Article Title: The Traits (Qualities) of a True Champion (from ‘The Winning Mind’, ‘The Winning Edge’ and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’)
Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): Success, Success Principles, Motivation, Inspiration, Sports Psychology, Sport, Mind, Mind Control, Positive Thinking, and Positive Psychology (enough there now, craig!)

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Submitter’s Note:

In his latest writings Craig writes about ordinary people in exceptional circumstances and times; he tries to show the extra-ordinary in ordinary lives: As revealed by the generous spirits and the exceptional strength and courage of so many ordinary people in their daily struggles along the sometimes very difficult and hard, yet often so satisfying journey that is called life. Craig is currently writing true stories of life in the Middle East. And as he writes, is posting (sharing) various thoughts and extracts on his new blog at http://craigsblogs.wordpress and
Enough of that (what’s that “intro” got to do with the subject of your article, craig?). So back to the article on sport… my great passion.

The follow extract is from Craig’s manuscripts on sport psychology ‘The Winning Mind’, ‘The Winning Edge’ and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘ (on which he’s presently “working”) . Craig is a sports fanatic “couch-pot-a-toe”, who has been studying the lives of champions for much of his life… and “what makes them tick, what presses their hot buttons?”. Here are some of his notes, that he’s sharing… (in point form) that I’ve made and collected over the years, so thought I’d share.


All winning takes place in the mind
True champions have the following characteristics:

* Total discipline

* Determination (great)

* Desperation, ie. an unshakable commitment to their goals (or cause).
“When I put on the helmet, it’s pure rage.”
New Zealand Indycar champion, Scott Dixon

* All champions have the great will to win

* An unshakable belief in their abilities.
True champions, like an Ayrton Senna, are able to find a new level (of performance) - when required, they have the ability to “dig deep” and find something very special inside themselves
* Resilience – it’s the ability to bounce back after setbacks.
“A champ is down at times, but he’s never out.”

* Patience and dedication.

* Consistency of performance

* An outstanding work ethic.
They work really hard at what they do, continually developing their skills. Elite sportspeople keep improving every year. Former multiple womens tennis champion, Martina Navritilova was only average on her early career, but improved hugely with dedication, effort and persistence.
Champions spend hours and hours of practice and rehearsal . (It has been said that it takes about 10000 hours of practice and rehearsal to be the best in the world??? I think it might have been Malcolm Gladwell who said that, but am not sure whether the statement is valid. What do you think?)

Everyone failure brings you one step closer to ultimate success.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
- basket-baller, Michael Jordan
You only fail, if you quit!

“Winners never quit...and quitters never win!”

The importance of preparation and practice:
England rugby player Johnny Wilkinson has prepared very well in his career with over 25000 kicks.
Pay more attention (focus) on your strengths than your weaknesses; because they, your strengths will set you apart from the competition. Lift you!
Champions rise to the occasion.

Elite athletes have a narrow focus
“Stay focussed, dedicated and motivated.”

- tennis star Novak Djkovic

* Great memory – for minute details. They remember well the precise factors, circumstances and conditions that led to their successes in the past. “A memory on how to move”, eg. Andre Agassi’s great return of serve.
“Super-stars” have a great sense of anticipation, which is learnt. And success (like failure) is a learnt habit.
Great attention to detail as evident in their professional planning the path to success.

* Also the ability to concentrate on many aspects at, managing their minds!


Three resolutions:

* self reliance

* self discipline

* self responsibility
True champions have:
* Talent (“It was as if I was floating on a cloud of endless possibilities…”)

Talent may appear to flow so effortlessly, but doesn’t take into consideration the thousands of effort and practice put in by an athlete

* Discipline

* Tenacity

* The “will to win” (“an indomitable will)
“Strength does not come from physical capacity; it comes from an indomitable will.”
- Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong)

* Integrity (you’re now just taking the first steps back on the road to rehabilitation and being “more human”, Tiger!)

* Desperation (a “cast iron” determination to work hard)

* Chrystal clear focus (single-mindedness)

* Consistency of performance (great)
“You look at Valentino Rossi, Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer – they back up year after year. I’m not getting too far ahead of myself, but the motivation will be similar.”
- the words of Jamie Whincup (back-to-back Australian Supercar champion)

And current All Black captain Richie McCaw delivers constant (and consistent) excellent displays of his rugby skills.

* Inspiration (they are inspired to regularly deliver elite performances)

* FUN, greatly enjoying what they do..
Discover, then celebrate the champion of life that is in YOU!

“If you can dream it, then you can do it!”
And have great fun along the magical journey of life...perhaps even floating on your own cloud of endless possibilities #

Shared by Craig Lock Eagle Productions (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

# that’s a metaphor, btw

“Life is measured not in years alone, but in achievement.”
- Bruce McLaren (New Zealand racing driver and founder of the McLaren motor racing marque, died 1970)

“To live your life in your own way
To reach the goals you’ve set for yourself
To be the person you want to be -
That is success.”
- author anon.

“There is one only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way”
- Christopher Morley

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
- Charles Du Bois

“I am not just a human being…
I am a human ‘bean’ just becoming.”
- My good friend and “wise” intellectual philosopher, Dr Andy Eastcott (thanks for fixing my teeth and for the most interesting discussions on life, “mate”)

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.”
- Harold Taylor

Most importantly, have FUN enjoying the life journey

” I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become.”
- James Allen

“No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you’re lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high.”
- Harriet Du Autermont

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift and encourage to reach their fullest potentials.”


“The peace of the brave is within our reach. We must keep reaching.”
– the words of former US President Bill Clinton in 1993 at the signing of the peace treaty between Israeli Premier Yatkik Rabin and the PLO’s Yassar Arafat on the lawn of the White House in 1993

See dad, the dream never died; it just took another course…
“Life is what happens in between making other plans”

- John Lennon

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) helping others to find their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE.

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