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It’s what you do in the dark that will put you into the spotlight

Michael Phelps is the GOAT of swimming… His records are legendary.

The video below is a must-watch to understand what it takes to be a true champion.

If you are not “winning” in your personal, professional or athletic life, you might want to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you have a goal or dream you really, really want to accomplish?
  • Why don’t you get up every morning with the same level of dedication as Michael?
  • Do you know what you need to do to achieve your next level of performance?
  • When you hold yourself back, do you hear yourself? What do you say to yourself?
  • Do you need constant motivation and encouragement? Why?

Want to get into the spotlight? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Who can help you? We all need coaches and mentors.
  • What do you need to get started? Just making a list will help overcome inertia and build some momentum.
  • Who can help you? A training buddy can be helpful – more than one is better, so that you don’t relay just on him/her!
  • What do you need to learn to improve?
  • What skills do you need to acquire?
  • What can you read to save you time, money and effort?
  • Who can you MIRROR in your chosen activity/sport?
  • What can you do TODAY to get going and growing?

The difference between champions and non-champions is not WHO THEY ARE, BUT WHAT THEY DO.

Only 35% of athletic success is genetic (physical attributes)… So you can’t (usually) use that as an excuse!

The real question is – why would you NOT want to be a champion in your life/business/career/sport?

 

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Bottle Cap Challenge – Squash Version!

We’ve all seen the Bottle Cap Challenges, so we thought we’d join in and bring squash into the mix!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger 2018 – The speech that broke the Internet – You can’t NOT be inspired after watching this!

I don’t care what some might think of him as a person with his personal relationship challenges, I leave that for others to debate.

His work ethic is legendary.

What’s amazing is how FEW people know his total commitment to doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve his outcome(s)…

And he has done it SEVERAL TIMES in multiple, TOTALLY different industries, each requiring TOTALLY DIFFERENT SKILLS.

I have tracked his progress from his early days as a bodybuilder… and every step of the journey – the message is simple – WORK HARD, but in today’s nanny state filled with snowflakes, it’s as if he’s speaking of a bygone era…

It’s not a bygone era – NOTHING with respect to HARD WORK has changed.

What HAS CHANGED is the nuber of people willing to WORK HARD has diminished, which means…

You guessed it – the REWARDS today are MUCH greater than they were in “his day”.

That is a discussion for another day, another time. For now, get INSPIRED and make 2019 Your Best Year Ever.

Set your goals, dreams, aspirations HIGHER.

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‘Dream Crazy’ and the mindset of a champion

The second element of Exponential Mindset Thinking is:

“Today’s dreams are the foundation of tomorrow’s reality” – Dr Marc Dussault

Nike’s new ad campaign speaks to this – LOUD AND CLEAR…!

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Serena Williams – US Open Inspiration

As a coach, I can talk about visualisation until I’m blue in the face…

This video of Serena Williams hammers it home superbly.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm_JcJqFcWe/

 

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Infographic Highlighting Squash Practice Etiquette Released

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Listen up babies!

Champions aren’t born, they’re made.

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Two secret words to win the British Open Golf Championship

Rory McIlroy looked out at a room packed with reporters and knew he was going to disappoint them.

All week, he had talked about two secret words he used as his trigger for the shots he played. Even as he stretched his lead to six shots going into Sunday, he said he would only reveal them if he were to win the British Open.
Rory McIlroy

In the hours before he teed off, the media put one pound ($1.70) in a pot and tried to guess the two words. “Very simple,” McIlroy said, the claret jug at his side. “It’s going to be a big letdown for everyone. It was ‘process’ and ‘spot.’ That was it.”

And the meaning? “With my long shots, I just wanted to stick to my process and stick to making good decisions, making good swings,” he said. “The process of making a good swing, if I had any sort of little swing thoughts, just keeping that so I wasn’t thinking about the end result, basically.”

The “spot” was about his putting. “I was just picking a spot on the green and trying to roll it over my spot,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking about holing it. I wasn’t thinking about what it would mean or how many further clear it would get me. I just wanted to roll that ball over that spot. If that went in, then great. If it didn’t, then I’d try it the next hole.”

I highlight this because non-champions (1) don’t do this, (2) try to make it more complicated than it is, (3) are not quite sure how ‘this’ works, and (4) don’t educate or inform themselves on how to develop their mental game.

That’s why they aren’t the ones holding the trophies, standing on the podium, accepting the awards, winning the championships.

 

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Every sport has rules or does it?

This video is one of those instances where you can choose a pro or con argument. I will pick the pro argument.

What I admire is that he doesn’t stop – he keeps on going – no matter what.

That is what I choose to focus on – the perseverance and desire to win.*

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/v/ewckPYePzbU

* I am NOT advocating cheating and winning at “all costs”. I am mindful of the intellectual challenges of the contestants, but maybe, just maybe we can learn something useful here.

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  • Don’t give up.
  • Do it your own way.
  • F_ _ _ the rules! Sometimes it’s the only way to get things done.
  • Give it your best shot.
  • Give 100% each and every time.
  • Leave it all out there, don’t hold anything back.

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Success is a lousy teacher…

…It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. This is true in sport as it is in business and life in general.

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