177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

Average performers never fully tap into their own psyches, and as a result, they are unmotivated to dream big dreams. World-class performers know what they are willing to fight – and even die – for. This is a critical trait of the great ones. They draw their motivation and willpower intrinsically, whereas the middle class waits for the motivational mood to strike. Professional performers invest a tremendous amount of time thinking about what makes them tick in an effort to uncover their deepest, most powerful emotional motivators. When the going gets tough and the pain kicks in, average people back off from a goal or task. This is when the world class really begins to fight.

When they begin to feel physical or psychological pain, they go inside themselves and draw on their vast reserves of emotional power. When pain strikes, the subconscious mind asks the conscious mind, “why must I suffer?” The great ones know the answer is their vision. When their subconscious determines the vision is worth fighting and suffering for, their level of motivation soars. This is one of the major reasons there is such a chasm between amateurs and pros. The difference may be small at the start, but as the pain and suffering escalate, the performance gap becomes larger and larger, to the point of a total mismatch. You don’t pit amateurs against pros. It’s like feeding a man to the lions.


Make a list of the ten reasons you will do whatever it takes to breathe life into your vision. Review this list every day, especially when the going gets tough.

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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 73.

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