COMMIT TO A HIGHER LEVEL
Basically, punch above your weight.
“If you want to be a wolf, run with wolves.” - Unknown
You must be unwilling to accept the bracket you have set yourself in. Search for others with the skills, attributes and mindset you desire. This doesn’t have to be in your local gym, it can be online, in a book, over a podcast or social media. It is important that you associate with those who are levels above your own. Its is demoralising initially and can be understandably overwhelming, but being around these athletes gives opportunity for you to assess what they are doing extra which puts them in that category. You will then be able to apply this consistently and will be pushed to new levels, as the demand of the environment will dictate superior abilities.
Either your self confidence or ego will try and get in the way doing this. DO IT ANYWAY. People don’t want to commit incase they feel like and/or are seen as a failure, this is very natural, don’t shy away from it… confront it! Get right in its face and scream SO WHAT! I’ll make this crystal clear… no one gives a shit!! No one cares if you get knocked out, no one cares if you finish last, no ones interested! People have got their own life to deal with no one is following you through life counting how many times you fall down apart from you. So, i come last in a race or 9th in a competition, yes i might be disappointed and people will always pass judgement but make it your business not to care. An athlete focuses on THEM, fuck everybody else and their negativity. Its far greater to come last in a category of superstars, than win something you know your capable of. Make a commitment to a higher level, go train with the guys and girls with the reputations, go to the gym thats got the highest standard and biggest fear factor, sign up to a higher level of competition and grind like hell until your a serious competitor in that category.
If your the top dog in the room, your in the wrong room!!!
Grow some stones and set targets that you will have to grow in every sense of the word to achieve.