Every day when I wake up I do the mental routine I have created for myself to get ready for my day. One part of that routine is to learn or re-learn some thing from any book I’ve read before or from a post I’ve written in my journal.

Today I re-read an entry from the third edition of Steve Siebold’s book 177 Mental Toughness Secrets Of The World Class.

It spoke so appropriately to what I’ve been personally experiencing and coaching with some high school and collegiate athletes that I want to share it in this blog post.

After you read it ask yourself if you’re willing to be champion…then search your emotions for the answer. Don’t answer with words find your answer in how you emotionally respond to the question. Your heart never lies.

The title of Siebold’s short blurb is: Champions Make ‘Do or Die’ Commitments. Here it is:

“You cannot keep a committed person from success. Place stumbling blocks in his way, and he takes them for steppingstones, and on them he will climb to greatness. Take away his money, and he makes spurs of his poverty to urge him on. The person who succeeds has a program; he fixes his course and adheres to it; he lays his plans and executes them; he goes straight to his goal. He is not pushed this side and that every time a difficulty is thrust in his way. If he can’t get over it, he goes through it.” – George Gilder, author

If there was ever one word that defined the champion, the word would be commitment. When everyone else is tired, exhausted and burned out from the battle, the great ones are just getting warmed up. It’s not that they don’t fatigue; but their commitment to their dream keeps them going. Average people think it would be nice to achieve their goals, as long as it doesn’t get too uncomfortable or painful. Champions don’t recognize pain, because they have made a commitment to do what it takes to win. Amateur performers make a commitment and approach it like a hobby.

Professional performers 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 performers 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.

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