Champions Are Different
We usually see the championship, the end result, the final raising of the trophy. But no team or individual gets to that moment by accident. To even have the chance to raise that trophy or see any recognition from the outside, they have to prepare like champions each day. It’s not about trying to win championships, it about living like a champion. So how do we live like champions?
Champions do the little things, always. They act a certain way in class. They treat their parents and coaches and teammates a certain way. They do what is best for others, they step up and serve. They don’t take shortcuts in other areas of their life and then expect to excel on the court/field.
Champions learn from mistakes. They aren’t perfect, but they are accountable. They see failure as an important part of their growth.
Champions focus on the moment. Nick Saban, Alabama’s football coach, said, “Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship. Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you need to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.” Champions understand it’s only what is right in front of me that is most important at this moment.
Champions crave the hard work. They push past what is required. They keep the lights on late to do a little extra. Their standards are too high to settle. They go all out.
Champions are different.
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