Behind the Bench, September 22 – Junior Hockey News



Michael Léonard September 4, 2018

If you want to become a champion in any field, you have to have the right mindset to be successful. Dr. Bob Rotella, “America’s First Sports Psychologist” speaks in detail about the champion’s mindset in NYT’s bestselling book, How Champions Think: In Sport and Life.

Dr. Bob Rotella has had the privilege of working with elite athletes and executives around the world for decades. The more he worked with elite individuals, the more he realized how much they had in common.

Use these five main lessons to learn how champions think and start creating the life you really want;

1. Build your self-image | How champions think

As Dr. Maxwell Maltz said in his epic personal development book, Psycho-Cybernetics, “Self-image is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self-image and you change the personality and behavior.

Dr. Bob Rotella agrees and speaks at length about the importance of building a positive self-image. To be a champion, you need to create the image of a winner before it actually shows up in your life. You also can’t expect this to happen overnight.

To build a self-image, you must first identify who you want to become. Then adopt and practice the habits and rituals of that person. Make a plan each day to get a little closer to your future self.

The more promises you keep for yourself, the more you will build your self-image and ultimately your self-respect over time.

2. Channeling a Growth Mindset | How champions think

Success at extraordinary levels is impossible with a fixed mindset. To be a true champion in life, you need to adopt a growth mindset. You have to believe that you can overcome anything, learn the skills, and produce the results you want.

When you channel a growth mindset, you can embrace the two qualities, according to Dr. Bob, needed to become a champion: optimism and confidence.

3. Trust the process | How champions think

Champions understand that success is not a straight line. They set a goal, make a plan and trust the process.

When things go wrong, they don’t have shiny object syndrome. Instead, they stay committed to the plan and the process.

As Eric Thomas aka “ET The Hip Hop Preacher” put it, “Trust the process, don’t rush the process.”

4. Fail your path to success | How champions think

Champions accept failure as a stepping stone to success. They don’t see failure as a dead end, rather they use it as a learning lesson.

Champions in all walks of life know it is a choice to be proud of their persistence and patience. They understand that setbacks are inevitable. But they don’t take them personally and don’t let them diminish their self-confidence.

To think like a champion, you have to use failure as fuel to take your life to the next level.

5. Surround yourself with people who make you better

No one has ever accomplished anything great alone. Champions know they need a team to make them compete at the highest level.

Look around you in business and sports and it’s obvious. Arguably the most successful hedge fund manager of all time, Ray Dalio, has worked with high performance coach Tony Robbins for 30 years. Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady all surround themselves with the best coaches and trainers in the world.

If you want to be a champion, you need to protect those around you and make sure everyone is helping you achieve your goals.

Remember, if you want to be a champion in life, you have to start by creating the right image of yourself and pairing it with the right frame of mind. Once you get started there, the rest of the process will be a lot easier.

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