Muhammad Ali was one of the all-time best because he knew it was going to happen before evidence appeared. This may be the most important qualities all champions share - they have an ability to believe so deeply in themselves, that all current circumstances become irrelevant.
For you to take your "game" to the next level, you're going to have to lay it on the line, and declare your 1% Success Story before it manifests. If you wait for it to happen before believing ... it won't happen.
Every morning when you wake up, repeat to yourself: "What's my driving force? Attack fearlessly today - all day. I believe!"
Dr. Ben Carson grew up in poverty, was called "dummy," and had a bad temper ... yet, somehow still became the world's leading neurosurgeon. He took control of his situation and expected nothing less than greatness from himself.
His mother repeatedly told him, "The world is inside of you. You just gotta see beyond what you can see!"
Every day, people ask me why I wake up at 4:00 am, why I'm so serious about my career, and why I sacrifice so much of my "fun time." The answer is simple: Family! Not only do I want to provide for my daughter's future, but I am obsessed with being the perfect role model. She's only 3, but hears, sees, and especially FEELS everything.
I want to be that model that shows what grind, sweat, and sacrifice means, and why it's so important. By the time she's making her own life altering decisions, I want it to be instinctive that pain and struggle equal achievement, not failure. As she witnesses all the heartache that real life hands, I want her to know that quitting is never an option, and attainment of any dream is probable. She will grow up knowing that fearlessness is her biggest weapon, and risking to achieve is mandatory.
I wake up early, tired or not ... 3 hours of sleep or 6 ... because I want my wife to be able to quit the 9-5 job and pursue her passions and dreams she talks about daily. I want her to jump out of bed every morning, excited about the potential of the new day, rather than being stressed about getting to work on time - I don't want there to be "work on time" thought in her mind. She's grinded so hard to allow me to attack my passions ... it's my time to give her the freedom she deserves!
My dad taught me the truth isn't what they say ... it's what I believe! My mom taught me that I'm not responsible for anyone else's happiness, but I can offer knowledge and wisdom to aid in their journey. My stepmom modeled pure selflessness and doing for others before focusing on self. My stepdad taught me that a solid business requires passion for details, an unrivaled discipline, and a love of learning.
Family is why I am who I am, and why I will continue to wake up before the sun does.
During the closing ceremonies of this year's Olympics, it hit me like a ton of bricks: Everything becomes probable the moment you believe it's possible. Success, whatever that means to you, is attainable the second you decide you'll do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Each one of those Olympians started their quest with a dream, and made a choice to commit years of their lives to the achievement of that dream - years! This is the true definition of the 1% Mindset. It's not reserved for the "special people," it can be yours right now, this minute. All you must do is decide that you want your goals more than you're afraid of not reaching them.
The main ingredient in every highly successful person is the ability to eliminate "realistic" from their vocabulary and understand pain is mandatory. 1% isn't sexy, it's sweaty. It's frustrating and often heartbreaking ... but always rewarding.
At age 15, if Michael Phelps told you he'd earn 22 Olympic medals by the time he was 27, you'd say he was "unrealistic." Every great accomplishment is unrealistic until it happens. The difference between the people who who attain those types of goals and people who never will - their definition of that word!
The 1% believe you can achieve absolutely anything. 99% only believe when evidence proves they should. Who are you?
Michael Irvin was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but as a man, husband, and father, made many big mistakes. He lived the stereotypical professional athletic lifestyle - parties, women, and drugs. I posted this speech, because it shows the pain from his past decisions, the years he lost to be a role model to his two young boys, and his decision to change.
Your future's coming - every choice you make today will determine what it looks like.
Wanting it is the first step ... what will you do to attain it? Talking about how much you love it sounds sexy ... what will you sacrifice to make it real? Seeing it is important ... how much pain will you endure before it manifests?
Mckayla Maroney, USA's top Olympic vaulter, and huge favorite to win gold in that event, proves you must do more than show up if you want to win.
During Sunday's broadcast, the announcer gushed over how big of a favorite McKayla was to walk away with the gold, repeating over and over, that it would be impossible for her to lose. "There's never been a bigger favorite in Olympic history to walk away with a gold medal," he continued mentioning. As I watched, listening to to him praise the automatic win, I told my wife I had a bad feeling about what was about to happen. Alarms in my head tend to sound when someone talks about a guaranteed win before any action has taken place.
This "guaranteed gold," which turned into silver, is an example to all of us - the only thing that matters is what we do! Talking about how much you want it and how talented you are means nothing without the hours of action backing up those words. Of course, Maroney worked tirelessly to achieve the obvious skill she has, but as proven when she sat down on her second vault ... action is the determining factor in every result we acquire!
Be fearless. Believe it's coming. Work harder than you think is possible!
What will you do today in order to fit another piece of the puzzle together? If you're competing against someone specifically, how will you ensure he doesn't take your spot. If, however, the mirror is your competition, what needs to happen today that guarantees you've improved from yesterday?
Don't get out of bed in the morning without being aware of this challenge. You don't need to know "how" the second the alarms sounds, but you should be committed to looking for it. What WILL you do today?
There are going to be times where you say to yourself, "That's it - I'm done, I want to quit." THIS is where you must keep punching. On the other side of quit is your next plateau. When the pain feels unbearable, this is when you call on every fiber of fight you have in your body. It's these moments where you grow the most.
Don't allow the illusion of failure to grab ahold of your passion - it's this battle that ultimately makes you who who are, and will define your journey. The only person who can stop you is ... you! Never allow that to happen.