In Becoming Your Own Champion, Duane Martinz teaches readers how to achieve success by creating their own rules to play by. His energetic cry is to declare your own championship season and then do whatever works for you to become a champion.
Early in the book, Duane talks about how too many people sarcastically say when asked how they are, that they are "living the dream." They act like life is a sentence they are serving rather than a gift they can enjoy, and they fail to seek out opportunities to improve their situations and live life on their own terms.
Duane knows the reason that holds most people back is a negative attitude and a failure to believe they can succeed. Rather than focusing on the bad things that happen and using those as our excuses for not moving forward, he suggests: "How about claiming that everything that happens to you is for a great reason-to move you forward and closer and closer to your goal and the person you want to be. Think like W. Clement Stone. Everyone is out to help you and do you good. "
Duane knows it is hard to believe that success and personal fulfillment are possible. We all have fears, but we need to have enough faith in ourselves to take the first step. We don't have to succeed overnight. We just have to say yes to the opportunity. As he states, "That's how we all start-scared, nervous, but finally we say yes! We say yes to success, and then we stress."
Yes, all this advice is easier said than done, but Duane has taken his own advice many times. He has repeatedly overcome the obstacles, fears, and negative thinking that have held him back. What I love about this book is that he also uses very realistic examples we can all relate to. He's not a professional athlete or a multimillionaire, but a guy just like most of us. Because he has not let fear stop him, he has become a successful public speaker, husband, and parent. Nor did he have the easiest upbringing. He came from a large family that did not have a lot of money. Some of his family members tended to party or get in trouble, which made people think less of him by association. He did do great in school, and yet, he decided one day he would be the first in his family to go to college.
One of Duane's practical examples concerns his college experience. He had previously always told himself he was good at math. It was like a refrain running through his head, "I'm not good at math." But when he got to college, he had to take math. Fortunately, he was determined to succeed, and as hard as math was for him, he found a mentor who helped him to change his thinking and he also started reading positive thinking self-help books. Once he started to think, "I can do math," …