnout, and they will go to great lengths in the performance planning process to insure burnout never occurs more than once. Most world-class coaches will push their performers to the break- ing point at least one time to establish how far that individual can be pushed. Every per- former has a different tolerance for pain.
When this breaking point is established, a cycle of stress and recovery is implemented.
The great ones know the magic is in the mix. It means renewal of life and energy. Knowing how and when to recover may prove to be the most important skill in your life. Loehr, Ed. D, author, psychologist Action Step for Today: Give yourself a life balance checkup. Are you investing the necessary time and energy in the important areas of your life?
What areas are you over-stressing? What areas are you under-stressing? Think about your current stress and recovery cycles and make any adjustments you think are necessary for peak perfor- mance and maximum happiness.
Read Stress for Suc- cess, by Dr. James Loehr. Coaching is to performance what leadership is to an organization. Average people will only accept the amount of coaching their egos will allow. Champi- ons are well known for being the most open to world- class coaching. The bigger the champion, the more open-minded they are. Their logic behind this is simple: All champions look for that one little advantage that great coaching can provide.
Invest 15 minutes to consider hiring a coach to help you get better results. Be coachable and open-minded.
You may be surprised at what you will learn. For private, semi- private and small group coaching, visit www. They do this by tap- ping into to the right hemisphere of their brain, the more creative side. Champions believe there is always a better, easier, faster way to accomplish anything and being creative is the way to discover it. The discovery of a truth in an unrelated subject could easily be transferred to a current problem.
There is a level of relativity and relationship to the order of all things, and the great ones know it. The masses are not mentally engaged. Meanwhile, champions are being mentally reborn daily as a result of making new distinctions, interpretations and discover- ies.
Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being most creative. Be honest. How creative are you? This book will help unlock the genius inside you. You can learn more about Gregg at www. While average people are more concerned with what other people think of their actions, professional performers answer to a jury of one: With their conscience as their guide, champions often have greater mental clarity and internal focus than average people.
Rotary International, www. The idea is for Rotarians to answer four questions before making any major decision. The questions are: The world class often follows such formulas in making important decisions. The great ones know this is too high a price to pay.
If not, consider abandoning these deals or behaviors.
Universal law dictates that whatever you sow, you shall reap. Their world view is that success is simple and constructed fundamentally from common sense. Larry Wilson, the famous speaker and author, says the great ones get out of their own way by viewing the problem from ten thousand feet in order to gain a new perspective. They sepa- rate themselves from the everyday details and gain a three-dimensional view of the prob- lem. While average people strain to create a solution, champions think for a while and then create a mental distance to take their direct focus off the problem.
The law of indirect effort is one of the most powerful problem-solving processes known to man. Champions realize the secret to tapping their true genius is some- times hidden in the act of not trying so hard. Champions know memorizing data in the information age is worth about as much as it costs to download a computer and log on to the Internet. Champions are focused on becom- ing competent at what they do, and leave the informa- tion gathering to someone else. This laser-guided focus channels energy directly to the building blocks of their competency.
This approach puts professional performers in constant demand from corporations and organizations searching for people with world-class habits. So, while amateurs stay up at night worrying about job security, the pros are quietly creating it through competence. But then again, it always has.
The real prize is competence. List the three most important activ- ities in which you must con- tinue to develop competence.
Make a commitment to invest a set number of hours per week beyond your normal working hours to study. This classic was written in and has since become the book by which all personal development books are measured. They are often crit- icized and ridiculed by the masses, who see them as a threat to their lack of engagement in life. Champions accept the fact that the end result to life is the same for everyone, and since no one will survive in the end, there is no point in playing it safe.
They have the guts and bravery to face the truth and take risks that make the masses squirm. If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you may try to succeed. Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world. Expect victory and you make victory. Nowhere is this truer than in business life, where bravery and faith bring both material and spiri- tual rewards. These people are some of the bravest on the planet.
Visit www. The great ones are easy to recognize — you can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices.
The famous minister John Wesley is a great example. Instead, amateurs tend to implement dis- tractions that are entertaining at best , or a way to shield themselves from failure at worst.
These distractions include television, spectator sports, hobbies, booze, and drugs. Generally speaking, amateurs are spectators in the game of life. And it all begins with their lack of desire to discover their convictions. You must believe in the argu- ment you are advancing. President Action Step for Today: On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being the most, how much conviction do you possess about the importance of your work? If you answered less than 7, what can you do to boost your level of conviction?
Champions master the art of interpersonal communication. They know their success is directly proportional to the number of advocates they have in their professional net- work of contacts. The great ones treat their databases like sacred artifacts, because they know those lists of people are priceless.
They build their network one-by-one, and stay in constant, but unobtrusive, contact with the fervor of a presi- dential candidate rallying support. The great ones are in awe of the massive power of their network.
Networks usually begin and develop through a series of conversations. World-class performers are charismatic conversationalists. They achieve this by focusing their conversation on the other people, getting them to talk about their lives.
Professional performers are usually the people asking the questions and paying rapt attention to the answers. Champions focus their part of the conversation on ideas, concepts, and things of a positive nature. They refuse to discuss other people in a way that discredits them or adversely affects their reputation.
Commit to becoming a student of interpersonal communication. This single skill will do more to help you move toward world-class results than any other. This is arguably the greatest book ever written on interpersonal communication skills. Even the best leaders are uncer- tain about their decisions in an environment of unprecedented change. The difference is their willingness to make a decision and take full responsibility for the outcome.
Amateur performers habitually play not to lose and procrastinate because they fear making a mistake. The great ones know mistakes will be made and can be corrected. Their willingness to assume full responsibility for their decisions eliminates the need to gather more input than is absolutely necessary.
Devel- oping a sound decision-making process, while under- standing every decision is somewhat a gamble, is the foundation of superior leadership. Professional perform- ers can lead people and organizations effectively under such high-pressure constraints because they possess the self-trust necessary to make decisions without fear. Courage, self-trust and the willingness to assume full responsibility for the outcomes of their decisions are mandatory traits of competent and effective leaders.
You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act. Take a decision you have been put- ting off for a while and decide on a course of action within the next 24 hours.
Decision-making skills are like muscles: Read Grow Up! Frank Pittman. This book takes a no-holds-barred approach to taking personal responsibility. Discipline is the watchword of great perform- ers. Discipline makes the difference between the good and the great.
The great ones will tell you discipline is more of a decision than it is an active skill. Discipline is a logic-based decision that performers adhere to, regardless of whether they feel like it or not. Discipline pushes performers past pain and pun- ishment. Instead, they harness the power of their emo- tional motivators to propel them past the compe- tition. Average people see discipline as a painful chore to be avoided at all costs. The world class sees it as the ultimate power tool for perfor- mance.
I believe discipline is the ultimate key to success as it deter- mines your approach toward every day. Discipline keeps you focused and keeps you perform- ing at a world-class level. Graham Jr. On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being most disciplined, how disciplined are you in the dif- ferent areas of your life?
While the winning dif- ference may be slight, the thought process that makes the difference is huge. Amateur performers spend a substantial amount of time negotiating the price of victory. The decision to pay any price and bear any burden in the name of victory was made long before the game started.
This subtle dif- ference in thinking is a huge advantage. Nowhere is this more apparent than when pain occurs. Amateurs feel pain and seek escape.
Professionals expect to feel pain and have been mentally trained to push past it while maintaining a world-class level of performance. Champions are the warriors of the world. On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being most determined, how determined are you to accomplish your goals and dreams? An assess- ment of the results you have achieved so far is an accurate measure of how determined you have been in the past. The world is full of Rocky-like sto- ries of people who refused to take no for an answer when manifesting their vision.
While amateurs are dedi- cated when things are going well, champions are always dedicated.
Their dedication to excellence shines through in everything they do. Aver- age people are more dedicated to pleasure than performance. The masses tend to believe education ends with high school or college graduation.
The world class tends to believe formal education only teaches you how to learn, cope and manage yourself in the world as an adult. They believe real education begins after school lets out.
Dedication to getting what they want from life is a driving force behind champions. While the masses seek perpetual pleasure, the great ones focus on achievement.
The irony is that professional performers tend to experience great pleasure as a result of their achievements. Ask this criti- cal thinking question: Pick a biography of your favorite champion and read it cover to cover.
This will give you an idea of the level of dedication it takes to become one of the great ones. Next month, read another biography. Many believe that only some people are born with this innate aptitude of ambition. Champi- ons are driven to win, in most cases, because they believe they can.
So would anyone else. If this is true, why are the majority of people simply trying to survive in a world of wealth and abun- dance? The answer is simple: The human animal is only driven to the level their belief system will allow. Most of us have been programmed by amateur performers with limited belief systems, and subse- quently, small ambitions.
As a result, they tend to attract other amateurs as friends, who reinforce these limited beliefs and validate their lack consciousness. This cycle spins out of control until the drive is nearly nonexistent. Amateurs rationalize their lack of drive with tall tales of bad breaks and unfortunate circumstances. Meanwhile, the champions — no more intelligent or talented — become more focused and driven every day and continue to win. I said I wanted to be a ball player, and they laughed.
In eighth grade, they asked the same question, and I said a ball player, and they laughed a little more. By the eleventh grade, no one was laughing.
Generally speaking, is your belief system pov- erty class, middle class, or world class? Ask this critical thinking ques- tion: In other words, the great ones always expect to win regardless of what they are up against.
The next discovery I made was that this same positive expecta- tion could be installed in anyone who wishes to possess it. Champions begin this pro- gramming process by creating the language they use when they talk to themselves, as well as the pictures they visual- ize. World-class performers literally talk themselves into believing anything that gives them a mental edge.
Champions call it their ace in the hole. While most amateur performers rely on positive experience to build positive expectation, professional performers are superstars in their minds long before they are superstars in reality. Then, when it does snow, it simply adds powder to a very solid base. The advantage of programming is it is guaranteed to happen — while experience may or may not occur. Keep asking yourself, am I selling myself short?
Most of us are. Outline your expectations in every area of your life, and then ask the ultimate critical thinking question: Build a personal and professional board of advisors, comprised of people who have a much higher level of expec- tation than you.
Spend as much time with them as possible. One of the fastest ways to raise your level of expectation is to associate with world-class thinkers. To see my National Board of Advisors, go to www. The great ones know the raw, unbridled power of an enthusiastic mindset. Amateurs tend to be more enthusiastic about the accomplishments of others, such as actors, sports stars and musicians. Champions are willing to put themselves on the line and risk failure and rejection, while amateurs sit on the sidelines and observe without risk.
Champions often have the world view that life is a game to play to the best of their ability, with enthusiasm and tenacity, until their hearts stop beating. Amateurs often think life is something to struggle through while avoiding pain at all costs. My friend and mentor, Larry Wilson, has a great vision of their arrival at the pearly gates: The great ones are either engaged in or actively seeking their passion everyday.
Next, ask this critical thinking question: Amateurs believe champions enjoy their work because they are successful. Champions are successful because they enjoy their work. As a result, they put their heart and soul into the activity, so much so that they surpass their competitors. This single idea has probably created more average performers than any other. The progres- sive mindset of the 21st century is to study what you enjoy studying and put your heart and soul into it.
Cham- pions do so much extra study and work that they become experts, and often become wealthy as a result. Profes- sional performers not only see enjoying what they do as a philosophy, they see it as their single greatest asset and entry into the world class.
On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being the most enjoy- ment, how much do you enjoy your job? If you answered a 7, then you will almost assuredly ascend to the world-class level. These children are raised in an environment of extreme privilege. Their parents downloadd their problems away, and left them with a gaping psychological hole.
Similarly, amateur performers tend to be their own worst enemies, and create misery and depression from a deep sense of disappointment with themselves. Professional performers learn to create their own environment of ongoing learning, growth and discipline. They often discover their greatest joy in the conquering of their greatest obstacles. While amateurs do everything possible to exist in an environment of comfort, champions know the only true comfort comes from becoming the people they were meant to be by learning and growing each day.
Amateurs think they are victims of their environment, and seem to thrive on blaming other people. Professional performers realize the people who programmed them did the best they could, based on their level of awareness, and then take the necessary steps to reprogram themselves and create the world-class environment they deserve. Make a commitment to upgrade your environment, beginning with the people around you.
Limit your exposure to neutral and nega- tive people, remembering that consciousness is con- tagious. Befriend a champion and spend as much time with this person as possible. I promise this will raise your level of expectation. Become an active student of personal development by listening to tapes and CDs from your favorite authors, speakers and philoso- phers as you drive. Create a world-class environment by turning your car into a university on wheels.
Studies show this to be false. In the last ten years, many compa- nies have started corporate exercise programs and constructed workout facilities on company prem- ises. Champions have known this for years. They tend to invest at least an hour per day, every day, in some form of physical activity.
They usually select an activity they really enjoy to insure it will become a habit. Amateurs spend more time watching their favorite sports heroes exercise than they do exercising themselves. The cost of this inactive lifestyle is substantial, both physically and mentally. Professional performers know a sound mind and sound body are one and the same, and they treat their physical activity with the same inten- sity and priority as they do their work.
They schedule daily exercise and approach it with the same vigor as a meeting with a key customer. The biggest distinction between amateurs and pros in this area is the importance they place on adhering to their exercise routine.
Amateurs see exercise as a chore; pros see it as a necessity for world-class performance. Exercise is necessary for a long and healthy life. Get your calendar out and move things around to make room for exercise, no matter what it takes. Your life literally depends on it. Nutrition is queen.
Put the two of them together and you have a king- dom. The idea of failure is an example of this. Amateurs tend to believe failure is painful and should be avoided in order to main- tain a sense of pride and dignity. In an effort to pro- tect their egos, they attempt only those things they know they can do.
Champions see failure as a nec- essary building block of mega-success, and treat it as a teacher. People labeled as failures are amateurs at failing. Successful people are professional fail- ures, who have failed their way to success. The difference is their mental approach. While amateurs spend a lot of time focusing on how not to fail, pros are dialed in to doing what it takes to succeed.
This problem-solving, execution-based focus creates a greater awareness of more potential solutions. A focus on failure prevention creates an awareness of fear, lack and poverty. He is still a king. The great ones have an extremely high level of self- trust, even when they are failing. This faith in self may stem from being raised in a positive environment, or from performers talking themselves into it.
Muhammad Ali admits he told the world he was the greatest before he truly was as a way to bolster his faith in his own skills. I think it worked! Champions also have faith in their goals and dreams becoming reality, while amateurs are often deathly afraid of believing in something that may or may not happen. There are atheists who are tremendous performers, yet as a rule, there seems to be a con- nection between professional performers and the spiritual side of life.
Many pros draw tremendous energy and power from a deep faith in a greater force. In recent years, many who were turned off by fear-based organized religions in their childhood have turned to new-thought churches and centers, such as Unity and Science of Mind. Whatever the source of their spiritual faith, world-class performers do tend to hold strong spiritual convictions.
We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. Take inventory of the ten people closest to you. On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being the highest, how much faith do these people have in them- selves? How much faith do they have in a higher power? Odds are that your level of faith is the average of these ten people. Amateurs are controlled by their fears, while professionals learn to embrace fear, like a snake handler hold- ing a venomous king cobra by the neck.
Cham- pions know if they get sloppy or stop paying attention, the cobra will take their life. The great ones use the energy and intensity of fear to drive them to greater heights. They learn how to become comfortable while performing in an uncomfortable state of mind. Repeated exposure to their fears systematically desensitizes them, eventually depleting the fear.
An interesting phenomenon often occurs after this desensitization process — performers fall in love with the activity they used to fear. Since the beginning of public opinion polls, the number one fear among people worldwide has always been public speaking. The fear of public humiliation is too much for the ego to bear; so most people develop a tremendous fear of speaking to groups.
Realizing the incredible force public speaking can be in their careers, many champions have faced this fear head-on and later fell in love with the emotional high public speaking offers.
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