177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

The middle class will persist until they become uncomfortable. The upper class will persist until it becomes painful. The world class never says die. Champions are comfortable being uncomfortable, because they have grown so accustomed to risk that feelings of vulnerability almost seem natural. Champions don’t even begin to pay attention until they feel pain, which they expect to feel on a regular basis. Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong says racing doesn’t even get interesting until it becomes what he calls a “suffer-fest.” Even the upper class cannot compete with the world class because, while good performers have a deep desire to win, the great ones are committed to winning.

The distinction between the two thought processes is substantial. Failure to manifest the vision is not an option; champions will do it or die trying. The mantra they love to espouse is, “Whatever it takes.” The great ones are masters of self-denial, suffering and sacrifice. They do it all to live their vision. If you’re going to go up against the great ones, you better pack a lunch – it’s going to be a long afternoon.


Ask this critical thinking question: “How committed am I to achieving my ultimate vision?” Are you really willing to do whatever it takes? If so, know you are on the right track. If not, chances are you have settled for second best in your vision. It doesn’t have sufficient emotional energy to motivate you through the tough times that will undoubtedly occur. If the latter is the case, do some soul searching and rewrite your vision. Odds are that you will need world-class emotional energy to bring your dream into reality.

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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 173.​
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