Thinking It Out Loud

Breaking the Ties That Bind-Champion Thinking

Lets talk about Sugar Ray’s quote.  Arguably one of the greatest athletes that has ever lived and competed.  Born in 1921 his family moved from Georgia to New York to escape the deep south and all that meant for a young black man.  He began boxing as a young teen and at 19 had won the New York Golden Gloves championship and turned pro.  Never looking back, he went on to win fight after fight…at one point he had a 91 winning streak going.  91! Champion thinking at its finest.

91 times he stepped into the ring KNOWING that the other person was there to take him down.  I can tell you right now, without knowing a thing about boxing, that streak had 20% to do with his physical training and 80% to do with his MENTAL training.  He believed he had prepared for each fight to the best of his ability and he KNEW that he was there to win.  Despite the people cheering or booing, Sugar Ray Robinson stepped into the ring, EVERY TIME, to win.

I should point out here…I am not a fan of boxing.  But I am a fan of champion thinking and attitude.  And that, my friend, is the real secret to breaking the ties that bind us.

Champions have prepared their mental strength in the same way an athlete prepares his body.  Lots of people are athletes.  Good ones. Some are even great but not everyone is a champion.  See where I am going here?  Personally I have been both a champion and an athlete.  Somewhere along the line I gave up both of those things. My mental champion went first.  Followed closely by my discipline and work ethic.  I slipped into average.  Maybe even above average on a good day.  Perhaps you have been there or see yourself there now? Championship thinking is the thing that separates those folks from the herd.  Which is, of course, the most difficult puzzle piece.  It requires discipline of thought and action.  But now?  I am BAAACCCKKKKKKK BAY BEE!

Championship thinking is REQUIRED to truly build the life you want.  But it doesn’t just happen overnight.  Most likely there is someone reading this thinking:  “championship thinking?  I can’t even muster the energy to think positive about myself for longer than 30 seconds.”  I get it.  I have been there.  But no one has to stay there.  Becoming a champion in thought and deed is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Click To Tweet

Champion Thinking 101

Put good stuff into your brain EVERY DAY: I listen to a motivational podcast every morning when I am getting ready.  Sometimes it is a TED talk.  Other days I listen to Brendan Burchard or Chalene Johnson.  And now with Facebook live I have all of these amazing friends that are embracing live media and sharing their strength and their hearts with the world.  I get energy from people plain and simple.  Making sure it’s the right people is my goal.  Motivation and self development are EVERYWHERE these days.

Books:  “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson, “Lifes Golden Ticket” by Brendan Burchard, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R Covey, “You Are A Bad Ass” by Jen Sincero to name a few.  And look, I don’t read them cover to cover every time.  I have them laying around my house and I pick them up IF I have already read the book and will just pick at least 10 pages a day.  I used to think that sounded so silly.  The truth is 10 pages of great positive info can turn a day around, or create space to find the sliver lining in a situation, or even give you a new perspective that helps you solve a problem and get a person unstuck.  Try it.  I would love to hear from you as you do.

Continued Education:  Champions are ALWAYS learning and preparing.  Do you want to be the best ditch digger in the world?  Then go practice.  Find your strengths and new ways to dig that ditch better than anyone else.  Achievers are in a constant state of learning and advancement.  Improve your skill set and knowledge everyday.

Surround yourself with people you WANT to be like:  I attend as many leadership style conferences as possible.  In my at home business, my personal life, and my insurance and investment practice.  No I am not a junkie…at least I don’t think.  But about every 3-5 months I have an opportunity to take an extended  weekend or time to dive into making my life better.  No cleaning the house, picking up kids, running a business.  Just time dedicated to making me better in some fashion.  And guess what…I am SURROUNDED by people doing the same thing.  If you haven’t ever done a conference through church or work or just for kicks I highly recommend it.  It will put your life on FIRE in the best way possible!

DOUBLE SECRET way to turn your energy/mental game around:  I promise you I am very serious about this one.  I do it and I have been known to insist others do it if their energy and thinking is in the toilet…in fact do it now: 

  • Stand up if you are sitting
  • Squat like you are going to jump up.

Jump up and down 3 times and yell at the top of your lungs…I’m EXCITED, I’m EXCITED, I’m EXCITED!!

I’m not kidding.  Go on.  I’ll wait. 

See?  It is silly, obnoxious, and gets the blood moving.  An instant endorphin rush.  It is impossible to not smile during and after this ridiculousness.  Lesson?  Champions will do anything to ensure that they are ready to win.  Including looking a fool to get their head on right.  Michael Phelps face anyone?


You see this picture of me?  I was at a business conference in September.  This is the moment that the speaker said to the crowd…”Everyone take out your phone and take a selfie if you have decided to achieve everything you want to achieve”.  This is THAT moment.  When I see this picture I think I can and WILL do everything I am meant to do.  Period. Champion thinking.

Do you know why I had the courage to not only take the picture but to share it with you nice people?  Because I want you to realize that we ALL can have this moment.  If you will start, and do nothing more at first, than finding an uplifting podcast to listen to daily or a book to read just 10 pages of every day you will get this moment.  It is out there for each of us, I promise you.

As my friend Erin Clark has said, “to kick ass, you gotta lift your foot first.”  Go on, lift it up.  I believe in you!

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