177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

While amateurs often live in the past, champions look toward the future. Pros habitually focus on the present while creating their ultimate vision for, and landscape of, the future. This future orientation allows them to dream of grand visions and unlimited possibilities. It also keeps them motivated and moving forward by keeping the proverbial carrot out in front. Amateurs like to talk about the good old days, and how they wish things were like they were before. Professional performers are just the opposite. The pros revere and respect the past, but place responsibility for the future squarely on their own shoulders. Taking personal responsibility for failures, successes and actions in general is a trait of world-class performers. Then saying, “If it is to be, it is up to me,” reflects their beliefs. Average people would rather see themselves as victims of circumstances beyond their control. The great ones make their own circumstances and respond with a higher level of awareness to negative events in their lives. Their execution-based focus and future orientation keeps them on track. It all begins with taking full responsibility for their lives and their futures.


Program yourself by repeating this statement until you believe it. “The past is only important as it relates to the present and the future, and any mistakes in my past have been for the purpose of helping me create a bountiful future.” This affirmation harnesses the power of the past and directs it to the only place it can serve you: in the future.

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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 69.

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