Adopt the Champions mindset and crush your goals

Kobe Bryant is one of the most successful Basketball players to ever grace the game and that is no secret. He attributes his success to what he later referred to as ‘The mamba Mentality.’ It was this mentality that made him show up for basketball practice in high school at 5 am and leave only at 7 pm. He also claims to have taught himself Beethoven’s moonlight sonata on piano by ear. This mentality made him so confident that his first words to Michael Jordan were “you know I can kick your ass one on one.”

What is this mamba mentality? He himself said “To sum up what Mamba Mentality is, it means to be able to constantly try to be the best version of yourself.”

Simply put Kobe Bryant has a mindset of a champion.

” The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real. I’m not a player that is just going to come and go. I’m not a player that is going to make an All-Star team one time, two times. I’m here to be an all-time great. Once I made that commitment and said, ‘I want to be one of the greatest ever’, then the game became everything for me.”- Kobe Bryant

One’s mindset is the biggest factor in their success. Your mindset impacts each and every decision that you take. The mindset will determine how you react to adversity, how you choose to approach your goals and how long you will keep working towards your goals.

Maybe these words may sound familiar to you;

“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

They should, they were spoken by Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, who was hinting at the fact that what we become all starts with the mindset and the things we feed our mind.

If you have serious big goals, then your mindset must reflect it, because sooner or later, the going will get tough; when it does, are you going to be tougher and keep going? Will the road block you face conquer you or will you conquer it? Will you give up when your mind finds a thousand reasons for you to stop chasing your goal?

Regardless of what your goals are, whether it’s to become the world’s best at what you do or to lose 10 Kg, adopting a Champions mindset is the best way to achieve them.

What are some of the traits this mindset?

Champions accept that things will be hard

In order to be the best in your chosen field it’s essential that you love what you do, but that alone is not enough. You need to have the mentality to know that the entire journey won’t be a smooth sailing; you will face many storms and encounter high waves that will wreck your ship. You will have terrible days, sometimes terrible weeks or even terrible months. If, for example, you set a goal to lose weight, no matter how much you love training, you should know that there will be days when you don’t even want to see the gym. Days you can’t even get out of bed. Days when you feel like doing only half your work outs. But it’s on days like this that you should remember that at one point YOU decided to go through with this. And you must. Knowing that a time will come when things will be hard will help you recognise these feelings and make you push on.

Once you go through such days, it builds momentum. Once you get into the habit, it will create a domino effect, and eventually you won’t want to stop even if you were given the option to.

They know how to respond to adversity

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps was on the brink of history. He was about to break Mark Spitz’s swimming record of 7 Olympic gold medals in the 200 meter butterfly. With the world watching and untold pressure on him, Phelps dove in at the start and discovered that his goggles were Seeping in Water! By the time he turned into the last 50, his goggles were completely full of water leaving him virtually blind. Instead of panicking, Phelps kept his focus and maintained his momentum. He chose to view this ‘disaster’ as a challenge. His solution? He focused on counting his strokes for the last 50, knowing exactly how many he needed to get across the pool at the right speed. The rest is history; he won that race and became the first athlete ever to win 8 gold medals in one Olympiad.

When the going gets tough, when the problem gets really intense, champions keep their momentum and take it in their stride. They know that problems are problems and they will always be there and may be out of their control. How they react to the problem is up to them and they can control that! So while you can’t control the uncontrollable, you can learn to control your response to them.

They have unwavering confidence and belief in themselves

Kobe Bryant mentioned at the onset was insanely confident that his coach at one point said he was un-coachable.

Muhammed Ali is well known for his self-affirmation:

“I am the Greatest!”

Many people saw it as arrogance, but it was self-belief that made him become the greatest of all time.

Champions are the best because they know they’re the best. That mindset allows them to carry themselves as if they have already made their greatest achievement.

Whether they are arrogant or humble, champions have that self –belief that they can achieve what everyone else can’t. It’s the attitude that makes their competitors fearful and question their abilities. A competitor may be better, but if their mindset is weaker, they will fail. They will trip because of intimidation.

It’s no secret that if you want to be the best you have to think you’re are capable of being the best. Everyone is capable of being the best, the only difference is that some stop believing and eventually settle for what they already have. If you believe it, you will achieve it.

Henry ford once Said:

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t. You’re Right!”

They are fully focused in what they are doing in present.

Realising that the only time you can ‘become’ what you want to become is to focus on what you do at this very moment, is what will make you a champion. This mindset removes room for anything else. When you are present and fully engaged in what you are doing nothing can get in your way, there is no room for fear, anxiety, or other negative emotions to stop you doing what you’re doing to your full potential.

They are times when our thoughts and actions are distracted by the past or fears of the future. A true champion acknowledges that the past can’t be changed but what he does now in regards to his goal, will determine his future. You can stay present in whatever you’re doing in life, you just need to realize it when your thinking goes out of hand and drags you into the past or future. It can seem very hard at first but eventually it becomes easier and even second nature.


The champions’ mindset can be adopted by anyone and can be applied to anything you want to do in life. You may not be aiming to win the Olympic gold medal but you do want to be the best that you can be, you want to be a champion at something. Once you figure out what you want and you have decided to go for it, adopt a champion’s mentality to achieve those goals. Become some who will consistently be a goal setter and a goal achiever. Know what YOU want and then go after it; refusing to give up until you have achieved your goal.

What part of a champions mindset do you relate to? Share your thoughts and comments in the section below.

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