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The Courage to Succeed
Secret of Champions: The Inner Game
are a sales person, artist, professional athlete, CEO, entertainer, or
homemaker, imagine doing your job in front of a crowd of thousands of people
totally fixated on every move you make. You are gazing out at a packed stadium
with confidence, knowing that every decision you are making is thrilling the
lives of those watching you.
After you are done with your job, you face a standing ovation, watching as a
section of the crowd rushes to get your autograph, shake your hand, hug you if
they can, and become your fans for a lifetime. You sign autographs until, all
of a sudden, you are called to receive your day’s paycheck. You look at it
and it says “One Million Dollars.”
Now imagine this is not just once in a while but happens on a regular basis on
most days. As more and more people find out about you, sponsors consistently
compete over your representation, as you become a standard of excellence.
Have you ever wondered why some people go on to become regular peak performers
while others with similar talent struggle just to survive?
No matter how old you are, your history, education, or type of work you do,
your potential is mostly unused. We are all driven by a deep inner longing to
fulfill our potential but few of us know how to do it. This is the same as the
professional athletes who never get to realize their ultimate dreams despite
having the same talents as the athletes at the top. They may think they know
what they need and want, but they only get to have occasional glimpses of
their true potential and are consequently left with more frustration than
Listen to this secret…
Regardless of the field they are in, peak performers recognize the vital
importance of their inner game - focus, patience, clarity, creativity, and
persistence under pressure. They recognize the importance of matching their
inner depth with their behaviors (i.e., walking their talk). As a result, they
often hire experts who can guide them to achieve at the highest levels of
their particular arena. If you want to maximize your potential, you must
understand that the most important factor is your ability to remain focused
when the going gets tough. To do this, you have to train your mind to remain
clear, calm, and creative when your body is tired, you are out of breath, your
sweat is blurring your vision, or your frustration is telling you to quit.
Most people never work on their inner depth because they believe it is their
behavior that makes the main difference. This is a huge mistake!
Remember that the most important difference between the champions and the
wannabes are not the outer behaviors. Although they are important and
certainly play a role in the creation of success, the fundamental difference
between regular peak performers and the ones who never get to fulfill their
dreams is their ability to let go of their inner blocks and welcome glory
In order to reach higher levels of performance, it is imperative that you
spend more time cultivating your inner strength. How many hours of your day
are you spending on work- related matters? On things that you need to
accomplish to get your work done? Now, how much of your day do you spend
cultivating your inner strength? If you see a great discrepancy here, you know
the direction you need to take. No matter what you are interesting in creating
in your life, your ability to match your inner depth with your outer behaviors
determines how far you can reach.
Remain focused, clear, and calm.
Ruben Perczek Ph.D - www.peakperformancemastery.com