Champion Mindset

Champion Mindset

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“I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character. – Alan Armstrong

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

 “I hated every minute of training, but I said… Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

“I need to remain humble, stay disciplined and keep training. That’s how I will continue to be a champion.” – Andy Ruiz Jr.

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”

“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. –

Wilma Rudolph

“Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.” – Gabrielle Douglas

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

“Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.” – Chuck Doll

“Do what no one else can do and you will become what no one else can become.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

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This week I pondered about the mindset of a champion. There are many key attributes that define champions but key is their mindset and attitude about life.

They live with purpose and drive. Great visions drive them to make an impact in the world. The inventions we take for granted like electricity, cars, airplanes were brought about by true champions who could not rest until their visions were brought to reality

Champions can cut across individuals, communities and nations. A country like Singapore is a true champion among nations. They mastered how to change community culture, belief and bring prosperity in the nation as a collective.

3 key attributes of a champion

Total Focus and Concentration: Control of their key priorities daily

They master and control their priorities daily. They own their days. They are guided by purpose and priorities. They truly understand what matters to them. They know what tasks and objectives matter in their day.

You rarely find a champion coasting through the day with non-priority tasks crowding their day. Idle gossip and chatting, watching TV, following news, the latest breaking events and the latest celebrity gossip is a ‘No No’ for Champions.

Their days are structured to ensure their highest priorities get focus. They focus on what moves the needle. What will give them the highest reward in the long term is what matters to them.

Their focus is on key areas such as spirituality, optimizing their health, building productive relationships, finance and upskilling. A true champion will ensure they have dedicated time, every week, of focused attention in each of these key areas.

Follow through with no excuses

True champions are masters of follow through. They ensure that key priorities get done. Whether it means following up on that potential deal for 5 to 10 years they will do it. If it means dedicating 3 hours each night to master a skill they will do it.

Once a champion understands the importance of an activity they will follow through and ensure its completed and accomplished. They will not give themselves any excuses they are self-accountable. Once they make promises to themselves they will follow through to the end.

Study true champions and the vows and promises they make in public. These individuals will do what it takes to keep their promises. No matter how long it takes they will stick to the task at hand and get it done.

They have a ‘No Excuses’ mentality. They will train, knock on the doors and keep on asking until they get what they want. They are relentless and obsessed about their visions and purpose.

Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali, Michael Schumacher, Steffi Graf, Gary Kasparov, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Mozart, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, the Special Forces etc.

Their training schedules are punishing and relentless but they stick to the mission.

Daily debriefs and reviews- Constant Learning each day: Self correction.

Champions learn constantly. They soak in feedback from their mistakes and the environment. They are always upskilling and looking for the next way to improve their performance

The greats are always learning. The Toyota Company, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos you name the who of the who. They are always looking at upping their game to the next level. You will never find them resting they are always looking to improve constantly.

Constant and Never-Ending Improvement is the name of the game. Champions understand they will fail but they learn from each failure. They bounce back faster than many other individuals. They self-debrief and self-reflect constantly.

They learn how to use their imagination and creativity. They master the art of constant change and adaptation to their environments. They are masters at learning. They constantly shed old habits and skills that are holding them back and acquire new skills that propel them to the top.


These three key attributes above really define the mindset and attitude of champions. They have a never give up mentality that always shines through no matter what happens.

They are leaders and team players. They dream and ensure they bring these dreams into life. They are constantly asking the right questions. Let’s always embrace a champions mentality and soar to greater heights in all our endeavors.

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