It hit me the other day that although Wheaties Cereal used the slogan ‘The Breakfast of Champions’ for many years to help promote and market their cereal, the one thing in common of all the true champions I know is this… they all practice feeding their unquenchable desire to learn and grow.
In essence, the REAL Breakfast of Champions is to feed the brain, feed the mind AND feed the body high quality fuel!
I am blessed with having surrounded myself with real champions. Sports stars, Olympians, Musicians, Authors, Speakers, Teachers, and even amazing mom’s, dads and incredible individuals who are also ‘on the way up’. Every single person I know who has achieved a ‘championship’ status in their life, starts out their day not only with great fuel for the physical body (good, clean food)- but most importantly, they feed their brain and monitor their input from the moment of waking up, until the time they go to bed.
When the world propounds our senses with easy to absorb ‘noise’ of negativity, it takes a firm resolve and commitment first and foremost to oneself to ‘turn off and tune out’ all the gossip, drama, “NEWS” and cup half empty attitudes. A true champion recognizes that minute by minute, hour by hour, you need to be aware of your thoughts, your feelings and your attitudes about conversation and communication around you.
Sometimes it’s not easy. Sometimes it’s not comfortable. Often times, it’s not ‘PC’. If you have set in your mind that you too want to achieve greatness in your life, you want to build and lay a firm foundation for continued success and even a leader- you need to do what the champions have always done and have always known.
If you need to, put ‘blinders’ on (like they do with a champion race horse)-so you have clear focused vision on where you are going. Those ‘blinders’ are not there all the time- but there are moments when you need to train yourself to not become distracted. When you can operate that way, continually (focused, yet completely ‘aware’ of your surroundings) then you take off the blinders.
The other thing is to feed your mind GOOD fuel, positive input each day. Start out your day that way! Keep the TV off. Keep the newspapers folded up and unread until you’ve fed your mind FIRST with positive input that will support you in your journey for success.
Personally, I cannot remember the last time I actually ‘read’ the complete newspaper. Let’s just say it was a long…long time ago! (I do use them to line my bird cages with though!!) If there is a positive story, then I may read it, otherwise, I have come to understand the power and importance of feeding the mind with POSITIVE fuel- daily.
If you start this habit, remember, you need to apply it daily. A little here, a little there. If you say you ‘can’t find the time’… turn your bathroom into a mini library. (I hope other authors do not take offense to this suggestion… just know it will help you get your books read! LOL!)
It’s amazing what you can accomplish in bite sizes. A book in the ‘reading room’ – if you read a paragraph or two at a time, all of a sudden becomes a page here, a page there. Next, that book will leave the ‘reading room’ and now you get into a chapter here, a chapter there.
For you, the one reading and training your brain the way champions do- you will soon become a willing athlete of learning ready to take on the next level of training on your way to champion status!
Go for it! Put on your Battle Cry for Success – and Feed your brain the way REAL Champions do!
See you at the finish line!