Article written by Christiaan Mattheus THE MENTALITY
Ever wondered what it takes to win, what it really takes to be the best? When I say “win”, I’m not referring to your 9th grade athletics day participation medal. No, I’m referring to the type of winning that is synonymous with names like Phelps, Coan, Armstrong, Williams, and Ilyin. We can split hairs and have conversations about genetics, nurture, and drug-use but I believe that there is more to champions than double helices and odd looking syringes. I believe that champions, true champions have mastered the most important tool in our trade – mentality.
Allow me to elaborate. Variables such as drug use and nurture most certainly play a role in the making of a champion, but those variables are (to some extent) negligible. Let’s use professional bodybuilding as an example. If we remove all drug-use from the sport, I can guarantee you that the person who was in first place will still be in first place. He’ll be 50lbs lighter, but he’ll still be 1st. This statement should come as no surprise to you. Anyone who has spent large quantities of time around champions will know what I’m talking about. Winners win, and they’ll do anything to win…
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