Title of this post and the post itself comes from a book a mentor of mine gave to me while I was living in California. The book is “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class” by Steve Siebold.

I want to share it with you because it speaks directly to what I think all athletes need to understand about what coaches are looking for. So here it is:

As you know, one of the defining characteristics of champions is that they know exactly what they want, why they want it, and how to get it. Their actions are congruent with the size and scope of their vision. While average performers wish for the stars, they rarely back up their big dreams with world-class action. Champions know that the road to uncommon success and emotional fulfillment is paved with all-out, massive action.

This congruency integrates their belief with their behavior. The masses have retained a set of limiting beliefs from childhood, and continue to have these beliefs reinforced and validated by others around them. The likelihood of them achieving outstanding results is slim to none, unless they are exposed to a higher level of awareness and recognize it.

To determine the size of the champion, check for congruency between their vision and their habits, actions and behaviors. If they are incongruent, performers have one of two choices: upgrade their habits, actions and behaviors or reduce the size and scope of their vision. This congruency model is what world-class coaches have used for years to keep their performers on track. It’s the reason creating a detailed, emotionally charged vision is the first step in the mental toughness process.

Are your actions, habits and behaviors aligned with what you said you want to achieve? What actions, habits and behaviors do you need to adopt?
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