How you ALLOW yourself to perceive a thing directly effects your performance of that thing and determines your outcome.
If you view a difficult thing from the perspective of the hardship you will encounter, the probability of failure, or the discomfort you will have to endure, the thing will be difficult to bear, and your performance will suffer, effecting the end product.
If you view it as a challenge to be met and overcome, the next step in a process that you have been working for - a place that you have reached through work, discipline, sweat, sacrifice, and commitment - then you realize you are right where you wanted to be. This thing is a reward, and one more threshold to cross along the way.
Just as you had to earn your place here, you must do this thing to earn the next place ahead.
If this is your mindset - you realize and remember that this is what you want, and you are able to focus your mind and body in effort toward successful completion of the task.
It is only the child in us that wants the reward without the risk or sacrifice.
I have found this is to be one main key to success, and it is something I work on regularly.
Of course, It helps when you have people and processes to help you with the task, but if you can't self start and self motivate, the help is only a crutch, and when it's gone, you'll be left with nothing solid to keep you on track and pushing ahead.
I have literally had a conversation where my friend stated that he turned around halfway to the gym, and didn't go back, because he realized he forgot his iPod.
I know of people that can't focus on the work without music. This is either to motivate them or distract them from what they are doing.
This is not a mindset that creates success.
Don't get me wrong, things like this can be big factors in productivity, and should be used accordingly, but if you can't find the focus without them, they do more harm then good.
From time to time, I play music when I train. It does fire me up a little more for the training, and I have a little more fun in the process. I don't need it, though, and I'll go long periods without it because I don't want to lose the ability to create the environment within myself.
I want to be able to find my focus and drive with nothing else but my will and desire.
This can be applied everywhere. I only use music and training as an easy example.
Winning, being successful when everything is going your way and you're having a good day is easy.
Creating success when nothing seems to be going for you and everything feels like a struggle or a fight is where true champions are made - whether in the weight room, on the field, in business, or in life.
Here's the key takeaway - you never get to the point where the right attitude, the right mindset is automatic. Everyone, including the top players, has those moments where they're disheartened, rundown, and feel like blowing off what hey have to do - or even quitting outright. The difference is, they know how to quickly smash those thoughts and feelings and create the ones that will help them to not just push through the difficulty, but come out on top.
Change your attitude, change your approach to the things you need to smash, and change your life.
Eric Chasko is the head of Redemption. He is a Performance Enhancement Specialist, Certified Underground Strength Coach, and Progressive Fighting Systems Full Instructor. From young athletes to busy professionals, he helps people develop the physical, mental, and emotional strength to win on the field, on the street, and in life.