5 Ways to Think Like a Champion

champion 2I meet and learn from Champions every day. Not just in locker rooms but in classrooms, hospitals, homeless shelters, homes and office buildings. I’ve learned that to be a champion you must Think Like a Champion. Champions think differently than everyone else. They approach their life and work with a different mindset and belief system that separates them from the pack.
1. Champions Expect to Win – When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. In fact they are surprised when they don’t win. They expect success and their positive beliefs often lead to positive actions and outcomes. They win in their mind first and then they win in the hearts and minds of their customers, students or fans.

2. Champions Celebrate the Small Wins – By celebrating the small wins champions gain the confidence to go after the big wins. Big wins and big success happen through the accumulation of many small victories. This doesn’t mean champions become complacent. Rather, with the right kind of celebration and reinforcement, champions work harder, practice more and believe they can do greater things.

3. Champions Don’t Make Excuses When They Don’t Win – They don’t focus on the faults of others. They focus on what they can do better. They see their mistakes and defeats as opportunities for growth. As a result they become stronger, wiser and better.

4. Champions Focus on What They Get To Do, Not What They Have To Do – They see their life and work as a gift not an obligation. They know that if they want to achieve a certain outcome they must commit to and appreciate the process. They may not love every minute of their journey but their attitude and will helps them develop their skill.

5. Champions Believe They Will Experience More Wins in the Future – Their faith is greater than their fear. Their positive energy is greater than the chorus of negativity. Their certainty is greater than all the doubt. Their passion and purpose are greater than their challenges. In spite of their situation champions believe their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.

If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a champion, think again. Champions aren’t born. They are shaped and moulded. And as iron sharpens iron you can develop your mindset and the mindset of your team with the right thinking, beliefs and expectations that lead to powerful actions.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon

My 20 Best Quotes for Epic Achievement

1. Dream Big. Start small. Act now.

2. Victims make excuses. Leaders deliver results.

3. Clarity breeds mastery.

4. Education is inoculation against disruption.

5. A problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem.

6. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

7. If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much.

8. Where victims see adversity, extreme achievers see opportunity.

9. The project you are most resisting carries your greatest growth.

10. Small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.

11. Criticism is the price of ambition.

12. Potential unexpressed turns to pain.

13. Ordinary people love entertainment. Extraordinary people adore education.

14. Your daily behaviour reveals your deepest beliefs.

15. The only failure is not trying.

16. Focus is more valuable than IQ.

17. To double your income, triple your investment in self-development.

18. Your excuses are nothing more than the lies your fears have sold you.

19. An addiction to distraction is the end of your creative production.

20. Life is short. Be of use.

Reproduced with kind permission from Robin Sharma

The Seasons of Life

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Fall is the time to harvest the fruits of our springtime labour. It also presents us with a major lesson to learn in life, which is to learn how to reap in the fall without apology if you have done well and without complaint if you have not.  

Nothing is more exciting than a bounteous crop, and nothing is more dreadful than a barren field in the fall. We must remember that in all areas of the human existence, what we put into this world, we get back from it. It is nature’s way of evening the score. So regardless of the results, take full responsibility for your crop. One of the highest forms of human maturity is accepting full responsibility for our lives. 

We must remember that life is constantly recycling itself. Much of life is about the balancing of two opposites, like the positive and negative charge on a battery. Life’s balancing of opposites totally surrounds our lives: man/woman, day/night, good/evil, life/death, water/land, summer/winter, recession/expansion, joy/sorrow, etc. 

Yes, I believe we will have major changes, but I also believe we will continue to have just one winter, spring, summer and fall each year. Much of our success will lie in our ability and philosophy to plant in the springtime of opportunity, to weed and cultivate in the testing time of summer, to harvest without apology and/or complaint in the results time of fall and to get stronger, wiser, better in the transition and learning times of winter. 

Remember it is not what happens to you that determines your future; it is what you do about it. 

So here’s to a great and prosperous upcoming year. 

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn

Simplify Then Focus

Henry David Thoreau shouted “Simplify. Simplify. Simplify” in his breathtakingly good book “Walden”. Nice point. One of the primary reasons that people and organizations fail to get to greatness is that they try to be too many things to too many people. I’ll use the Confucius quote I often use here: “Man who chases two rabbits catches neither.”

​The most successful human beings are wildly focused. They have a very clear picture of what it is they want to create by the time they reach the end of their lives and then they have the discipline (and courage) to stick to their knitting – saying “no” to everything that is not mission critical.

​So my gentle suggestion to you is to simplify your life. Strip away all that is unimportant – these are the things keeping you from getting to your dreams. And then once you do your clean up, focus, focus, focus. You’ll be surprised how good you will then get at being great.

Reproduced with kind permission from Robin Sharma

Sea Turtles…and Distractions that Lead Us in the Wrong Direction

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As I walked on the beach the other day I noticed that certain areas were closed off by fences and signs that said “Sea Turtle Eggs.”

I remembered reading that female sea turtles swim to shore between May and August to dig nests in the sand and lay their eggs. Months later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles follow the pure light of the moon back to the surf.

In a perfect world, the pure light of the moon guides every turtle back safely to the ocean. However, as we know, we don’t live in a perfect world.


Sea Turtle hatchlings instinctively crawl toward the brightest light. On an undeveloped beach, the brightest light is the moon. On a developed beach, the brightest light can be an artificial light source emanating from restaurants, homes and condominiums along the coast.


Unfortunately, these powerful artificial sources of light often attract the hatchlings and cause them to move in the wrong direction when they are born.


Rather than follow the pure light of the moon to the ocean the sea turtles follow the wrong light to a disastrous outcome.


It occurred to me that we humans face a similar challenge.


Rather than follow the path we were meant to follow, unfortunately we too often are distracted by things that move us in the wrong direction.


Technology, online games, too much time on Facebook, bad habits, addictions, stress, busyness and meaningless distractions lead us astray.


Instead of following the pure light of perfection we allow bright and shiny artificial things to sabotage our journey.

So, what about you?

Are you following your priorities and pure light to the right destination or are you allowing artificial distractions to lead you in the wrong direction?


Are you following the path you were meant to follow or are you letting meaningless things keep you from being your best?


The great news is that unlike sea turtles we have the ability to think, adapt and change direction when we realize we are following the wrong path.


We can tune out the distractions and focus on our priorities and let the pure light lead us to an ocean of possibilities and a great future!


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Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon

Another 20 Rules to Lead the Field

  1. If you’re not lifting people up you’re bringing people down.
  2. Leadership has less to do with authority and more to do with a mindset.
  3. Where the victim sees a problem a leader sees an opportunity.
  4. Don’t wait until you’re successful to work on your optimism. Work on your optimism and you’ll become a lot more successful.
  5. Be alone a lot. All massively creative people value solitude. It allows them to protect their dreams from the voices of dissent, refuel their creativity and get far more done–free from distraction.
  6. Small daily micro-wins when done continually over time lead to staggering results.
  7. Genius has less to do with natural talent and divinely blessed gifts and more to do with relentless focus (to the point of obsession), extreme practice and uncommon grit.
  8. Disrupt or be disrupted.
  9. Be the most honest person in every room.
  10. Remember that people don’t leave companies. They leave the people they worked for.
  11. Saying you’ll “try” is expressing “I’m not really committed.”
  12. The secret of passion is purpose. As I shared years ago in Leadership Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, when you know your why, the hows just start showing up.
  13. If you’re the smartest person you know it’s time to know new people.
  14. Out learning everyone around you is a game-changer. The best love learning. Because once you know more you can achieve more.
  15. To make more money, help more people.
  16. Leaders Without Titles talk about ideas versus people and dreams versus others.
  17. Eat less food, get more done.
  18. The way you begin your day determines how you live it. So put mind over mattress. Win the battle of the bed. And join The 5 am Club (another total game-changer).
  19. Develop an obsessive attention to detail. World-class user experiences are all about winning at the small stuff everyone else doesn’t care about.
  20. Even if you clean toilets, do it with pride and love. This summer I met a man who cleans toilets at the Johannesburg airport. He beamed “welcome to my office” as I entered. The place was flawless. His passion was palpable. That man is my hero. And he reminded me that all work has dignity and honour.
Reproduced with kind permission of Robin Sharma Author of ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’

20 Rules to Lead the Field

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These Rules are drawn from my over 18 years of passionate work with the Fortune 500 and from The Leader Who Had No Title.

1. To lead is to serve.

2. At the heart of mastery lives consistency.

3. Take care of the relationship and the money will take care of itself.

4. The seduction of safety is always more dangerous than the illusion of uncertainty.

5. To double your income triple your investment in your professional education and your personal development.

6. The swiftest way to grow your company is to grow your people.

7. If you’re not leaving a trail of leaders behind you you’re not leading–you’re following.

8. An addiction to distraction is the end of creative production.

9. The caliber of your practice determines the quality of your performance.

10. Leaders Without Titles are less about ego and more about getting things done.

11. Don’t worry about the economy when you can be so genius at what you do that you create your very own personal economy.

12. Lead where you are planted. Start where you stand. And remember that much of winning is just beginning.

13. The true measure of our leadership is how we perform in volatile conditions versus in times of ease.

14. To lead is to be yourself in a world of clones.

15. Aim for iconic. Why be in it if you’re not dreaming of being in the history books? But be kind, decent and ethical along the way.

16. The humblest is the greatest.

17. Energy is more valuable than intelligence. Health is more brilliant than gold.

18. The thing you most fear carries your greatest growth.

19. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

  1. Criticism is the price brave people pay to arrive at iconic.

LOOK OUT FOR MORE NEXT WEEK!

Reproduced with kind permission of Robin Sharma Author of ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’

Start Reaping the Rewards of a Disciplined Life

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The Law of Sowing and Reaping suggests that we’ll all reap what we’ve sown, but it also suggests that we’ll reap much more. Life is full of laws that both govern and explain behaviors, but this may well be the major law we need to understand: For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards.

Everything of value requires care, attention and discipline. Our thoughts require discipline. We must consistently determine our inner boundaries and our codes of conduct, or our thoughts will be confused. And if our thoughts are confused, we will become hopelessly lost in the maze of life. Confused thoughts produce confused results.

For each discipline, multiple rewards. For each book, new knowledge. For each success, new ambition. For each challenge, new understanding. For each failure, new determination. Life is like that. Even the bad experiences of life provide their own special contribution. But a word of caution here for those who neglect the need for care and attention to life’s disciplines: Everything has its price. Everything affects everything else. Neglect discipline, and there will be a price to pay. All things of value can be taken for granted with the passing of time.

That’s what we call the Law of Familiarity. Without the discipline of paying constant, daily attention, we take things for granted. Be serious. Life’s not a practice session.

If you’re often inclined to toss your clothes onto the chair rather than hanging them in the closet, be careful. It could suggest a lack of discipline. And remember, a lack of discipline in the small areas of life can cost you heavily in the more important areas of life. You cannot clean up your company until you learn the discipline of cleaning your own garage. You cannot be impatient with your children and be patient with your distributors or your employees. You cannot inspire others to sell more when that goal is inconsistent with your own conduct.

Your life, my life, the life of each one of us is going to serve as either a warning or an example. A warning of the consequences of neglect, self-pity, lack of direction and ambition… or an example of talent put to use, of discipline self-imposed and of objectives clearly perceived and intensely pursued.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn

15 Ways to Get Inspired

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  1. Do work that pushes you to your edges.
  2. Waste zero time on the past.
  3. Focus on being masterful at one thing versus mediocre at many things.
  4. Celebrate how far you’ve come versus the distance still to go.
  5. Accept the project you fear the most.
  6. Leave an inspirational quote on a stranger’s wind-shield.
  7. Wow a customer.
  8. Install a new habit.
  9. Remember that the mother of genius is simplicity.
  10. Know that the thing that is easiest to do is rarely the thing that is best to do.
  11. Speak less and listen better.
  12. Record your ideal day in your journal.
  13. Forgive someone.
  14. Don’t confuse money with meaning nor income with impact.
  15. Spend the first 20 minutes of your day in exercise (it seriously optimizes brain and personal performance).
Reproduced with kind permission from Robin Sharma

Moving from Procrastination to Pro-activation

Here are some ideas to help make you a victor over change rather than a victim of change:

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  1. Memorize and repeat this motto: “Action TNT: Today, not Tomorrow.”
    Handle each piece of incoming mail only once. Answer your e-mail either early in the morning or after working hours. Block out specific times to initiate phone calls, take incoming calls, and to meet people in person. 2. When people tell you their problems, give solution-oriented feedback. Rather than taking on the problem as your own assignment, first, ask what’s the next step they plan to take, or what they would like to see happen.

    3. Finish what you start. Concentrate all your energy and intensity, without distraction, on successfully completing your current major project.

    4. Be constructively helpful instead of unhelpfully critical. Single out someone or something to praise instead of participating in group griping, grudge collecting or pity parties.

    5. Limit your television viewing or Internet surfing to mostly educational or otherwise enlightening programs. Watch no more than one hour of television per day or night, unless there is a special program you have been anticipating. The Internet has also become a great procrastinator’s hideout for tension-relieving instead of goal-achieving activities.

    6. Make a list of five necessary but unpleasant projects you’ve been putting off, with a completion date for each project. Immediate action on unpleasant projects reduces stress and tension. It is very difficult to be active and depressed at the same time.

    7. Seek out and converse with a successful role model and mentor.
    Learning from others’ successes and setbacks will inevitably improve production of any kind. Truly listen; really find out how your role models do it right.

    8. Understand that fear, as an acronym, is False Evidence Appearing Real, and that luck could mean Labouring Under Correct Knowledge. The more information you have on any subject—especially case histories—the less likely you’ll be to put off your decisions.

    9. Accept problems as inevitable offshoots of change and progress. With the ever more rapid pace of change in society and business, you’ll be overwhelmed unless you view change as normal and learn to look for its positive aspects—such as new opportunities and improvements—rather than bemoan the negative.

    Reproduced with the kind permission of Denis Waitley.  Denis has studied and counseled leaders in every field from Apollo astronauts to Fortune 500 top executives, from Olympic gold medalistsAC to Super Bowl champions.