By definition, a Champion is “a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports”. While there are many analogies in describing a Champion, but they all share similar traits. Some of these traits tend to be under-rated as they may not be considered glamorous enough to news-worthy. Here are 8 under-rated traits that can be considered the “secret sauce” in becoming a Champion.
Many may think that becoming a Champion means having the hunger to win. Whilst that it true, it also requires a great degree of patience. This patience comes in the form of working your way to becoming the best in your field and striking when the time is right.
Champions are tenacious people. They persist through problems and obstacles. The word “quit” do not exist in their vocabulary. Instead, they view each challenge as just another hurdle in their journey to become a Champion.
3) Embracing Failure as part of the Journey
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan was right in saying so as to become the best, you would need to miss a lot of attempts and improve on your weaknesses.
4) Focuses on being a Team Player
Champions realize that it is a team effort in helping him/her to become one. From your mentors, to trainers and even to your support team, everyone is pulling together so that you can become a Champion. And this is why a real Champion knows that he/she didn’t rise to the top on their own. Instead, it was truly a team effort.
5) Laser-Like Focus
Focus is crucial. It allows you to concentrate all your efforts in achieving a particular outcome. Since Champions are always outcome-based, they possess laser-like focus and stop at nothing to achieve their goal.
6) Unbreakable Habits
Habits are basically a set of pattern that a person integrates into their lives. Be it to wake up at 4am to train or walk 10km to class or stick to a rigid diet, all Champions have habits that they deem as unbreakable.
7) Mind Over Body
If you have ever exercised, you would know that your body will feel sore and you will start to rationalize to stop exercising. However, numerous instances in life has shown us that the mind is a lethal tool. It can even cure a sick person when medical doctors have given up hope. Hence, Champions work on developing a strong Mind over Body connection to get them through the tough times.
8) A Beginner Mindset
“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” Champions possess this mentality whereby they view themselves as a beginner and work hard to master all the skills needed to become the best in their class.