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Saturday, September 28, 2013


                                       For what is the best choice, for each individual,
                                        is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.

Champions are born and champions are made. One definition of a champion is someone who shows marked superiority. Another definition is someone who is a winner of first prize or first place in competition. We've all heard of Olympic champion champions,and we've probably all see their amazing ability is the amount of training they have endured, the sacrifices they've made, and the courage they've had to have to get where they are. Those are some of the attributes of a champion.

They also wanted to achieve something special. Ordinary wouldn't be enough for someone who has  the mindset of a champion. Champions think big. Champions work in a big-time way. Champions are focused. Champions are disciplined. Come to think of it, champions think like champions. As Jack Dempsey said, "A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." Let's hope that applies to you.

When  I'm having an especially tough day, I often think it's like a race and  I 'd better have the endurance to get through it. Somehow the endurance will surface, because I don't want to wind up feeling beaten. Billie Jean King said, "Champions take responsibility. When the ball coming over the net, you can be sure I want the ball." I understand what she was talking about, because I'm the same way in the respect.

I  have a box at the U.S Open every year because I love to watch those champions go at it. You can learn a lot from watching the experts, whether you're interested in sports, the arts, or whatever. One thing they have in common is the same mind set: They want to win, they want to be the best. Not the runner up, but the best. that's a very important thing to consider. I've seen very talented people fail because deep down  I think they were afraid of winning. Winning comes with a responsibility. Champions rise to that responsibility. Search yourself carefully to make sure you're ready and capable. If you're not, do something about it. It's an important element of success.

Most of you know that I'm a golfer. I've always said that golf is a brain game, which it is, but it is a demanding sport technically and is a game of finesse. You cannot play golf halfhearted  and expect to get anywhere with your  game. You have to concentrate  and you have to have patience. As the legendary golfer Bobby Jones said, "It is nothing new or original today that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many years to realize it." We win in our daily lives by being careful  with every day, by having a champion's view of each moment.

Let's take a look at Aristotle's quote at the begging of this essay. That is self-scrutiny at its highest. It really is the best choice to go for the highest achievement possible. Why set goals too low? Did you ever hear a child saying they want to be nothing when they grow up? They are full of dreams and plans, and rarely are they mediocre aspirations. They want to be presidents, doctors, astronauts, scientists so on. They're on the right track and have the right mindset. If you need  to, bring yourself  back to when you had high achievement as a goal. Not everyone can be the world champion at something, but you can strive to be the best you can be. Thea's the first step-and a daily responsibility.

Champions go extra mile. We all know when we've done just enough and when we've really exerted ourselves. Make an effort to exert yourself - everyday. Don't  fail because you never allowed yourself  to get started! Don't  avoid success because you think the responsibility might too much-just focus  and get going! You'd be surprised at what intelligent effort can produce. Alexander Graham Bell said something that I always  remember: "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." Pay attention to these things and you will be on your way to thinking like a champion- and becoming one.

Trump,D.J. (2009). "Think like a champion". New York City. Vanguard Press.