Time and time again I am presented with what it requires to be a WINNER, a CHAMPION. Is it a physical attribute, a mental attribute or a bit of both. None can deny that a stronger physical athlete or an individual will be better at their given game or life in general. But is those athletes who win against the odds or those that get knocked down and are willing to get up again and again and again that catch our eyes. Winner and Champions come through high level of dedication, determination, perseverance and an extremely strong work ethic.
The difference between winning and losing, ultimately comes down to who delivers on the day. Who is willing to sacrifice. Who is willing to go that extra mile. Who is willing to get up. In a game like Rugby, American Football, Football, MMA, and even Endurance events, all competitors by in large are equally as strong, fast, as each other.
So surely, ‘focus’, ‘tunnel vision’ and ‘visualise yourself winning’ are part of any successful athlete’s rhetoric and the difference.
“Down, but not out” – “Tomorrow is another day, and there will be another battle.”
Equally important is the ability to deal with set-backs, returning stronger, more determined to succeed, and even better prepared for the next available opportunity. You can put in all the effort and all the hours, but it is no guarantee that you will win. A lot of others are also putting in all the hours and all the effort too. To succeed at the highest level in the face of skilled and motivated competition, the right tactics are key to separating winners from losers amongst competitors who appear, on past performance, to be very evenly matched.
The right tactics involve a relentless attention to detail in honing your core strengths, focusing on what you are good at, and creating a bullet proof mindset.
Every individual is part of a team whether its a solo sport or a team sport. Be sure to surround yourself with those right individuals who can support you to develop your full potential.
The difference between you and someone else needs to be YOUR MENTAL TOUGHNESS. YOUR WILLINGNESS TO GET UP AND GET GOING.
“I don’t know what to say, really. Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives. All comes down to today, and either, we heal as a team, or we’re gonna crumble. Inch by inch, play by play. Until we’re finished. We’re in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And, we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell… one inch at a time. Now I can’t do it for ya, I’m too old. I look around, I see these young faces and I think, I mean, I’ve made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I, uh, I’ve pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who’s ever loved me. And lately, I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror. You know, when you get old, in life, things get taken from you. I mean, that’s… that’s… that’s a part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losin’ stuff. You find out life’s this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game – life or football – the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don’t quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that’s gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying! I’ll tell you this, in any fight it’s the guy whose willing to die whose gonna win that inch. And I know, if I’m gonna have any life anymore it’s because I’m still willing to fight and die for that inch, because that’s what living is, the six inches in front of your face. Now I can’t make you do it. You’ve got to look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now I think ya going to see a guy who will go that inch with you. Your gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team, because he knows when it comes down to it your gonna do the same for him. That’s a team, gentlemen, and either, we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals. That’s football guys, that’s all it is. Now, what are you gonna do? ” Tony D’Amato – Any Given Sunday