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It takes a village to raise a child. Similarly, the champion mindset cannot nurture in isolation.

Maintain support from family, friends, and others who will help them achieve their goals. Practice gratitude toward them as they will be instrumental in providing the essential knowledge, insights, motivation, coaching, counseling to help you become a champion of sorts.

To sum up, draw clear goals and find ways to achieve them. Do not give-in, whatever the circumstances by powering your actions with self-confidence and support of your efforts and that of your team.

Once you have all the above characteristics in your armor, you are good to go as a champion towards the achievement of your goals.

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BREAK YOUR SELF-MADE BOUNDARIES

Break all the barriers that you have set in your mind due to self-doubt or due to your doubting well-wishers. Move on until you reach your goals.

KEEP LEARNING

Learning is a continuous process for everyone. Champions know this better.

  • Be like a beginner and learn from the basics.
  • You should not have self-limiting parameters if you want to be a champion in your field. Keep acquiring skills for your chosen route.
  • Never be satisfied; keep learning the craft in spite of natural skill through knowledge acquisition and experience.
  • Always lookout for opportunities to grow. Keep hunger to achieve more alive at all times.

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“Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both”. – The Rock

To become a champion in your set field, practice mindfulness.

  • Focus on your surroundings
  • Let your thoughts and emotions directed towards positivity
  • Eat, work and sleep mindfully
  • Mediate and reap benefits of it such as inner peace, inspiration and additional energy

Mindfulness helps to improve concentration while

  • Became aware that your body needs to achieve success
  • Appreciate your surroundings and even competitors
  • Accept situations and not be bogged down by extreme

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You sure do know to agree that some habits like smoking and poor eating habits etc. are not suitable for you. Likewise, champions know that some habits will only retard their route to success.

So they adopt some positive habits such as below to keep them on the path of success. They

  • Don’t complain about challenges, situations and external circumstances
  • Are not jealous of others achievements; instead, they take it as a challenge to motivate them on the right route
  • Practice gratitude towards their mentors, coaches, family, friends, and well-wishers
  • Make peace with their past losses and start again. Champions don’t dwell too much on old losses.
  • Stop controlling their surroundings but bring change from within to counter deterrents
  • Maintain their integrity at all times
  • They are responsible. They understand that they are not invincible. They take responsibility for their actions, in case of loss.
  • They consequently work towards adopting remedial measures for the same.

Once you develop all these positives, habits know that your destination is now quite near.

"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." -- Colin R. Davis

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Another aspect of accomplishing a champion’s mindset is giving importance to your physical body. Have you observed how Sportsmen partake a balanced diet so that they are in shape for the ultimate test? They are also training in various aspects to keep their body fit.

The reason for giving importance to the physical and nutritional requirements of the body is that it can help you withstand extreme pressure when required.

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One of the essential traits that champions possess is mental strength. They are ready to face any and every challenge on their route towards their destination. They also can climb up from depths of defeat many times to reach the top.

Their mental strength stems from the following characteristics they possess…

  • They take full responsibility for failure… they do not blame anyone else for their loss but themselves for their downfall.
  • They are fully aware that success is challenging and only achievable through hardships but are ever ready to take them head-on
  • They can bounce back after crushing defeats or setbacks
  • They are flexible, not ashamed to go back even to the drawing board and refocus again
  • They are willing to sacrifice themselves for their cause – either sacrificing their youth/age – and expending energy.

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“The best lightning rod for your protection is your spine.”RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Self-belief or self-confidence believes in your ability to achieve the target(s) you have set yourself. This confidence will fill your thoughts, feelings, and values and reflect outside in your views and actions.

Champions strongly believe they can do it! If you want to attain their mindset, have 100% belief in yourself first!

To build self-confidence, do the following:

  • Motivate yourself until you reach your zenith
  • Take inspiration from champions of present and past
  • Do not surrender to setbacks, obstacles, hurdles, or the negative opinions others have you.
  • Challenge at least one hurdle (personal or external) every day that you think is blocking your path to success
  • If you are your most prominent critic, counter every allegation that the critic makes with positivity
  • Take up a period challenge for handling dejection
  • Teach or train someone in the same field. Your confidence will get an immense boost in the process

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“All good performance starts with clear goals.” – Ken Blanchard

Champions have a clear idea of what they want to achieve. It helps them keep their focus and vision on that goal always. The clarity of goals also helps them define the road map to reach that destination through obstacles, hurdles, or failures.

Every person has a different definition of success. For some, it might be winning a World championship. Another person may want to achieve a national level win. Some may want to earn a certain amount of money to buy a decent house…

Therefore, first, decide what you want. Once you have defined the goals, create a map of how you are planning to reach there. You can break the goal into many achievable milestones so that your chances of reaching the end goal is easy.

The next step is to begin. This is one of the crucial stages where many people falter. Just like New Year’s resolutions that never fructify, many people stop after planning. So, start today. Remember to go steady on your path to success. Keep improving with huge strides, powered by the motivation to achieve the goals you have set yourself.

By nature, we tend to speak our own language. Whatever makes us feel loved is what we do for the other person. But if it is not his/her language, it will not mean to them what it means to us. - Gary Chapman, Things I wish I knew before I got married

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So how can one develop the champion mindset? Simple, here are some pointers

  • BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR GOALS

  • BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

  • MENTAL STRENGTH

  • PHYSICAL STRENGTH

  • DEVELOP GOOD HABITS

  • PRACTICE MINDFULNESS

  • BREAK YOUR SELF-MADE BOUNDARIES

  • KEEP LEARNING

  • FOR TEAMWORK ADOPT THE US VS. TEAM MENTALITY