I still remember the feeling of that day. I was 16 years of age, playing a very important game, and ended up winning that basketball game on the buzzer-beater.
To celebrate that important game and the winning, my father surprised my cousin Dave Walls and me to enjoy a chicken feast at Golden Bird Chicken. After a hearty and well-deserved meal, my father settled the bill, and we walked to the car. That is when something unexpected happens.
To our surprise and horror, we were stopped, harassed by the police, and handcuffed. All because we were racially profiled.
My father, a wise man, arrived, and I watched how he approached and exhibited the best example of emotional intelligence to diffuse the situation. It took a Championship Mindset to turn that situation from a loss to a win.
I still remember that day. It helps me to remind myself that no matter how many obstacles I can encounter in life, that day is an excellent example of how important it is to keep control of our emotions and our mind.
From an early age, I have endured many challenges in my life. From the physical to emotional aspects, I suffered from abandonment, low self-esteem, and financial struggles. It made me who I am today. Seeking a comfortable life was never an option for me. I genuinely believe that the greatest mistake we can make is to seek a comfortable life and not live to our fullest potential.
While living in a drug-infested neighborhood throughout my entire childhood, my willingness to evolve to thrive on having a better future made me develop a routine of starting my day with positivity, ready to resist any challenge I might encounter.
3 Qualities to Build the Mindset of a Champion
I firmly believe that everyone can build the mindset of a champion. And it takes three powerful qualities that, when combined, can transform a loss into a win.
Champions are not only responsible for their actions and decisions. More than that! To build a winner mindset, you also need to be accountable and willing to take on the consequences. Accountability is the difference between success and failure.
Many people do not understand what accountability is, why it is crucial, or where it starts. Accountability will not just happen over time. It takes effort to make it happen.
“There can be no triumph without loss. No victory without suffering. No freedom without sacrifice.” – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Can you believe in yourself when others do not? When criticism, fear, devastation, and unfavorable situations arise, do you still trust and believe in your ability to keep going?
Champions strongly believe in themselves. They have confidence in themselves, confidence in their actions, in their attitude. They also believe they will achieve what they set out to accomplish.
But do not get confused with the excess of confidence. Excessive confidence does not mean ego. Confidence means you are actively learning, listening, and bettering yourself to be always ready for the next. Without this strong belief in yourself, the champion’s mind cannot exist.
Consistency is key. Consistency means discipline. Being consistent means dedicating yourself to your goals and staying focused on the things and activities to achieve your goals. Consistency requires a long-term commitment from you and involves sustained effort in doing actions repeatedly until you achieve your goals.
The mindset of a champion cannot be built without consistency. Performing actions consistently involves doing the same actions regularly.
The Bottom Line
Building a championship mindset requires effort and discipline. You must believe and have confidence in your actions, be willing to take all the consequences, and become much stronger-minded and resilient. Love the process as much or more than the outcome.
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Written with the 2021 Olympics and Post Covid-19 in mind, Eric Bailey does share not only his personal stories but also his strategies and tools to help us all thrive in our lives, Going for Gold. Click on the link for your playbook to win the Gold…And Live Your Personal Best.
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