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Some would say that champions are born.. I say that champions are forged through the practice of intense and sustained effort. No important endeavor in life can be accomplished without it.  Anybody that has done CrossFit knows it’s challenging. Most of those that have done CrossFit would argue that it is one of the more challenging types of working out there is.

Doing CrossFit requires a specific type of mindset. A mindset that won’t cave under the pain and burning feeling you get when doing max reps of thrusters and burpees. A mindset built on DISCIPLINE, COMMITMENT,PASSION, CONFIDENCE, PERSISTENCE, RESILIENCY, COMPETITIVENESS, COACHABILITY, GROWTH, HUMILITY, HUNGER, DEDICATION, TENACITY AND GRIT.

I believe we all came into CrossFit for the same reason. To be stronger, healthier, better versions of ourselves. We all have our own specific goals we want to achieve along the way and we want to be good at what we do, however the sad truth is that when faced with the decision of working out harder or longer we give up and say we are good enough. This is the opposite of a champion mindset. To be the best at what you do you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to move you in the direction of excellence and when stuff gets hard, you keep your head down and keep moving forward.

Champions love the process. When you trust the process of effective programming, coaching and applying deliberate practice the results will come on their own. Deliberate practice is different that regular practice. Deliberate practice is hard and requires a lot of mental stamina. Regular practice is going through the motions and getting work done for the sake of getting it done. Unfortunately regular practice will not get you to the next level. Sorry. It is the difference between being world-class and being good.

1.) Champions expect to win.

2.)Champions are driven by their desire. What do you desire?

3.) Champions develop a positive self-image. “The only thing holding you back is what you think you’re not”.

4.) Champions develop a game plan. “Know your purpose and why you’re doing what you do”.

5.) Champions concentrate on success.

6.) Build self-awareness. “Monitor your mind and body in order to learn and make progress”.

7.) Champions are persistent in the face of setbacks. “Know that there will be setbacks at times and prepare to rebound quickly. Winners practice winning everyday with repetition”.

8.) Champions put forth 110% effort. “Winners make it happen, losers let it happen”.

9.) Champions keep on learning. “Learn from criticism and seek out how to get better, rather than ignoring it”.

10.) Champions have a winners aura. “Stand and walk like a champion”.

Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery. Start now to imitate the “elite” in the CrossFit realm and put to practice your champion mindset.