What Champions Read

Rick PitinoAdversity is a part of life we can’t escape. No matter who we are, where we live, how we think, or how we act, we all must face adversity at times.

Personal tragedies are the worst kind of adversity. Losing a job, a business, or a loved one is devastating. Some people never recover from such tragedies. They fall into a cycle of bitterness and hopelessness that never seems to subside.

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino suffered through what is probably the toughest type of personal tragedy anyone could ever go through: the loss of his young child.

Here’s how Pitino says he dealt with this tragedy and the advice he offers others who are dealing with adversities of their own… [click to continue…]

Jack NicklausThe winner of 18 major championships (along with 10 more on the Champions Tour), Jack Nicklaus is considered the greatest golfer of all time.

Off the course, Nicklaus is a champion as well. He runs a hugely-successful business, he raises millions for charity every year, and he’s a true family man with a 56-year marriage and five children who all remain close. In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here’s what this mega-achiever says is an important key to his success, both on and off the golf course…  [click to continue…]

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…]

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