3 Powerful Phrases to Remodel Your Athletic Mindset

If you can dare to be a bit different, embrace challenge and stay disciplined, you'll soon find there is less competition at the top.

As you continue to become a better athlete and a better you, the mindset you cultivate is critical to your success.

When your mindset is in the right place, our skills will align with our aspirations much quicker. Not quickly, mind you, but quicker. Remembering and repeating these three powerful phrases can help you remodel your mindset for the better.

1. To Become Better Is to be Different Than Before

The routine usually goes like this with the audience. "Raise your hand if you like change." Few, if any, hands go up. "Now, raise your hand if you want to get better?" All hands go up.

To enjoy the status quo and atmosphere of average is to marinate in the mundane. When you are striving to be great, your path passes failure, mistakes and losses behind, knowing they are simply landmarks toward progress. Without those landmarks, we may get further off our path. There's an old saying that a traveler isn't the same person from one destination to another. Like the traveler, as we make progress we slowly evolve into a different person. What also is true about the traveler is that one person's path is not necessarily yours. Your journey will be different. And if you want to be great, you'll have to do things differently than those before you.

2. Change Will Require Challenge

The old cliche that "you can't spell challenge without change" is key to this truth. It is the challenges in life that change us. However, we are often fooled by our initial resistance into thinking the greatest challenge lies in the beginning. That is, if we can avoid failure early on, we should easily reach success. The reality is more in line with this graphic:

The further along you get in your path to success, the more important your determination and persistence become. Although conquering initial resistance and early shortcomings takes effort, it's far from the only challenge you'll face during your journey. And that continued challenge can help you change for the better.

3. Discipline Accelerates Change

No matter the advancements in the world around us, consistent discipline is the shortest route to success.

Again examining the above illustration, the line does not get wavy and misdirected when it reaches failure, but instead continues straight on through. Trusting your process and being disciplined is your shortcut. Don't allow circumstances and disappointment to steer your vision off course. You must keep your vision of your success alive and allow your vision to drive your circumstances. Not everyone will share your vision. That's OK. Someone once told me that there will always be more people at the finish line, so don't allow distractions to take you off course. We often have to gain ground on our vision before anyone else will see it. Consistent discipline is the driver forward.

If you can dare to be a bit different, embrace challenge and stay disciplined, you'll soon find there is less competition at the top. It is the mountain of average where the masses are.

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Topics: MOTIVATION | MENTAL TOUGHNESS | MENTAL FOCUS | GOAL SETTING