Success Through The Way You Think About Yourself
If you think you are a loser, you train or work like a loser
i.e. sloppily and half-heartedly. If you think you are a winner
you train like one i.e. with maximum focus, great expectations,
excitement and consistent effort. This article takes a look
at why people think like winners or losers and what they can
do about it.
Steve Siebold describes in his recent book -"177 Mental Toughness
Secrets of the World Class" - how he wanted to be a tennis
champion. He had all the talent and the desire necessary but
at times he lacked the belief that he was a potential champion.
"When I believed I was a champion, I trained like a champion.
When I believed I was washed up, I trained like a loser."
When he was only ten years old, he defeated nearly everyone
he played and, as a result, was thinking like a champion.
He expected to win and so he trained and worked hard as winners
As he grew older his rankings started to drop and he no longer
expected to win and so he started training like a loser instead
of a winner.
He still had the desire to be a champion but so do lots of
people. He believes that what made the difference was his
belief in himself or his lack of it.
He lost some of his belief in himself through associating
too much with what he calls the 'middle class' instead of
the 'world class'. The middle class are too easily satisfied
with mediocre results. The world class are only content when
they become champions in whatever they are doing whether it
be playing tennis or making money.
When I went to school at the age of 11, I worked hard and
did all the work set with full attention and the desire to
do well. I did so well that the principal of the school suggested
I move up a whole year.
This was a mistake. I now came under the influence of classmates
who did not like the fact that I had jumped a year. Some of
them called me a swat and a bighead. Maybe they were right
but I don't think so. Working hard was frowned on by this
They changed my thinking about myself so much that instead
of thinking of myself as a champion student, I saw myself
as some kind of a freak for working so hard. My effort dropped
along with my self-image. Never underestimate the influence
of those around you. I was lucky in the end to pass my exams
and get to university.
It has taken me many years to regain belief in myself. I was
helped by the great American positive thinkers like Norman
Vincent Peale, Frank Bettger and William James.
One English writer who has also helped greatly in this is
the multimillionaire Stuart Goldsmith. His book 'The Midas
Method' explains how most of us are brainwashed at an early
age into thinking there is an invisible ceiling to our progress
which we will never break through.
Once we realize that this ceiling is only a figment of the
imagination of ourselves and our so-called 'friends', we will
be able to break through our limitations and achieve world
class results which will astonish us.
We need to re-examine our beliefs about ourselves and to realize
that many of them originated in the beliefs of people who
thought that great results were only for the few and that
our dreams were just 'pie in the sky'.
Instead of listening to the middle class or the poverty class
(those who are not even aware of the possibility that they
could be champions), let's start listening to the world class.
Let's replace negative beliefs about ourselves with empowering
ones and then start working hard to achieve our dreams.
We don't need a degree in psychology to do all this. A little
bit of commonsense and observation can show us the way. It
also helps to read the books of people like Steve Siebold
and Stuart Goldsmith and - if I dare say it without being
called a bighead - myself!
You may or may not have access to world class neighbours or
friends but you do have easy access to world class writers
and thinkers through the media of books, audios and video
tapes. The Internet has, of course, widened that access exponentially.
It is high time you and I joined the world class and made
the most of the championship potential which is there in all
John Watson is an award winning teacher and fifth
degree black belt martial arts instructor. He has recently
written two books about achieving your goals and dreams and
several other books on success and motivation. They can be
found on his website www.motivationtoday.com
along with a weekly motivational message and several other
motivational books. The title of the first book is "36 Laws
To Ignite Your Inner Power And Realize Your Dreams Now! -
Acronyms, Stories, Pictures And Quotes...Easy To Remember
And Use Everyday To Grab Your Life And Soar With The Eagles"
The book can be found at this URL: www.motivationtoday.com/36_laws.php
The book uses acronyms, stories, pictures and quotations to
help readers remember 36 laws that can gradually transform
your life if you apply them.
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