What Champions Read

Nick SabanNick Saban has now won six college football National Championships. That ties him with Bear Bryant for the most national titles in the poll era of college football.

Every single player Saban has recruited in his 11 years at Alabama has won a National Championship. That’s unreal. By any objective measure, Nick Saban has established himself as the most successful coach in modern college football history.

While Saban’s extraordinary success can be attributed to many factors—such as his commitment to the processhis approach to positive thinking, and his relentless work ethic—one of the often-overlooked keys to the championship culture Saban has built is the “no retreat” mindset he has instilled in his players… [click to continue…]

Lon KrugerWe all want to achieve our goals as quickly as possible. It’s human nature. When we want something, we want it sooner and not later.

Of course, big goals usually require a long-term commitment and that requires patience.

How do you keep your eyes on the ultimate prize when it still seems so far away? How do you stay motivated for the long-term when facing short-term setbacks and obstacles you wish you had already overcome?

Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger offers this powerful advice…  [click to continue…]

Jim ValvanoThe following includes an excerpt from my new book, Life to the Fullest: A Story About Finding Your Purpose and Following Your Heart

Jim Valvano once said, “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”

I love this quote for two reasons.

First, it’s a reminder that tomorrow is promised to no one and we must enjoy the present moment; we must make the most out of every day.

Secondly, it forces one to define exactly what it means to “make the most” out of life. It forces us all to ask ourselves, “What do I want out of life? What are the most important things to me? What does living life to the fullest look like to me?

As we begin a new year and set new goals for the months ahead, it’s a great time to do some self-evaluation and ask yourself three important questions. [click to continue…]

Nick SabanThe following includes an excerpt from my new book, Life to the Fullest: A Story About Finding Your Purpose and Following Your Heart

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

“Don’t chase the money, follow your heart.”

“Find your unique purpose; that’s where you’ll find happiness and success.”

At some point in our lives, we’ve all heard variations of these phrases. They’re often repeated by speakers at graduation ceremonies or motivational seminars.

Highly-successful people from all walks of life echo these words often. They inspire us to chase our biggest dreams. They encourage us to examine our souls and ask ourselves, “What was I truly born to do?

We’re told that if we just find the answer to that question, everything else will fall into place and life will be a lot more fulfilling for us. [click to continue…]

LIFE TO THE FULLEST by Darrin DonnellyI’m excited to announce that just in time for Christmas, the latest book in the Sports for the Soul series is here!

LIFE TO THE FULLEST is a book that tackles two of life’s most important questions: how do you find your unique purpose in life and is it safe to follow that purpose once you find it?

The world’s happiest and most successful people tell us it’s ESSENTIAL that we find our true purpose in life. But it’s not always easy to figure out exactly what your purpose is.

How do you find your purpose? And, once you find it, how can you be sure that it’s “safe” to follow that path in life? This book answers these two life-changing questions.

Written as an inspirational fable in the style of previous Sports for the Soul books, Life to the Fullest reveals a simple five-step process for finding your purpose while also dealing with the questions we all have about whether it’s “safe” to follow the dreams in our hearts. [click to continue…]

Steve KerrBefore he was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors—winning two NBA championships in his first three seasons—Steve Kerr was an undersized NBA player who won five NBA titles—three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs.

His lack of size and athleticism caused Steve Kerr to struggle with fear of failure as a player. However, he developed a specific mental technique to raise his confidence and overcome his fears and doubts… [click to continue…]

Bob Knight

Pretty much everything I write about on this site and in my books is focused on building mental toughness. That’s because the older I get and the more studies I read, the more convinced I am that your success and happiness in life is ultimately determined by how mentally tough you are.

The value of mental toughness can best be summed up by legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight, who once said: “Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”

That’s how important it is to be mentally tough.

But what exactly is “mental toughness”?

Here’s how I would explain the concept of mental toughness:

EVERYTHING follows your mindset. And mental toughness is the ability to make your mindset work FOR you instead of against you.

Most people have no idea how much their own mindset is working against them.

This data from Pat Williams, the senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, shows us just how important it is to win the battle within our minds…

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