Striving to be your best is a tough path and the support you receive from others can have a big impact on your mental ability to achieve your goals. This is something which top sportspeople can certainly attest to. Champion athletes are conscious of who and what in their environments supports their journey, and who or what does not. They choose to access and immerse themselves among positive people and avoid the negative ones. They feel and use the support they receive. When Champion athletes come across those who bring them down, they communicate directly without justification. They may feel affected by negative people and conditions for a while, but they ensure this negativity is given limited “air-time” in their minds.
Champions believe that they are supported, not only by great people, but also great opportunities. They direct their minds to create a habit out of looking for the possibility of fulfilment and progress in the moment. At the same time, they are constantly cultivating an attitude of positive anticipation of their intentions and/or targets unfolding better than they expect.
There is a simple 5 step formula that Champions follow, and you can follow as well, to make the most of the support around you.
Step 1. Open your mind to the possibility that support for your success is all around you.
Step 2. Take note of who supports you and how they can add value to your journey positively.
Step 3. Try out their tips and observe what works for you. Show them your appreciation.
Step 4. Take negative people in your stride by communicating what you want with calm.
Step 5. Challenge yourself in using negative people and conditions as fuel for your progress.
Trust yourself and the support network that you have. Think of this as a great team to enhance and accelerate your path toward a becoming the champion of your goals.
Toni Gaddie is as a Clinical and Sports Psychologist who assists national and international sports champions and business leaders in becoming and maintaining their “whole champion” status. She is also the co-founder of the Champion’s Academy. Read more about Toni here.