The Mind of a Champion
It’s not enough these days to have the heart of a champion. If you have goals and ambitions to be extraordinary, you have to also have the mind of a champion. It takes a dream, a plan, hard work, the courage to keep going, and the tenacity to build a limitless mindset. @VideoAdvice delves into how athletes have done this through their powerful compilation of moments and reflections throughout sports history.
Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps’ coach, tells us: “The dream is critical. Because that’s where it starts… the dream ignites the creative process. As soon as it’s in place, it’s like a bomb goes off; all of these things are working towards it-- if you have the correct mental picture.” Bowman also emphasizes it’s not enough to just have an end goal and a good deal of talent. To be a champion, Bowman says you need to also have a clear, well-structured plan for how you’re going to work harder, be better, and reach higher realms than the competitors in your field. The metaphor he uses is that of a forest. “The dream establishes the forest… and then we start looking for the trees, lets you know where we’re going, what direction are we headed.”
Part of cultivating a championship mindset is learning to recognize any self-limiting beliefs we may have constructed. Cyclist Jamie Paolinetti once famously said: “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” Once you’ve deconstructed your limiting beliefs, you must be ready to work hard to achieve your dream.
Stephen Curry, 2014-15 NBA MVP, gives this advice: “You wanna be the hardest-working person in whatever you do, and you’ll put yourself in the position to be successful.” Our online students know, hard work takes courage. As with anything extraordinary, you must have the courage to fail and try again until you’ve reached your goal.
After all, as Michael Phelps said, “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”
What passion do you want to turn professional?