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Feeling and thinking mean nothing. It’s what you do with your thoughts and feelings that determine your success.
Take more action in the direction you want to go. If your dream is to be phenomenal at sport, then take action towards achieving this goal.
Throughout Andre Agassi’s book, he describes many times his hate for the sport of tennis. It’s clear by the end that he is able to deal with his hatred of tennis because he has learned to love it.
Without adversity, you won’t have the building blocks for success.
Andre Agassi describes winning as very anti-climatic. He explains that losing is the hardest part because it lasts ten times longer than the winning feeling.
We expect the good feeling of winning and achieving to last a long time, but it never does. Remember that everything we do in life is typically to chase some positive feeling.
One of Andre Agassi’s career challenges was that he was trying to hit a winning ball every time. Towards the end of his career, he learned that not winning every ball, and remaining steady and consistent was far more crucial to him winning.
Rather than win at every task you do, try to remain consistent and concentrate on getting just that little bit better with a solid routine of habits.
When Andre Agassi describes becoming number one, he says that he felt nothing. Even when winning important games, he describes the feeling as only lasting a short time.
You can’t rely on winning to be your day-to-day motivation. You have to be able to live a fantastic day every day even if you haven’t won or achieved anything significant.
There’s nothing interesting about constant success. We all get excited when we see someone struggle and then get to experience their comeback.
We’ve all fallen from grace at some stage in our life, and the journey back to the top is where all the growth and positive feelings lie.
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Never be motivated by your greed. Chihiro was primarily motivated by a purpose – rescuing her parents.
Help others on their purposeful journey to the destination. When you help people around you with your generosity and tenacity, people feel the gratitude to help you back even if you don’t ask for it.
Show your gratitude and say thanks to the people who have ever helped you in any way.
Continued determination is the key to success.
Keep faith in your action irrespective of the outcome. Eventually it will pay off.
Don’t be content with the precious gifts you have received without working hard for having them. They are illusionary and treacherous and can betray you at any point in time.