1) Never be outworked.
The only person you should be competing against is yourself. The most important question you can ask yourself is “Did I go all out or hold back”.

2) Avoid focusing on statistics.
With the influx of technology and today’s social media platforms it is way to easy to get caught up in the “Fan Mentality”. Records, rankings, seeding’s and predictions are all things that we cannot control so we are wasting our time filling our brain with thoughts of things outside of our control.

3) Bigger or stronger doesn’t mean better.
The biggest room in the world is the “Room for improvement”. The Japanese term Kaizen refers to “constant improvement”, which should always be the focus no matter how big or strong we are.

4) Stop comparing yourself to others.
Focus on your individual progress and improvement. Strive to bring out the best version of yourself everyday as that is always something within our control. Focus on learning from others not comparing ourselves to others as success often leaves clues.

5) Be thankful for the opportunity to compete.
Have a consistent “attitude of gratitude”. The best athletes in the world often mention how thankful they are to have the opportunity to compete and do something they love to do after winning the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, Olympics etc.

6) Be patient.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Life is an amazing journey not a destination so enjoy the ride while trusting in the process that is put into place.

7) Compete for yourself.
Do it for the love, passion and fun of the sport which is often elements who lose sight of as we get better and better. Do it simply to glorify god.

8)Never give up.
Positive affirmations teach your heart. Effort is of the 3 elements you can always control that is defined in our predator mindset. Effort is something that is always within your control on or off the field.

9) Keep things in perspective.
It is extremely important to remind yourself of your personal priorities and values in life. Your faith, morals, family, and academics should come before athletics as they are the key factors to building a solid foundation in life. View athletics as a vehicle that will help drive your life in numerous positive directions but they are not life.

10) Train your mind.
Training your mind will help you maximize your overall potential in sports, school and life. Mindset training will help you overcome the most common mindset red flags that hinder performance. Having a mentor to guide you through the process to ensure you are taking the most effective path towards your goals. Training your mind will help you develop leadership and a strong culture within.


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By: Josh Hinze – Winning Mindset Coach