5. PLAYING NOT TO LOSE – “I better perform or I’ll be in trouble.”
4. PLAYING TO CRUISE – “As long as I continue to perform I can cruise.”
3. PLAYING TO IMPROVE – “Maybe I can accomplish more than I thought. Maybe I’m better than I think I am.”
2. PLAYING TO COMPETE – “I think I can be the best.”
1. PLAYING TO WIN – “I cannot fail, I can only learn and grow. The only person I’m competing with is myself. I no longer feel fear because it’s impossible for me to lose.
I feel so grateful just to have an opportunity to be the best I can be. I see my performance as the primary catalyst of my self actualization. I don’t have to be who I’ve always been. I learn and I grow and that’s how I win.”
Average performers live their lives in first gear, resisting change and avoiding risk. Many have the same talent and opportunity as the world class, yet choose to play it safe and avoid the pain of failure and the agony of temporary defeat.
With their potential in front of them and their fear behind them, champions are able to move beyond the boundaries of competition and create what the masses believe is impossible.
Steve Siebold, 177 Mental toughness Secrets of the World Class