Sports champions know how to win and accomplish their dreams. They have learned the secrets of being the best at mental game concepts. They know what these principles mean, and they honour and apply them during their training and in competitions.

Examine the following winning principles of sports and see how you can apply them to your daily life:

1. Extra effort

Going the extra mile can make the difference between winning and coming second. It means making the extra effort when you are tired, when victory is not guaranteed or when the situation looks bleak. Champions routinely push themselves to be where they are.

2. Get it done

High achievers use this phrase constantly to display their commitment to the task at hand.

Once they have committed themselves to winning, they will do whatever it takes to beat the odds and there is no doubt that they will usually succeed.

3. The killer instinct

Champions know how to finish off a competition once they establish a lead. They have no qualms about defeating the opponent. They keep their sights aimed at victory and are unrelenting as they forge ahead.

4. Raising your game

Champions know that they need to step up their performance levels at various stages of a contest. To seize the opportunity to win, the champion digs deep within himself for the all-encompassing desire to succeed, taking him to the next level.

5. Coming from behind

Champions know how to win even on a bad day. They hope for the best but also expect the worst. They are able to pick themselves up and find a way to win, even if it is not a pretty sight.

6. Playing to win

Champions are not bashful or ashamed to say that they love to win. They play positively, confidently and are out to win. They take bold, yet reasoned chances, and believe they will emerge victorious.

7. Avoid playing with fear

Losers play with fear. They worry about making errors, indecisive and doubt themselves. When they are in the lead, they are fearful of losing it.

On the other hand, champions hate to lose more than they love to win and will do everything in their power to achieve victory.

8. Avoid "protecting a lead"

Champions don't attempt to protect leads; they seek to increase them. Losers concentrate on protecting a lead and end up squandering it.

Champions step up to the plate and push themselves harder because they let the surge of confidence take over and increase their momentum.

9. Digging deep

Champions live for those pivotal make or break moments. They compete to have a taste of those moments when an additional backbreaking push will propel them to victory. They want to have a story to tell and want their triumph to go down in history.

10. In the zone

High achievers know how to climb into an optimal performance zone and ride the wave of success. They know how to get into the flow and allow victory to happen.

11. Getting the momentum

Peak performers understand and use momentum to their advantage. Every competition has momentum and the secret is to identify and tap into it. Winners increase their success by ramping up energy levels and taking chances.

12. Don't play mind games

A true champion does not play mind games. A champion is already aware of the potential mind games his opponents may use and is ready for them.

Some champions are born this way; some developed these winning attributes. Be inspired by these champions and model yourself on them. If they can win the mental game of sport, you can win the mental game of life.