In Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1933 Presidential Inaugural Address he coined the phrase which will forever resonate in the heart of a champion. To quote:
“…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”
In 1933 the depression was at its worst. Instead of taking an approach focusing on rebuilding America and recovering great financial losses, FDR took a more solemn, even spiritual tone. He used only broad terms as to how he was going to govern and reminded Americans that their purpose in life transcended the financial debacle. He referred to the nation’s “common difficulties” which concerned “only material things.”
I’ll back up a bit to provide you with a fuller excerpt of FDR speech:
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”
Having a Champion’s Mindset involves a deep connection with your belief in your goal. At times, you’ll need to touch others with a spiritual connection in order to lift them up to take action, to convert fear into progress.