177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class
Professional performers’ heightened awareness allows them to forgive freely. While average people plot revenge, champions release their enemies and move on. The amateur approach stems from ego; the professional approach from spirit. The habit of forgiveness is a significant distinction between the masses and the champions. Professional performers understand that mental toughness and power ultimately come from a mindset of love – love for what they do, who they are and for the people with whom they interact. This is not to be confused with the Age of Aquarius and the free love movement of the 1960s, although they were probably on the right track in the beginning. All human actions and reactions have their root in one of two forms of consciousness: fear or love. If people were primarily logical creatures, this concept wouldn’t make sense.
Human beings, however, are primarily emotional creatures who often operate in irrational ways. Champions know this, which is the reason they’re able to forgive. Emotional creatures who operate at a lower level of conscious awareness tend to say ignorant things and behave in thoughtless ways. Expecting human beings to behave logically all the time is like expecting machines to feel emotion. The great ones operate from a love-based consciousness that recognizes the emotion-based irrational behavior of people. Champions are much more forgiving than average people because of this knowledge.
ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:
Make a list of all the people you feel have slighted you to some degree, and give yourself the gift of a life-time by forgiving them. You don’t have to tell them you forgive them; simply forgive them in your heart by coming to terms with the fact that we are fallible human beings doing the best we can.
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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 72.