What Champions Read

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali once said, “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

Numerous studies over the years confirm that Ali was right. Affirmations change the way we think about ourselves and the world around us. When we change the way we think, it changes the type of results we’re able to achieve.

When used correctly, affirmations can make the difference in whether you succeed or fail at the long-term goals that are important to you. They can also make an instant difference in whether you feel good or bad about yourself in the present moment.

But what is the correct way to use affirmations? Renowned sports psychologist Jim Afremow offers the following crucial advice on how to use affirmations… [click to continue…]

Emmitt SmithThe ancient Greeks believed that to achieve true fulfillment, one had to constantly work to improve himself mentally, physically, and spiritually. Today, it could be argued that the sports world is the last place where all three of these success components are so unapologetically intertwined.

While it’s become politically incorrect to talk about the spiritual side of success in most modern institutions, you’ll find that achievers in the sports world have no problem openly promoting the important role that spirituality plays in their success.

I believe this is because the sports world is so driven by results that achievers promote what works, regardless of whether it’s considered politically correct or popular. If it works, they use it. If it doesn’t work, they don’t. Period.

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith talks openly about the role that his spiritual faith plays in his accomplishments. In the following passage, Smith reveals the crucial role he believes God has in whether our biggest dreams will come true… [click to continue…]

John WoodenIf you want to take goal-setting and self-talk to a whole new level, you need to start making promises to yourself. A promise to yourself should be viewed as an ironclad contract that you MUST follow through on.

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden recommended the following nine promises that should be made by anyone seeking happiness… [click to continue…]

Free Yourself from Fear

Augie GarridoYou’ll never become the person you were meant to be if you let fear be the motivating force behind your thoughts and actions.

Fear is a powerful motivator; there’s no question about that. But more often than not, making decisions based on fear instead of faith, confidence, and passion will lead you down a dark path where your true dreams never come true.

Augie Garrido, the winningest baseball coach in NCAA Division I history, offers this eye-opening advice on the importance of eliminating fear… [click to continue…]

Four Rules Every Man Should Follow

Notre Dame Football Locker Room SignThis message is short and to-the-point.

NOTHING you accomplish means anything if you’re not an honorable person. Regardless of how much money you make, how many games you win, or what the outside world may say about you, you’ll always be a loser if you fail to live up to basic character values.

How does a person of integrity act? At the minimum, he follows the four “Irish Commandments” Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly has hung up on the team’s locker room wall… [click to continue…]

Tony Dungy on the Power of Positive Thinking

Tony DungyWe hear so much about the power of positive thinking that it’s easy to sometimes blow it off or roll our eyes at the concept. And it’s true, some well-meaning people get so excited about the benefits of positive thinking that they make it sound like the be-all, end-all solution for every problem—they forget that relentless positive ACTION and hard work is also required to make dreams happen.

But the fact is, positive thinking IS a crucial component of the “warrior mindset” required for success.

And positive thinking isn’t “easy.” It requires discipline and commitment to develop a positive, can-do mindset.

Tony Dungy is one of only three people ever to win a Super Bowl both as a player and as a head coach. Here’s his advice regarding the power of positive thinking… [click to continue…]

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