One of the key motivational drive that is so overlooked from champions is that they are driven to perform beyond themselves.
Even tough initially sometimes they might be driven by significance sometimes as a spark, long term they are driven to build a legacy.
That is what make them the greatest. Pull to Perform beyond themselves. And yes it’s pull (NOT PUSH).
PULL is sustainable, PUSH is NOT.
The human spirit is built inherently to contribute and to take care beyond ourselves.
As any healthy parent will sacrifice beyond themselves for their children, the champions and the greatest perform with a pull that is beyond themselves; whether that pull is for an idea, a community, for a loved one, or for a country.
As it ingrained in us, (as mammal) even in the vegetarian space. You can see that cycle of “contribution”.
one tree giving life to multiple seeds, which breeds more tree and then which multiply itself with more seeds.
Similarly, more of life itself is always seeking expression through us.
This is why, when champions focus on legacy, their performance carries more weight and more potency.
So, For Today’s action tip,
Looking at your goals/dreams, ask yourself if you are looking beyond yourself.
High Expectation can be paralyzing or it can a driving force.
It paralyzes the average performers, while it reinvigorates the champions.
What’s the difference?
An expectation set by external forces is a pressure that is a push, which doesn’t have much long term usually paralyzed the average performers.
The Champions are driven within, and set intrinsically standards that lead to high expectations for themselves, which is a pull and has longer term effect.
I love the guidance from Tony Robbins when he says trade your expectations to appreciations.
The question is then, are those two perspective mutually exclusive?
Absolutely they are NOT.
Appreciation is an energetic pull that allows the performer to be grateful and be a “holistic” state.
Being and feeling “whole” is a state that centered the performers to compete at the highest level and while performing; when it’s game time, the performer need to feel whole and not in need.
However, what drives the champions is a pull to move forward and upward and that “next” level is set by a polarization for wanting to be more and becoming more.
So that north star is needed because it’s set by the expectations.
The key is that the champions do this by self-programing or by surrounding themselves with people that have higher expectations than them, which per osmosis help them elevate their expectations as well.
Champions are dedicated to a standard of excellence for themselves.
While average performers are influenced by external expectations, champions first motivation is intrinsic. They have set for themselves a standard of excellence that create higher expectations for themselves than anybody externally. This standard creates an internal pull that lead them to being outstanding. In today’s action tip, Let’s look at our goals and some of our dreams- let’s be honest with ourselves and examine- what is our standard toward these goals? Are we lenient or are we set for excellence in our standards?