The Championship Strategy

Think about people you know of who consistently “bring it” to whatever they’re doing: any winning sports team, any successful actor or entertainer, business leaders, world figures, Olympic athletes, heroes anywhere.
 
The one thing that distinguishes every single one of them from everyone else is that they have absolutely no doubt in their ability. Each one of them believes that they have what it takes to get the job done, whatever that job is. We see them on TV and hear about them in the news because of what they believe about themselves.
 
What if you could try that belief on like a new coat? What if you could find a way to do that quickly and easily? We all have the ability to do this – we just have to tap into it.
 
(Excuuuuuuse me – but I think that’s ridiculous! Everybody knows that’s just a pipe dream. That’s not gonna happen, no matter how much you want it to. This is a total load of #%$&^&%!)
 
Pardon the interruption, folks – let me introduce you to an ordinary, run of the mill, everyday Gremlin. Rude little guy, although he can be very effective at stopping us in our tracks unless we know he’s coming. These guys like to hang around when you’re attempting to break out of any old negative thought patterns. I like to think of them as the “old guard” and their job is to protect the status quo. So the act of imagining a different result for yourself and attempting to do something about it is like a bugle call– they come running!
 
The best way to shut them up is to acknowledge their presence, tell them thank you (they’re only doing their job) and tell them to back off because you’ve got this handled.
 
Now where was I? Oh yeah ~
 

The Championship Strategy is a series of choices you make to create the optimal result possible by
keeping one thing in mind: Focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want. That’s it.

 

How about an example?

 

Let’s say you’ve got something big coming up that matters to you: a presentation, a meeting, a photo shoot, a web video. Your job is to imagine what you want, in detail – since you already know that you bring about what you think about. Do it in 1st Gear and make it as personal as possible.

 

  1. Think about what you want to happen: visualize your best outcome in detail, with every sense engaged. Feel it, see it, hear it.
  2. When the inevitable Gremlin of doubt shows up, thank him and show him the door.
  3. Focus your attention on what you want and pay attention to your results. The more you do this the more skilled you will get at it.

 

The belief that you have what it takes is the result of you focusing on what you want instead of what you don’t.

 
Think about it–we’re all focusing on something all the time. It might be on our flaws or our failures; it might be on what we don’t have or what we don’t like. The moment we focus on what we want and what we have, our experience changes. The moment we try out the possibility that we have what it takes, we get access to inner resources that have been there all along. It doesn’t mean that we don’t have flaws or weaknesses, it just means that we focus on our strengths  to get where we want to go.
 
Think of any superstar, in any arena. Do you think they spend one second of time beating themselves up or doubting their abilities? That’s how they got to be a superstar. The Championship Strategy borrows a behavior from winners and successful people all over the world, throughout history, who have believed in themselves and made amazing things happen.
 
Bruce Barton inspired this foundational belief of Powerful Presence for me when he said, ” Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something deep inside of them was far superior to circumstance.”
 
When you’re up to something extraordinary, this belief will get you there.
 
Thursday: What do others see in you that you don’t?

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