NBA Championship 2022: How to Become A Champion

The word champion is surrounded with positive feelings. We admire and respect and love champions. People like Michael Jordan, Tia Claire Toor, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, and LeBron James. But it’s much harder to clearly define what it really means to be a champion.

Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest champions in boxing has his creative definition of a champion.

He says, “Champions aren’t made in gyms, champions are made from something. They have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

The golden state warriors became NBA champions on June 17, 2022 when they beat the Boston Celtics at TD garden.

Now, this is the fourth time that the warriors have won the championship. The warriors have the third most NBA championships and the third most final appearances. Only the Los Angeles Lakers and The Boston Celtics have more.

Steph Curry’s performance in the finals was outstanding. He had 34 points. He was responsible for scoring 34 points.

A player with good shooting skills usually averages about 40%. It’s just a measure of how they score points in basketball. A field goal percentage of 50% is considered a very good percentage but Steph Curry’s insane skills were at 57% plus his insane shooting at the three-point area (six over 11 attempts), which is over 50% when 30% is considered outstanding for that particular type of shot.

The Dubs’ aggressive defense forced 22 turnovers for Boston. Steph finally got the finals MVP. He should have won it back in 2015, but despite all that, he still puts his team first.

In an interview, he stated, “Forget about that. We’ve got four championships.”

Boston couldn’t find an answer, even though technically they were bigger and more athletic, the Celtics basically got outplayed.

All that meant extra possession and points for the warriors with all that energy and effort, working with a topnotch system that closed out the championship.

So, let’s talk about how to build a killer system that enables you to perform at the level of being a champion.

Step 1: Master the fundamentals incrementally

When you reach the top of your field, people tend to think that the majority of that is talent, but it’s not just talent. It comes from mindset and method and development in your craft. It starts with your immersion in the fundamentals.

If one believes that success follows talent, then setbacks and defeats can be absolutely devastating.People who believe that success follows talent, tend to choose easier tasks and easier challenges and things that they’re more certain that they can achieve rather than push themselves to take on challenges that actually lead to growth.

People who believe that they are successful because of hard work and dedication and consistent learning of their process. They view setbacks and defeats as learning opportunities. Losing never feels good, but they’re not devastated by the experience.

How you react to losing is a measure of your resilience. If you wanna become a champion in anything, you must view loss as an opportunity for growth.

You also need to see that a single mistake is nothing more than that. It’s a mistake and allow yourself to recenter to your new situation.

Staying calm and keeping the presence of mind prevents a single mistake from becoming a downward spiral into a series of cascading mistakes. Everything fades. Emotions are fleeting. What is now will not be later.

Anyone who is trained for a specific event like a marathon or a triathlon will tell you how much hard work it takes even today while I’m training for something very specific at the moment there are times when you just want to quit and the work seems too hard.

Today is a very good example. I absolutely hated the training that I went through.

I exercise or work out every day usually at about five 30 in the morning. Some weeks I feel I am on fire and feel totally unstoppable and while those might feel good at the time, it’s usually a sign that I haven’t pushed myself hard enough.

Of course, there are times when the workout defeats me, or I can’t go as deep or as heavy as I want. But the key is to keep moving and keep going. Failure shows progress. Failure is the price of progress.

Every missed second, every missed point or rep every failed lift, they all show progress. And what I need to attack later.

Step 2: The Permission To Fail Forward

You should be seeking out situations where you face a scenario that gives you trouble and resistance. You then need to keep trying different possible solutions, expecting that most of the time you are going to lose.

Eventually, you’ll hit on something that works for you. It may be something that no one has ever tried in that situation before, or it might be a classic response that you put a different twist on. The key is knowing that every failure is a step towards cracking the code.

If you strike a boulder with a hammer and it doesn’t split, that’s not failure. And if the hundredth strike it does split the boulder open, that doesn’t mean that strike was the best one. It means that each failed strike beforehand builds towards success.

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I’ve tried to use ads, SEO, and joint ventures. Now eventually I’ve found the method that I’m using now, which is absolutely crushing it, which is a mixture of high ticket coaching ads, organic social and sales calls.

But each method can work for other people and other businesses and other markets. I just eventually stumbled across the method that works for me through failure after failure, after failure.

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Step 3: Performance Formula 90% Recovery 10% Structure

Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics and host of the podcast, “People, I mostly admire” says that, “Experts and professionals, the people who are basically at the top of their game are there because they are able to recover more consistently.”

Talent or natural skill as a tiny fraction of performance. Instead, it’s about putting that talent into a structure and repeating that structure over and over and over longer and more consistently than anyone else in the field.

The kicker is that when you’re up against someone with more talent and the same, or maybe even a better structure than you, what can separate you? That is your ability to recover.

I have seen wealthy, successful business people with great cash flow and profitable businesses, crumble and throw everything away because they couldn’t recover as often or as quickly, or even at all, compared to their competition.

During one of the heats for the Tokyo Olympics, women’s 1500-meter race, Sifan Hassan tripped, fell and was dead last in the final lap.

She was doing the exact same thing as everyone else did, which was the structure. She had more or less the same talent as everyone else in their field and yet she won.

You should watch the video. It’s absolutely insane. She came in first place and won her heat winning bronze later in the finals in the 1500 meters and gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters later on.

Performance is a measure of how well you can recover and regain composure after your structure falls apart and your talent has run out. When you are getting going and starting to practice, you don’t want to try too many things at once because the new things you try will be awkward.

So if you start trying 10 new things at once, all of a sudden you’re gonna see your game getting worse. Also, if you start doing 10 things at once, you won’t really know what’s working, what’s not working or what adjustments are improving your performance.

What you want to do is have an idea of what it is that you’re actually trying to achieve, stick to the structure, but understand that your measure of performance will be based on your ability to recover back into that structure or when that structure fails recovery. Grit or determination is ultimately the measure of performance.

People who become champions like to win over other people. However, what they’re really trying to do is beat themselves. If they can beat their old self into submission, then it’s more likely that they’ll be seen as better when compared to other people.

I think that most athletes who become champions and the losers for the most part will agree that the other party won because they wanted it more. The Golden State Warriors wanted it more than the Boston Celtics and that’s the reason they ultimately won.

After tons of experience, deep observations and careful study, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to become a world-class champion, one must want it more than anything.

In the entire world, any obstacle that is in their path, they must overcome and persist until there is no choice but for them to succeed. If a person truly desires to win, there is absolutely nothing that can stop him or her.

Mike Killen

Mike is the world's #1 sales coach for marketing funnel builders. He helps funnel builders sell marketing funnels to their customers. He is the author of From Single To Scale; How single-person, small and micro-businesses can scale their business to profit. You can find him on Twitter @mike_killen.