The Mindset Of A Competitor

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Looking back on my years of athletic competition, I can attest to one thing making or breaking my chances to win: the mindset I had that particular day or time. Some people would dispute the aspect of having a particular mindset, that’s neither here nor there. As for the mindset itself, I would sum it up as “having a chip on my shoulder the size of New York City.” As a child, I had always loved watching combat sports (boxing, wrestling- freestyle, Greco-Roman) and just good old-fashioned competitive sports in general (the “Big Four” sports in the U.S.: football, basketball, baseball and hockey). I loved watching pro wrestling also. Growing up, I was a shy kid. As I got older, I took my talents (strength, speed, a sharp mind) and was able to start lifting and writing workouts for people. They were usually size and strength workouts (in the 1990s, it was all about having a “hardcore” mentality). So we all lifted heavy, raised hell and was unabashedly proud of it. I learned a lot in those days. Talent plus mentality equaled success. As I got older, I obviously became much wiser, really putting together a personal code as far as competition and dealing with life in general was concerned. I ended up with this:

  • Never ever let it die. Whatever your goal is, always have your goals in the forefront of your mind.
  • Protect your dreams. The mindset, the dream is all about total execution. Anything less is compromise.
  • Fearlessness is next to Godliness. In this mindset, approach everything with the mindset of a conqueror. Expect dominance. Expect excellence from yourself.
  • Have no expectation of others. If one thing life has taught me, people are spotty at best, so having no expectation from them is best. NOTE: this is not a rebuke against people, just the way I see things.
  • Remember where you come from. There’s no shame in originating from a small town, or having a past. Remember, it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at that matters.
  • Work, work, work. HARD WORK WINS. Working hard will achieve more than talent ever will. Combining a healthy work ethic with ambition gets things done.
  • Ruthlessness is not a crime. Of course I am not talking about breaking the law and being a bully- the ruthlessness I am talking about is simply a no B.S. approach to getting goals accomplished. Ignorance is to be shunned and hated.
  • Vision is fundamental. The aspect of vision is somewhat subdued. You need vision. WITHOUT VISION, YOU WILL NEVER ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, LONG-TERM OR SHORT-TERM.
  • Less is more. In achievement, there’s no need to blab uselessly. I call it “breakdancing in the dark”. People don’t care about what you’re doing and they don’t need to know.
  • Enjoy life. Take time to relax, enjoy yourself.

I also read a lot. Books like The Bible, Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”, Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and his version of “The Art of War” as well as some psychology books helped a lot. Reading and digesting a lot of these classics (and being a lover of history) helped sharpen my mindset. One thing I can tell you, what you give your attention to, you will desire. What you desire you will prepare to take. Whatever it is, in this world, you can have it. Playing “Mother May I” will not get it done. The mindset I had then was all about strength, growth and expansion, basically an insatiable thirst for getting things done and success.

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Kente Bates

OSN Fitness Expert Kente Bates is a personal trainer, writer, and coach. He has been involved in sports and fitness for over 20 years. You can reach him on twitter: @halcyonfg16. His health/fitness blog, Halcyon Fitness Group : halcyonfitnessblog.wordpress.com and his email (where you can ask questions concerning health, fitness or anything relating): halcyonfitnessgroup@gmail.com

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