The 5 Cs of Champions

The boxer Muhammad Ali once said…

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. They 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.”

When I was designing my 5 part learning and development framework to achieve maximum impact with minimum disruption, I really hadn’t come across this quote and it’s unlikely that Muhammad Ali wrote it after hearing about my framework 🙂 but the two are very well aligned.

The first three parts of my framework focus on overcoming:

  • Lack of clarity – The dream or vision that Ali talks about
  • Lack of skill – The right skills are of course necessary, but like Ali, I believe that it’s rarely lack of skill that’s the main reason we hold ourselves back from achieving our potential
  • Lack of will – The commitment to keep going when things get really tough.

The last two parts of my framework are about addressing:

  • Lack of support – Either at work, from colleagues, teams or the boss, or at home from family and friends.
  • Lack of self belief – I am sure Ali would see this as part of the will to succeed and perhaps it is an extension of the same thing. In my experience as a learning and leadership specialist it is vital to overcome negative thinking and limiting beliefs in order to achieve our dreams.

When these 5 potential blocks are overcome you will have:

Clarity, Competence, Commitment, Community, and Confidence. The 5 Cs that will create Champions, in sport, in work, at home and in life.

My questions to you are?

  • What have you always wanted to do and haven’t?
  • What stands in the way, slows you down, or stops you?

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