Don MacNaughton Coaching

The Winning Edge

“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” – Roy T Bennett


Winners in sport believe in themselves as winners and it’s a belief that may be held long before the physical ability to become a winner has been developed. Many studies revolving around modern sports science and sports psychology have produced convincing evidence to support the idea that the “winning edge” is effectively a psychological edge, or, in other words, an unshakeable self-belief.

Indian philosopher Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.” This is a philosophy that can be applied to all areas of life, not just sport, and whatever it is you want to “win” at, believing in yourself as that winner in the making is key to getting there.

No one is a born winner or a born loser. We all have the same potential to succeed as the next person.

We all have the power to be masters of our own destiny, and you already have within you everything you need to realise your dreams… you just need to recognise the “inner champ.”

Champions become champions from within. Champions (in sport and in life) know who they are, and they know who they want to be. They recognise that getting to the top will take dedicated effort, but they focus all of their energy into practising the physical and mental skills they need to become the best they can be.

Champions are made, not born.

The power to make a champion is inside you.

The more you really want to do something, the more likely it is that you will. Make sure that what you think you want to achieve really is what you want, and that what you’re doing really is what you want to do. Champions in sport and successful people in all aspects of life do what they love and love what they do. Getting to the top in any field is going to take time and dedicated effort, so if you’re not passionate about what you do, are you going to remain motivated to succeed when the going gets tough?

Success is a journey, not a destination.

When you recognise your “inner champ”, you see yourself as the person you want to become. You also recognise that the road from where you are now to where you want to be might be a long and bumpy one. To keep moving forward, you need to make every thought and every action count as another step towards your goal. In other words, you need to keep believing in yourself as the best version of you it’s possible to be.

You are what you believe you are, and your circumstances are an outer reflection of your inner self. As for the winning edge… believe in yourself as your best self and you will become your best self.


Don MacNaughton is a High-Performance Coach and has worked tirelessly to help clients achieve success in the world of sport and business over the past 15 years.   The next, highly popular, NLP Diploma and Life Coaching Certificate course starts in April 2019.  Click here for more information or to sign up.

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