177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class
Average people never truly decide what they want, so they wander from job to job, chasing different things until time finally runs out. Persistence, to amateurs, is never really a factor, because they haven’t focused on any single goal long enough to be persistent. When pros determine what they want, they burn their vision into their minds on a daily basis. They become obsessed with attaining the goal at almost any cost. At this stage, persistence becomes the primary factor in their success. Amateurs are often impressed by this, yet champions are simply following their passions and refusing to look back. They reach a mental state in which the failure to persist is no longer an option. The great ones know the longer they hang tough, the greater the odds of victory. What looks like Herculean persistence to the outside world is really just the manifestation of world-class mental clarity in action.
Champions decide what they want, down to the last detail, and then wage war to get it. Their sense of purpose and dogged persistence is a hard combination to beat. The great ones become unstoppable because they’ve convinced themselves there is no way to fail. This subjective perception is one of the most common thought processes of the world class. While the rest of the world watches with doubt and disbelief, champions talk themselves into believing that winning is their destiny and defeat is impossible. This winning expectation is the fuel that drives the champion to persist until they succeed, no matter how much pain they have to endure.
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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 120.