As the clock counted down and the confetti started to fly at Super Bowl 57, the excitement was palpable. The Chiefs were screaming, smiling, and hugging. The entire stadium roared in celebration. This was the payoff; the ultimate achievement they’ve been working towards. They were the champions.
Of course, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to be a champion. People work hard, achieve their goals, and make positive change in countless occupations. Becoming a champion in any field starts with the right mindset.
First and foremost, you’ll need to establish a clear goal that you want to achieve. Without a clear directive, it’s easy to become complacent and aimless. At Dion, we like to stick to the SMART method when setting goals. That means our goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. By clearly identifying your desired state, you can take conscious steps to reach it.
The whole point in setting goals is that you believe you can achieve them in the first place. Without that self confidence, your mission has ended before it began. Having trust in yourself and your abilities to achieve are crucial to having a champion mindset. One way to build this confidence is to adjust the way you speak to yourself. It’s very easy to tear ourselves down and pick out every little mistake made. Changing this takes time, and may feel silly at first, but the more you repeat something to yourself, the more likely you are to believe it. Try picking out a mantra for yourself and repeat it throughout your day. A mantra can be something like:
Now that you’ve set your goals and are brimming with confidence, it’s time to take action! Identify the steps needed to reach your goal, then concentrate on the first step. Take each action one at a time so they don’t become overwhelming. This is where your commitment will begin to be tested. Some days you might not feel like putting the work in. You won’t be as revved up as you were when you set your goal. It may be tempting to quit or become complacent, but you had a reason for setting this goal in the first place. Remind yourself why you wanted to achieve this goal. The only person who can move you forward is you.
Every champion has a great team, coach, or support group around them. When embarking on your own goals, surround yourself with people who will encourage and challenge you. Perhaps those around you have similar goals that you can work towards together. Having a great coach or mentor will also help keep you on track. These people will help keep you accountable as you climb the steps to your goal.
On the journey to your supreme goal, you’ll undoubtedly have many smaller achievements. Maybe you learned a new skill, completed a course, or made a new connection. Make sure to acknowledge these moments as they happen. Not only does it help build confidence, but it also helps reorient you on your pathway.