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As I’m writing this post, the Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time in 71 years, I think. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in something like 108 years. They are trying to become champions.
Side note: my grandfather is from Chicago, and I love the Cubs. I’m pulling for them big time to break the curse and win this year.
There is a difference between champions and everyone else. It is true in sport. It is true in business.
I want to be one of those champions. I’m convinced I have to learn to think differently to pull that off and be a top performer. If you are reading this blog, I’m betting you don’t want to be average.
Most weeks, I work out 4 days a week. I get up at 5 am and head to the gym. When I’m on a treadmill or an elliptical, I listen to podcasts and audio books. It’s my time to work my body and stimulate my mind.
I was recently listening to one of my favorite podcasts. Shawn Stevenson was interviewing Dr. Jeff Spencer. Dr. Spencer was an olympian who has dedicated his life to studying champions. There was a ton of great value in this podcast. What stood out to me was his differentiation between Human Nature and a Champion’s Nature.
Human Nature is driven to survive. A Champion’s Nature strives to excel. Human Nature is destine to repeat history. A Champion’s Nature will make history. Check this out.
I love that list. I wish I had written it myself.
The one that speaks to me most is #5. Will and talent aren’t enough – not if you want to make history. The question you should be asking yourself is what will you be facing soon? What are the major hurdles you know you will be facing. Will you have the discipline to prepare?