Think Like an Elite Champion

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Think Like an Elite Champion

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said... 

“Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” 

Most everyone is dedicated to their diet and training. But what separates the average athlete from an elite champion is their mindset, beliefs, and attitude.

To become an elite champion, no matter what your goal, you must dedicate yourself to thinking like an elite champion. 

When a champion becomes a champion

Can you only think of yourself as a champion when you become one? Absolutely not.

So when do you become a champion?

Is it when you’re the biggest guy in the gym? When you win your first bodybuilding show? When you’ve been undefeated five, eight, or ten times in a row?

The truth is, you become a champion when you say you’re a champion.

Because when you call yourself a champion, guess what happens? You start to ACT like a champion.

And this simple shift in mindset does many things for you.

From thinking to believing

When you call yourself a champion, you unlock something inside of you that you didn’t know existed before.

First, your confidence soars. Even if you’re already a confident person. The more you call yourself a champion, the more you begin to believe it. 

And it is this level of confidence that gives champions the ability to actually believe in their ability to achieve their goal.

Second, when you call yourself a champion, you raise the bar for yourself.  

And so, your training takes on new purpose, which causes you to train harder and smarter.

Third, you tear down your mental roadblocks.

Motivational speaker Jordan Belfort, who’s brokerage firm served as the inspiration for the 2000 film Boiler Room, once said...

“The only thing standing between you and your goals is the BS story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. 

When you see yourself as a champion, you start calling yourself out on your own BS. And this frees your mind to start upping the stakes for yourself.

As a result, personal growth takes a massive leap forward. 

Arnold never believed in failing. When he first immigrated to America, he would say things like, “One day, they'll be talking about me the same way they do about Steve Reeves.”

With the mindset of an elite champion, the rest became history. Nobody can deny the massive leaps in personal growth and success Arnold has had by simply believing himself to be a champion. 

So what are you?