You Can Be a Champion!

You Can Be a Champion!

We would like to know the psychology of a champion. What makes him or her get the success? Is it easy? Is it very difficult? Should I even dream to be a champion? Can I become a champion? In this blog, “You Can Be a Champion!” I have analyzed the psychology of a champion to enable us to relate to people who have performed extra ordinary feats or are credited with great performances. I hope these few words can inspire some of us to become future champions.

Champions Have Strong Motivation

All champions have the burning desire to improve, to be better tomorrow than what they are today. They are rarely thinking of besting the best, but just trying to be a little better than what they are now. In due course they reach the stage that they are, or near the best in their field.

Champions Have Sound Basics

Abhinav Bindra , Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt  and Amir Khan (actor) work hard to get the basics right. What may appear as trifles to a large number are not ignored by champions. They strive to get the basics right of their respective disciplines. It is immaterial whether they received good early guidance or not. The significant aspect is that they realized the importance of laying the foundation of their career on sound basics.

Champions Have Self- Belief; Not Over awed by Reputations

Tendulkar, as a teenager could take on Qadir in Test Cricket; Nadal could take on Federer in Grand Slams because he had the self-belief and was not over awed by the reputation of the opponent. They also knew that their opponents are only human and as susceptible to self- doubts as anyone else, provided they could push them a little more than what others had done.

Champions Subscribe to Systematic Hard Work

Champions like Deepa Karmakar and Virat Kohli relish the systematic hard work undertaken to achieve their goals. The hard work does not seem to be difficult to them. Regulated life, strict discipline, strict eating habits and of course the training is a journey they enjoy because of their strong motivation and an inner conviction that it is essential to attaining their goals.

Reaching the Top is Easier than Staying at the Top

The journey to becoming a champion has the following stages:

  • Stage 1. You are an unknown and progress is rapid and the results provide enough energy to progress further.
  • Stage 2. You are still unknown, the rate of progress has slowed tremendously, self-doubts about further progress have crept in, and technical flaws have become apparent. Your determination, perseverance and self-belief are severely tested. Most potential champions fall at this stage.
  • Stage 3. You get known and are regarded as a potential champion. There is a great advantage in having inspiration through a clear and identifiable goal. You have to fight the following issues:
    • Maintaining sound basics.
    • Eradicating technical flaws that may have crept in.
    • Maintaining self-belief that you can be the best.
  • Stage 4. You are a champion in this stage. Staying a champion is much more difficult than becoming a champion primarily because now you do not have a clear inspirational goal. In some ways you have gone back to the mental state of being in Stage1 that you are only trying to be better than yourself, but the rate of progress is almost negligible. Motivation has also become a serious problem. Let me give an example:

Carl Lewis does not hold the World record for Long Jump. Powell beat him at Tokyo World Championship in 1991, when he had broken the 1968 World record of Beamon ( 8.90 m) in the same meet by jumping 8.91 m. Powell beat that record by jumping 8.95 m. Had Lewis got the World record he may have given up athletics for lack of inspiration. Since he felt he had more left to prove he continued to jump & won two more Olympic gold medals in the event in 1992 ( beating Powell along with all others) & again 1996  at the age of 35. He is considered by many as the greatest long jumper ever in the world for winning 4 Olympic gold medals.
Thus in Stage 4 you have to fight all the issues of Stage 3, with limited motivation and greater need to keep updated with new advancements and methods being adopted by the competition.

You Can be a Champion!

The journey in the life of a champion has been explained in the blog. You can become a champion.  Please see at which stage you are and what you have to do to move to the next stages and then move ahead, till you become better than the best! Do not  feel that age is a handicap- Fauja Singh at 104 still completed the Mumbai Marathon.He is the only person above 100 years still competing!

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