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Monday, December 10, 2012


A big thanks to Coach Ray Lokar for bringing this article to our attention.  The following is written by Kirk Mango, a former coach.  Read the entire article, including how he came to put these thoughts together here:

A Champion

— Champions—and championship teams—are made, not born. They use their God-given talents to reach their full potential and allow nothing to come between where they are now and where they want to be.

— Champions understand and believe that their limitations are governed only by their imagination. They perform and practice with a controlled intensity and never allow failure on any given day to take away from their eventual success.

— Champions look at any loss or setback as a tool by which they can learn and motivate themselves to even greater levels of performance. Pity those who belittle or underestimate a champion’s ability to bounce back from short-term failures. Those who do will barely have time to notice the breeze made when a champion passes them by. You see, true champions believe that they control their destiny, and luck has little to do with what they will accomplish. Discipline, commitment, sacrifice, character, and heart are second nature to them, and they understand that just trying sometimes isn’t enough.

— Champions want to compete against opponents who are performing at their best and derive much less satisfaction from wins that occur with anything less. They create opportunities for success that would not have occurred without them. True champions are not arrogant, but exhibit a quiet confidence that demonstrates the belief they have in themselves. They know that it is the little things that separate the good from the great and the great from the best.

— Champions believe in themselves, not because their coach is good, not because their equipment is good, and not because their teammates are good, but because they are good.