But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

- Muhammad Ali

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

” I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.


Matthew Sayed suggests that BELIEF, rather than ability will determine our level of success.

In developing YOUR craft to the fullest with hard work, persistence, patience and especially PRACTICE, discover the champion in YOU!

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Success, Success Principles, Motivation, Inspiration, Sports Psychology, Sport, Mind, Mind Control, Positive Thinking and Positive Psychology (enough there now, craig!)

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In summary…

Relevant and powerful is perceptual awareness (and not better reactions) that makes the difference in performance between elite sports-people… Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. but in the mind.

The psychologist Ericson was right. It’s about the transformational power of practice – the time and immense effort you put in to develop your skills. Excellence is the consequence of thousands of hours of practice, but champions need skills to translate under pressure.

Belief in God liberated some champions to play great sport. The central fundamental theme of this fascinating and compelling book hinges on a word BELIEF – that excellence depends on many hours of practice, rather than our innate abilities.

A glimmer of hope for me then…



” Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. “

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One person with a dream can accomplish more than 100 others without one. Practice is transformative, not only for the body… Eg: “With God (or Allah) on my side, I couldn’t lose.”

- Muhammad Ali (and British triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards)

In other words, the ‘placebo effect’ transcends medicine:

“Positive illusion”

Champions also use mental tools, like:

Positive affirmations


Positive imagery

by Matthew Sayed, a journalist with the Times of London (and published by a division of Harper Collins)


Most importantly,

have FUN enjoying the life journey

Shared by Craig Lock


“Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you’re lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. and that these skills are acquired, then developed over many years.

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This piece may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. To develop the complexity of skills takes many thousands of hours.

However, champions also need opportunity (or rather opportunities). Enough there now, craig. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high.”

- Harriet Du Autermont

“He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.

Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become.”

- James Allen

OK, then I’ll just add a bit to the article. Your “signature” is already longer than your article!

Shared by: Craig Lock

Category (key words): Books, Bounce, Matthew Sayed. If it helps others “out there” on the pathway to success (and most importantly, happiness), then we’re very happy. If you have a burning desire, you can accomplish anything. The biographies of great men and women are full of stories of how they did seemingly impossible things because they had a dream.”

- author unknown

Article Title: A “Review” of the Book ‘Bounce’: How Champions are Made (by Matthew Sayed)

STOP. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. There is no short-cut to the very top, to become a champion. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Sayed maintains that It (success) is not about talent