Performing like a champion: the five key ingredients
Great performers share a way of thinking, a set of attributes and attitudes like optimism, confidence, talent, persistence, and strong will. Striving for an exceptional life is never easy, and going after big ideas takes sweat, persistence, patience, and a bedrock belief in yourself. So, the core ingredients can be summarized as follows:
- Optimism: is an attitude that people can choose to have.
- Confidence: People tend to become what they think about themselves – chose to construct confident self-images. Your self-image is the archive of all the thoughts you have ever had about yourself (for all golfers, that means remember your good shots, only).
- Talent: An important part of real talent is the ability to select the right counselors and tune everyone else out. Respect your very own talent, don’t compare to others.
- Perseverance is a virtue in short supply, except for people who live exceptional lives. Exceptional people have the will to learn loving what they’re committed to doing. If no one thinks your goals are crazy, you’re probably not aiming high enough.
- Strong will: no matter what setbacks occur you will find a reason to keep trying. There is no substitute for acquiring and polishing skills through practice – then it is all about the preparation- and performance processes, steered by the unconscious mind.”
Don’t settle for mediocrity, don’t be “realistic” when you dream. The issue is not whether you’ll fail, because you will. It’s whether you’ll get back-up and keep going. It’s whether you can sustain your self-confidence and your belief in yourself and keep bouncing back. Failure is only final when you stop striving.