177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class
Average performers think of habits as something to break, like smoking or eating too much. Professional performers know successful habits are the keys to the kingdom. Each and every day, the great ones reinforce their success habits, such as exercise, proper diet, showing up early/staying late, and studying their field. Champions have a sacred respect for the power that habits exhibit in their life. The pros know if they allow their championship habits to slip for even one day, the habit will begin to atrophy.
The great ones know it’s more difficult to develop a championship habit than to lose it. They understand the magnificent force of momentum can work for or against them. As a result, they tend to protect their success habits with an almost religious fervor. Champions are keenly aware of how their habits impact every area of their lives, because they always look inside themselves and listen for answers. Average people are oblivious to success-habit formation, unless the pain from an unhealthy habit becomes too great. Habits are the raw materials from which the great ones are made.
ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:
Make a list of five habits that could lift you to higher levels of success and fulfillment. Now, select the single habit that would have the most impact and make a commitment to make it a part of your life. Remember, it takes an average of three to four weeks to form a new habit, whether it is positive or negative.
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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 81.