Mental Mechanics: What Makes a Champion?


What makes champions?

Their ability to thrive

In adversity. 


Those we consider champions are the ones that reach their respective pinnacles. It could be standing on the center podium at the Olympics, hoisting a belt overhead in the center of the ring, or a trophy on the field. 

I have had the good fortune of working with champions in multiple areas of life, from World Champions to Heavyweight Champions, to award-winning performers. 

Many factors lead to this level of success. 

If you look back at some of the greatest champions in history, you will see that they most likely managed some type of life adversity. They found a struggle as part of their journey and were able to manage it. They used the lessons learned to create better versions of themselves. 

This ability led to their ultimate success. 

Adversity doesn’t have to be a showstopper. It can simply be a chance to regroup, reprioritize, and recommit to our pursuits. Adversity is a needed element of life.

I like to look to nature for many life lessons. A tree needs certain adversities to grow strong. It extends its root system to search for water, as well as to brace against the wind. If this were not the case, the roots would not grow long and deep into the earth, and the tree would topple over. 

Today, look at an adversity that you are currently facing. How can you use the lessons in it to become a better version of yourself? 

This is YOUR life. You choose what to do with each experience, the good and the bad.

Choose to be better and keep moving forward.