CHAMPIONS KNOW ADVERSITY IS THE CATALYST OF MENTAL TOUGHNESS

177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

“Champions believe if you remove the adversity, you remove the victory.  As a result, they tend to view adversity as a challenge through which learning and growing occurs.  Their world view is evident in the way they describe the adversities they face.  While average people choose the path of least resistance, world-class performers operate at a higher level of awareness.  They understand that stress and struggle are the key factors in becoming mentally tough.

While average people watch television and hang out at happy hour, the great ones continue to push themselves mentally and physically to the point of exhaustion.  Only then will you see them in rest and recovery situations.  Adversity, to average people, equals pain.  Adversity, to world-class performers, is their mental training ground.  It's how they become mentally tough.  Average people scorn adversity.  Those who are world-class don't welcome adversity; yet they see it as the ultimate catalyst for mental growth, as well as the contrast needed to recognize the beauty of life.”

ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:

“List the three most difficult adversities you have faced and five good things that happened to you as a result of each one.  Train yourself to see the good in adversity, and your fear of future challenges will dissipate.”

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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 18.

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