In the first of a series, here is an excerpt from the book Take Your Life to the Next Level.
Chapter 1 – Honesty is the Best Policy
The foundation of a Champion is an honest attitude.
Anyone who has achieved anything spectacular or magnificent in their lives has done so through living out this core principle.
Champions live out honesty in their lives through:
- Taking responsibility for their success and failures
- Accepting that there are areas for improvement.
- Ruthlessly working to improve
- Accepting and welcoming constructive criticism
- Knowing their personal progress plan
- Reflecting objectively by detaching themselves emotionally
- Looking in the mirror of self evaluation and assessing the need for change is the first step to a new and improved you.
Where you are now is only a result of how you’ve been thinking up to this point in time.
To change where we’re going in life, we must first change the way we think.
A Real Life Example:
After a losing streak of four defeats in a row a Premier League U18s youth team player was blaming every other player in the team apart from himself.
He refused to accept responsibility for the personal mistakes he had made and remained in a state of frustration and denial.
One day the first team captain slipped a piece of paper into his hand before leaving the training ground which read:
“Of all the judgements we make in life, none are as important as the ones we make about ourselves for these judgements touch the very centre of our existence.”
The next day the youth team player found the first team captain and asked him what the note was really saying.
His response was clear.
Always ask yourself this question:
“Are there any areas for improvement in my own performance before I start looking at the faults in others?”
There will always be areas to improve.
If you think you’ve reached your peak, it’s time to hang your boots up!
“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honour, I lose myself.” William Shakespeare
It is vital to be honest with yourself when taking your life to The Next Level.
Think of a time when you’ve been honest and accepted that there was a need for improvement in your life, for example after a defeat in sport, a low exam grade or a poor work performance.
Acknowledge this need for improvement and keep moving forward.
“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” John Wooden
Honest awareness is crucial in building a Champion’s Mindset.
“I think self awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” Billie Jean King
Be honest with yourself about the mistakes you make. Setbacks should never define who you are. Use them to learn and grow.
Remember: Practice makes progress.
For more information about how to apply these theories practically in your personal and professional life, read the end of chapter exercises in the Kindle book. Details here.