Each and every one of us is born with the potential to become a champion. Some people strive to fulfill that potential, and unfortunately most people don’t. Most people spend their lives wallowing in mediocrity, never pushing themselves to be, do, and have all that they can imagine. Most people never learn to unleash the champion that lies dormant inside of them.

Becoming a champion is not about beating others in a competition, winning awards, or gaining recognition and accolades. Becoming a champion is about reaching your fullest potential. It’s about constantly pushing the limits of what you thought was impossible for you. It’s about pushing yourself to become the best version of yourself that you possibly can. It’s not about competing to do better than others; it’s about realizing that you are your only competition.

10 ways you can begin to unleash the champion that already exists within you:

1. Refuse to Settle

From this day forward, make a commitment to never settle for anything less than you know is possible. If you know something can be improved, improve it. If you know you can do more, do more. Push yourself to do all that you can with what you have, and never allow yourself to give any endeavor anything less than your best efforts. Demand more from yourself than the people around you demand of you. Raise the standards in every area of your life.

2. Set Bigger Goals

If you don’t have any goals, there’s your first problem. If you do have goals but they don’t scare you, there’s your second problem. To become a champion, you need to be setting big goals. It doesn’t matter if you set goals that you don’t know how you will accomplish. How you will accomplish something is not nearly as important as you making the decision to accomplish it. Once the decision and commitment is made, the strategy will begin to appear. Set huge goals, and instead of asking “can you achieve it?” ask: “how can you achieve it?” and begin searching for the answers.

3. Stretch Your Comfort Zone Daily

Push the limits of your comfort zone every day. To become the best version of yourself, you must learn to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. If you’re afraid of public speaking, go speak in front of a crowd. If you’re terrified of rejection, go make a few sales calls. Each time you step outside of your comfort zone, facing your fears in the process, your comfort zone expands. You must grow into the best version of yourself. Growth occurs in moments of discomfort.

4. Surround Yourself with Other Champions

You become just like the people you spend the most time with. Start limiting the amount of time you spend with people who are not where you want to be, and start spending your time with more successful people. The more time you spend with people who are more successful than you are, the more likely you are to become more successful. Find individuals who are achieving the results you want to achieve in various areas of your life (business, wealth, health, relationships, etc.) and emulate them.

5. Spark Your Creative Genius

Find a vocation that you have passion for, and that sparks that child-like sense of curiosity and excitement within you. Passion fuels creativity, and creativity fuels innovation. The top leaders in any field are always the innovators. They are continuously coming up with new ideas and creating new solutions to existing challenges.

6. Embrace Change

Most people fear change. Champions don’t. They know that the only thing that is truly constant is change itself. Instead of fearing change, you should learn to embrace it, and even anticipate it. Anticipating changes and positioning yourself to thrive as those changes occur is a surefire way to sustain your success.

7. Never Compromise Your Values

Make a commitment to never compromise your most important values for the sake of pleasing others. Never sacrifice your integrity for personal gain or for the gain of others. Your reputation is worth more in the long run than any potential gains to be had in the short run.

8. Make Success a Habit

Behind every result is a specific process, and every process consists of very specific habits. Adopt the habits that you know are necessary for your success into your routine, and be consistent. Consistency has a compounding effect on results. When you maintain a habit consistently for a long period of time, you will reap the benefits of the results it inevitably creates.

9. Never Stop Learning

To succeed in any field you must continually learn, grow, and increase your value to the marketplace. Become a life-long student of the principles and strategies that will sustain and increase your success. Read books, take courses, attend seminars, network with key players in your field. Learn from your own experiences, and also from the experience of others. The most important education is self-education. Never stop investing in yourself. You are your greatest asset.

10. Never Rest for Too Long

Laziness and procrastination are not terms that champions are familiar with. They know how to work, and they know how to recover, but they don’t know how to sit around and do nothing. To perform at a high level consistently for a long period of time, organize your life in cycles of work and recovery. Work, then recover. Work, then recover. Celebrate your milestones, but don’t wait too long before you tackle your objectives or you will risk losing momentum. Always have something to work towards.

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Author

Tyler Basu is an author, podcast host, and digital publisher. He has interviewed over 100 successful entrepreneurs for his podcast, published several books including the #1 Amazon Bestseller Lifestyle Business Blueprint, and is the Publisher & Editor of Lifestyle Business Magazine, a digital magazine for lifestyle entrepreneurs. To learn more about Tyler visit www.tylerbasu.com.

6 Comments

  1. These are some great tips, but I don’t think the hard part is actually doing these things, but doing them consistently. In order to reach your full potential, you have to do things even when you don’t feel like it, and that may be the majority of days as motivation can be fleeting at times. I struggle with consistency and I know that many others do as well. These are some great tips to follow.

    • Hey Lawrence thanks for commenting! Couldn’t agree with you more. Consistency is definitely crucial (and the biggest challenge for most). It helps to have some sort of accountability system to keep you on track.

  2. Hi Tyler!

    I got a question, why do you have to be afraid of you goal? I got a huge goal that i have had for 10 years now, and I in two years it’s time for me to go get it, I’m afraid of it. But why is that good?

    • Hey Anton, great question. The reason why it is good to be at least a little bit afraid of your goal is because that is a sign that the goal is big enough to be outside of your comfort zone. If the goal doesn’t scare you at all, it’s probably too small. A truly BIG goal should make you nervous, and force you to really stretch yourself in order to achieve it. I hope that makes sense!

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