177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class
The endless quest for security is the plague of the middle-class level of consciousness. Security is an illusion used to ease the late nights of worry and concern about the future. The world class knows there are only two facts in which you can be secure: all of us were born, and all of us will die. Everything that happens in between these two dates is up for grabs. These realities invoke terror in the hearts of amateurs, but are liberating to champions, because they are indisputable. It may not be comforting, but it’s reality. One of the hallmarks of the great ones is their ability to deal in straightforward and simple truths. Give it to them just as it is, without any spin.
This fulfills their need to work from a point of objective reality, so they can devise a solid plan of action based on fact. Average performers cringe at the thought of not having security, but instead of evolving to a higher level of conscious awareness, most choose to delude themselves into a false sense of security. It’s no wonder amateurs are no match for pros – it’s not even a level playing field. Champions are motivated by the idea that their security is in their ability to perform. The great ones live for challenge, and often they love the battle for the prize more than the prize itself. They love the battle because they expect to win, and their positive expectation continues to grow with each subsequent victory. The world class knows that, if any form of security exists in the universe, it is within their thoughts. They are willing to court doubt and darkness along the road to enlightenment.
Extrinsic things like money will never make you feel secure unless you are secure on the inside; unless you believe you have the ability to deal with whatever happens between your birthday and your death day. If this world-class thought process exists, almost anything, from a teddy bear to a million dollars, will enhance your feeling of security. If you don’t have it, a billion dollars won’t make you feel secure. Security is simply a perception, and the great ones have always known it.
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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 165.