Updated: Jun 30, 2020
Champions perform well under pressure and win. They prepare themselves to be in peak physical and psychological condition. They face their competition head on and go for it, no holding back. In business, having the mindset of a champion will help you reach your strategic goals and be competitive.
C stands for commitment and courage. Champions are committed to a specific outcome. They are crystal clear where they are going and how to get there. What are you committed to achieving? What is your level of commitment? What would you do if you weren’t scared?
H stands for help. Champions have lots of help on their road to the top; coaches, teammates, mentors, and mothers all play a part. Who is on your team? Who teaches, listens, encourages and supports you?
A stands for attitude and accountability. It’s not enough to be competent, champions have can-do attitudes. They are consumed with hope not doubt. Their self-talk includes positive mantras. Diana Nyad’s mantra was Find a Way! Champions are also accountable for their performance, they work hard to be the best. Are you consistently positive? Are you a fabulous role model for others? What is your personal mantra?
M stands for measurement. Champions know where they are and where they are going. They are always striving for improvement. In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first athlete to run the sub four-minute mile in track and field. He knew that he eventually would break the barrier. Others had tried before him without success. As soon as he accomplished the milestone, many other runners measured their performance against his. What are you improving? How are you measuring the improvement?
P stands for passion. Champions love what they do, if they didn’t, they would never have the perseverance to move forward.Champions make sacrifices to achieve their dreams! What do you have passion for? What are you willing to sacrifice?
I stands for innovation. Standing still is not an option in today’s technological, fast paced world! Every successful business is innovating with new products and services. Today’s solutions won’t fix tomorrows problems. Can you list some of the innovations that you have experienced during the past five years? How are you keeping ahead of the competition?
O stands for overcoming obstacles. Every champion is faced with obstacles. An obstacle can be a person, place, thing or in Diana Nyad’s case jellyfish! What are your obstacles to moving forward? What is your plan for eliminated or working around the obstacles?
N stands for never quit. Champions have an unwavering spirit and endurance to keep moving forward. At the age of 64, Diana Nyad completed her swim from Cuba to the United States, she finally found a way to do it. What goal is worth reaching?
Being able to think like a champion is a mindset worth embracing!