We like to think of our champions and idols as super heroes who were born different from us. (Hold us responsible for our effort vs I couldn't do that therefore why try?)
What is a champion? Someone who can raise their level of play when they need to. Someone who puts forth an extra effort at that time.
When 11 players want to knock you down, when you're tired or injured, when the referees are against you, you cannot let any of it affect your focus.
How do you do that? Got to learn how.
"It is one of the most difficult aspect of soccer and the one I struggle with every game and every practice," said Mia Hamm.
None of the superstars thought they were special people, born with the right to win just by showing up on the field. They were people who worked hard, who learned how to keep their focus under pressure, and who stretched beyond ordinary abilities when they had to.
How good you are at sports will always improve if you work harder at it.
To be successful in sports, you need to learn techniques and skills and practice them regularly.
Those with the growth mindset were the ones who showed the most character or heart. They were the ones with the minds of champions. Mental toughness.
"Personal success is when you work your hardest to become your best " this was central to John Wooden's life."There are many many games that give me as much pleasure as any of the ten national championship games simply because we prepared fully and played near our highest level of ability."