Posted 07/17/2020 in Category 1 by elite4all

Find Your Champion

Find Your Champion

What do you think of when you hear the term champion? Perhaps you think of winning, success, being the best or even undisputed. Maybe you think of it in a more personal way; your values, beliefs, and behaviours. How you choose to look at the term champion could literally make all the difference between you achieving your vision and not. The word champion as a title means someone who has won first place in a competition. As an a action it means someone who fights for a cause. My focus on 'Find Your Champion' is very much an action-based perspective. The cause I want the athletes I work with to champion is every aspect of themselves. I want my clients to see themselves as the cause they are fighting for. 

What does this look like in practice? I follow a pathway with all my clients which consists of three simple steps learn, change and grow. The journey we take through this pathway is collaborative, I involve the client in every step of the journey, we work on understanding findings and determining solutions together, as I have found this produces optimal results. My purpose is to empower athletes to gain control of their life experience, achieving success with their vision, by acting as a catalyst to change, focussing on solutions which inspire meaningful growth.

The ‘Find Your Champion’ Pathway


Within the 'learn' phase the objective is to understand the client’s challenges. I do this through an initial consultation and then depending on the nature of the challenges, we look to add science into this early stage through the assessment of personality and/or belief health checks. Within these early personality assessments, I am looking to understand the client’s tendencies towards confidence, life & emotional control,  mindset and their orientation towards challenge or threat. At the beliefs level I assess the healthiness of the client’s belief systems, specifically towards areas of performance within their sport. After analysing the information from these early assessments, I speak further with the client to gather appropriate context and build the bigger picture. Throughout this process I am identifying areas of strength as well as areas for development, sense checking it against the contextual information received by the client, and then with the client determining the best way forward. We all have at least four things in common that is crucial to learn about ourselves;

1. We each possess a unique personality

2. We each have a personal belief system

3. We each have deeply held values about what is most important to us

4. We each have a unique vision of success and who we want to be

The better we understand these aspects of ourselves and become intentionally engaged in developing them, the more we become empowered to change. 



Within the ‘change’ phase we start to implement the solutions identified previously, it’s important to understand that this is a step by step process, we cannot change everything at once. So, we prioritise the most important changes first, this can vary from building on key strengths to targeting unhealthy behaviours or thought processes. The focus on this phase is training and development. Working on techniques which will evolve into key skills that empower the client to optimise not just their performance but their overall wellbeing. This is the ‘fighting for your cause’ aspect of the pathway. Here the client is taking deliberate action to create the athlete, the competitor and person they want to be. Ultimately within this phase we are building the clients ability to manage stress, pressure and uncertainty through increased mental flexibility and healthier belief systems, that empower and inspire optimal performance in sport and life.



Within the grow phase we are focussing on the exchange of feedback and action, measuring results and progress towards every aspect of the client’s vision. We are effectively evaluating the impact the client is having on finding their champion, or in other words fighting for their cause. Where things are going well, we build on it. Where things are not going well, we review, reflect and refresh; learning from what hasn’t worked and forging better solutions. A favourite quote of mine, which I like to use with all my clients, to highlight the growth process is from Michael Jordan, he said; "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." The objective of the growth phase is to grow towards vision-success, not towards isolated-goal success, and to understand that the vision can change anytime the client chooses. The focus is always on a bigger picture of success, as the incredible Muhammed Ali once said “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses − behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” The key to this phase is to embed an understanding, empowered by new skills and techniques which can perpetuate growth.


In summary, our journey in life is a battle against oneself. Yes, other people will influence and ‘have a say’, but you are your coach, you can either engage with yourself or not. If you do, you can engage on a journey that will empower you in a way you have never felt or known before. You will learn about yourself; you will fight for your cause; you will adapt, change and grow; becoming the athlete and person you want to be. So, what is ‘Find Your Champion’, it’s learning, changing and growing and becoming the very best version of yourself, developing a mindset to overcome everything. Where will that lead? Wherever you want it to, and it will be greater than you could ever have imagined. If you are ready to begin your journey of finding your champion, then get in touch today for a free consultation. 

Timothy Pattenden

Performance Psychologist | elite4all Founder

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