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Steve Siebold: “Champions Have An Immense Capacity For Sustained Concentration”

August 17, 2009

Watching Tiger Woods for a few minutes on Sunday, I was reminded of the incredible focus, discipline, determination, and desire of that amazing person.  How many people would ever put in the endless hours and hours of practice that he has?

This brilliant paragraph is from the book, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, by Steve Siebold.  My good friend Steve Sofoul told me about it two years ago, and I’ve been quoting it ever since.  Get your own copy from the link below.  Red highlights and bolding are mine.

Champions Have An Immense Capacity
For Sustained Concentration

Champions are famous for concentrating their energy and efforts on what they want and blocking out anything or anyone who threatens that focus.  While average people haphazardly pursue loosely defined goals, champions concentrate on the attainment of a singular purpose with an intensity that borders on obsession.  World-class performers invest an inordinate amount of time and energy in selecting their major goals. While the masses consider making changes every New Year’s Eve, the goal setting and planning process is an everyday habit of champions.  When the goals are set, champions put mental blinders on and move forward with dogged persistence and ferocious tenacity.  World-class performers create such an intense level of concentration to overcome challenges and achieve goals that it is the last thing they think about before they fall asleep, and the first thing that hits them when they wake up.  The great ones dream about their goals so frequently that they often keep pen and paper on the nightstand so they can quickly record any ideas or solutions that come to them in the middle of the night.  While average people see world-class performers’ successes as a matter of intelligence or luck, champions know sustained concentration of thought and action is usually the true key to their success.

Action Step for Today: Write down the single most important goal you want to achieve in the next twelve months and make a commitment to concentrate on achieving it – no matter what it takes.

“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.”
– Nido Qubein, speaker, author, philanthropist

World-Class Resource: Read Focal Point, by Brian Tracy.  This book is required reading for all Mental Toughness University clients in corporate America.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 4, 2009 11:53

    This site rocks!

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