#547 โ€œMeh, Iโ€™m Good Enough."

Enter: Vomit in Mouth ๐Ÿคข

In our last +1, we talked about Ben Bergeron, Vince Lombardi and John Wooden and their pursuit of perfection and excellence.

Today I want to chat about Ben Bergeronโ€™s philosophy a bit more.

Short story: Heโ€™s ALL about training character. Heโ€™s identified twelve characteristics of a champion. They are: Commitment, Grit, Positivity, Embrace Adversity, Confidence, Maximizing Minutes, The Process, Control, Turn the Page, Humility, Competitive Excellence, and Clutch.

Check out the book and Note for more. (Seriously on checking out the book. If youโ€™re into mental toughness, I think itโ€™s a must read. Itโ€™s that good.)

Today weโ€™re going to talk about his first characteristic: Commitment.

Want to be a Champion? Well, good luck if you arenโ€™t even willing to COMMIT to being a Champion. You need to raise your standards t h r o u g h the roof and actually set being your absolute best as your ultimate target.

Ben tells us most people arenโ€™t willing to do that.

He draws a little graph to make his point.

Draw an upside down โ€œUโ€ in your mind or on a piece of paper. On the bottom left we have โ€œComplacency.โ€ In the middle at the top of that inverted U we have โ€œCompetence.โ€ Then on the far right we he have โ€œExcellence.โ€

Ben tells us that most people have enough ambition such that theyโ€™re not totally complacent. They may even want to move from being merely competent to truly great. BUTโ€ฆ The moment they see just how hard theyโ€™re going to have to work to bridge that gap they say, โ€œMeh. Whatever. Iโ€™m good enough.โ€ Then they settle back into their mediocre ways.

btw: Nowโ€™s a good time to recall that, in ancient Latin, mediocrity literally (!) meant โ€œto be stuck in the middle of a rugged mountain.โ€

Most people are stuck in the middle of that inverted U. โ€œMeh. Whatever. Iโ€™m good enough.โ€

(Note: When I think of how often *I* say that to myself I say, โ€œGah. Vomit in mouth.โ€ 🤢)

btw2: Recall that mediocrity has a LOT of synonyms: ordinary, average, middling, middle-of-the-road, uninspiring, undistinguished, indifferent, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, prosaic, lackluster, forgettable, amateur, amateurish.

It has ONE antonym: Excellence.

Soโ€ฆ Todayโ€™s +1.

Howโ€™s your commitment to excellence?

Remember: Itโ€™s the first characteristic of a Champion.

Oh! One more btw: You remember the Greek word for excellence? Areteฬ, of course.

Soโ€ฆ It turns out that we could call Benโ€™s book Chasing Areteฬ.

Andโ€ฆ What does Aristotle tell us we need to do to experience the ultimate good of eudaimonia? Basically, we need to MAXIMIZE VIRTUEโ€”which is exactly what Ben teaches his athletes, only he calls it character.

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