What does it take to create the heart of a champion?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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What does it take to create the heart of a champion? Yesterday, I went to my son's first power-lifting competition. He had decided to compete in this one as a trial run, and ironically, he won 3rd in the Open session and in his weight class. I have a feeling he was more surprised than anyone, but as I watched him, I could see the heart of a champion developing. So, what does it take to create the heart of a champion?

  • Desire - A truly successful competitor must want to win. I watched one competitor yesterday that failed at three lifts in a row. He was over confident and a bit arrogant, and he lost. When he failed in the first competition, he packed up and went home. He skipped out the second round. Why? His heart wasn't in it. Lack of desire is a handicap from the beginning.
  • Focus - Jon went into power-lifting with a great deal of focus. He avoided the distractions of all the people who wanted to tell him how to do it. He read books first to silence the noise of the masses, and then he went to the next step.
  • Training - He found good solid people to train with. It's important that your training be specific and focused. In any endeavor, experts will come out of the woodwork to assist you, but there are the truly gifted and talented teachers and there are the "also-rans". Training must be specific and focused. You can waste a lot of time with trainers who are not the pros you need to get you to the next level. Make sure that whoever you link up with is the right person to get you where you want to go.
  • Practice - Jon has a very specific schedule of training that he rarely deviates from. It's important to stay in the process if you're going to succeed. You can't afford to have large gaps between sessions. He injured his knee a while ago, and it was difficult for him to avoid training during that time. I could see the struggle he was going through everyday. I'm not a big fan of the saying, "Practice makes perfect." If you practice incorrectly, you will lose. I'd rather say, "Perfect practice makes perfect."
  • Vision - Vision gives you the road map of where you're going to go. You can train and practice all you want, but if you have no destination you'll only become frustrated. Your vision will give you each milestone along the way. Most start out with an idea that finally contributes to a vision, but vision directs the path.
  • Determination - Determination is desire on steroids. It is the driving force that keeps you in the game when your mind tells you to stop. Determination is the fuel your mind and body need when adversary tells you to quite, when obstacles block your path, when your task seems impossible.
  • Execution - All the training in the world means very little if you never put it into practice. Even in failure, you must return to execute again. Everything you've done to this point has given you the tools to try. Failure is simply an indicator that you need to modify your training. If you were out-matched because a competitor trained harder, then you train harder. If you fail because you didn't stay focused, then you learn to stay focused. You will never know where you are weak until you execute. If you succeed, then you ask yourself, "Where can I improve?" 
  • Improvement - Every endeavor is evolving. You must constantly stay in a mode of evolving as well. If you don't improve, that competitor who has been nipping at your heels will overtake you. 

Every champion prepares himself for the competition. In business, we're in competition with every other professional in our field. Those who succeed don't do so by happenstance. Maybe a few stumble upon success, but the really superb performers create their success, and so can you.

What does it take to create the heart of a champion? 

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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, Dick.  Have a great Sunday.

Thank you, Scott.  I'm really proud of him.

Thank you, Ralph.

Absolutely, Harry.

Thank you, Jerry.  Have a super Sunday.

Jul 28, 2013 05:16 AM #13
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A great poster for anyone looking to go into sales of any kind. You put it all very wisely and it should be handed out to managers and their salespeople. It would make for a great seminar.

Jul 28, 2013 06:29 AM #14
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David Shamansky
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Blessings to you and family my friend. I am printing this post and making my kids read it!

Jul 28, 2013 07:20 AM #15
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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, Jimmy.

Thank you, David.  My best back to you and yours, and I hope the kids enjoy it. 8-)

Jul 28, 2013 08:09 AM #16
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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mmmm...wonder who this child takes after...congratulations on being an outstanding role model for a great son.

Jul 28, 2013 09:01 AM #17
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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, S & D,

Jul 28, 2013 09:25 AM #18
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Jay Markanich
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Wait a minute here!  Now you're telling me that all these years of Wheaties has done nothing?  NOTHING??!

And, by the way, my legal name is Jon.  Spelled the right way.

Jul 28, 2013 09:34 AM #19
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Jay Markanich
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Oh, and it looks like things are positive and forward looking for your son!  My Marine son can probably bench press the both of us, so he is doing okay too.

Jul 28, 2013 09:35 AM #20
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Bill Reddington
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Have always been a believer that you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to. Great points. Never give up never surrender. You must be proud!

Jul 28, 2013 09:46 AM #21
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Mike Cooper
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I don't doubt that a bit, Jay, and he can do it while eating a sandwich.

I really am proud of him, Bill.  Now that he's been through it and knows the mechanics, I have a feeling he'll get pretty serious now. 

Jul 28, 2013 09:53 AM #22
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Mike- Having read a little of your own experiences, I have a feeling I know where your son came by his heart of a champion. 

Jul 28, 2013 10:21 AM #23
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Mike Cooper
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Thank you, Kathy.  He's going to be a great competitor.  

Jul 28, 2013 10:22 AM #24
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Mike -- it looks like your son has found the road map to being a champion.  Congratulation to him and to you..

Jul 28, 2013 11:46 AM #25
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Just popping back in to say what a great job! Love this post.
Jul 28, 2013 01:18 PM #26
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There's sometime that bit of darkness to test our will before the sunshine comes through. :) Don't give up!

Jul 28, 2013 01:30 PM #27
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Like Father Like Son - what a winning combination.  Your pride and wisdom shines though and though.....awesome!

Jul 28, 2013 02:33 PM #28
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Great list, Mike and congratulations to you and your son. You write about some very important points and one I like is - to have such a belief in oneself that it would be impossible to fail. As you write: focus. When one believes so deeply, one is usually very focused. Add that to good coaching, mentoring, and practice.

Jul 28, 2013 04:47 PM #29
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James Dray
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All attributes of a leader, winner and a person that has his whole life in front of him.  You taught him well.  :)

Jul 28, 2013 07:45 PM #30
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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, Joan.  I trust the discipline and dedication he learns in power-lifting will carry over into other areas.

Thanks, Judi.  Have a great week.

Very true, Laura.  Love the new photo.

Thank you, Anna.  I'm definitely a proud dad.  8-)

Thank you, Jane.  I appreciate you dropping by.

Thanks, James.  Have a great week.

 

Jul 28, 2013 10:01 PM #31
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He looks like a champion all the best Mike and keep us informed as to what is happening

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