I thought this piece from Steve Siebold again hits home with what I wanted to get across today. No need for me to recreate it. It’s from his book 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class…Check it out.
Average people seem to have a strategy of “Ready, fire, aim!” In other words, most people fail to do the necessary preparation and planning it takes to succeed. Middle-class performers have a fondness for winging it. Some actually brag about their lack of planning, like a kid in school who boasts about not studying for an exam. Amateur performers are always looking for the easy road, yet appear to be confounded by their lack of success.
Champions are perennial planners. they are always charting and changing their course to be certain everything is on track. Skating the details of preparation never occurs to the world class, because they are surrounded by a society full of amateurs who prove the theory doesn’t work. The great ones don’t limit their plans to their own scope of knowledge and experience. They know someone, somewhere, knows how to do it better and is willing to help. Planning isn’t popular with amateurs because it’s not always fun and it rarely produces instant pleasure.
The masses are professional pleasure seekers and planning doesn’t fall into this category. Champions have learned to delay their gratification as long as necessary in order to breathe life into their goals and dreams.
Listen…if I have to convince you that you can win or convince you that you want to win then maybe you aren’t a champion yet. Chris Evert, one of the greatest tennis players in the world and arguably the greatest female athlete was quoted as saying, “If you are a champion, you have to have it in your heart….The thing that separates good players from great ones is mental attitude”.
Are you a champion yet or are you still hovering around average? Aren’t you ready to Push Forward?!