by Dana Cavalea May 27, 2021

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Hi Team....

Do you ever wonder how some of the greatest athletes of all time perform at a high level over and over again?

Well, today, I want to dive into their mindset and what leads to their Champions Mindset.....

First, they hate to fail.

Hate it.

But, they know it is a part of the game- so, they do everything they can do prepare truly to resist failure.

When failure happens though, they accept it, willingly, and use it as fuel to elevate their game by even just a few percentage points as it relates to the key areas they are lacking or showed deficiency in their previous event/loss.....

Now, let's talk about ego.

Ego is shunned- and there are many who believe you can not have an ego and be humble.

This is simply not true.

In most sports, there is an element of Me vs. You- so in order to win, one must prevail over the other.

To do so, a talent gap must present itself, or, a swagger (self-belief) gap.

Meaning, one person will lose because the other is clearly better as a result of talent, or, one will lose because one has greater self-belief than the other.

I was doing an interview yesterday and said this is simply WHY all great athletes prepare.

You see, talent is king.

If you have it and have more of it than your opponent you can easily win if you opponent has less talent.

In a match of talent vs. talent, talent always wins.

But if the match becomes talent vs. higher self belief and slightly less talent, talent alone has a great chance of losing.

Why do I share this with you?

I share this with you because the Champion is always building their mind through their preparation and their daily work.

When you take steps each day, that help you improve even marginally, and feed your mind positive inputs, you once again increase your chances of consistent winning.

This is where many mistake ego and poise for confidence.

To be a great competitor, you must separate yourself from everyone else- yes, everyone else.

I have worked with the best in the World- and many of them pre-competition are touchy, edgy, and highly focused and filled with fire, ,much like a thoroughbred getting ready to push out of the starting gate on Derby day.

Now, let me tell you what I see today.

I see people living in a state of neutrality- and it gets me sick.

No edge.

No fire.

No passion.

No juice.

The attitude of a Champion says: I AM GOING TO BEAT YOU.

Competition is healthy- especially with self.

Competition feeds the competitive spirit.

We all need something and someone to chase- it is not a bad thing to want to WIN and beat another person, team, goal, and most importantly yourself.

The Champions Mind is always primed with CAN.

I CAN________________.

I CAN________________.

I CAN________________.

Always be affirming CAN!

So, start priming your mind, right now.

Get in the competitive spirit as your wrap up this week.

Put some damn points on the board.

Do not wait till next week, next month, next quarter.

That is bullshit- and the only one you are ticking is yourself.

GO OUT AND WIN TODAY- and love the competition!

Let's go!

Your Coach,


Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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