177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class
The majority of the differences between amateurs and pros is a subtle separation. It’s a slight difference in thinking that makes a big difference in results. The idea of failure is an example of this. Amateurs tend to believe failure is painful and should be avoided in order to maintain a sense of pride and dignity. In an effort to protect their egos, they attempt only those things they know they can do. Champions see failure as a necessary building block of mega-success, and treat it as a teacher. People labeled as failures are amateurs at failing. Successful people are professional failures, who have failed their way to success. The difference is their mental approach.
Champions aren’t in the business of protecting their egos; they’re in the business of learning, growing and becoming. They see failures as necessary course adjustments – not always pleasant, yet necessary to gain the wisdom and mental toughness it’s going to take to make their vision a reality. While amateurs spend a lot of time focusing on how not to fail, pros are dialed in to doing what it takes to succeed. This problem-solving, execution-based focus creates a greater awareness of more potential solutions. A focus on failure prevention creates an awareness of fear, lack and poverty. It’s all a matter of where a performer places his attention.
ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:
Ask this critical thinking question: “Have I been playing it safe to avoid failure?” On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being the highest, how many risks have you taken in an effort to make your vision a reality?
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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 67.