November 4, 2017
Want to be successful as
an athlete? Great!
All you have to do is bust your butt on a daily basis.
Get in the habit of pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone whenever you train.
Get used to working harder than everyone else around you.
If you truly want to become a champion, then you need to understand
that there is absolutely no substitute for consistent, hard work. NONE!
However, once you’ve done the work and it’s now time to compete, you must temporarily put that “trying harder” mentality to bed. You must NEVER take “trying harder” into the competitive arena with you.
Trying harder is a practice approach that involves pushing yourself physically and mentally.
When it’s time to compete, this kind of headset will tighten your muscles, throw off your timing and ruin your performance. You must be loose and relaxed to perform your best under the hot lights of competition.
The headset that you must bring into the competitive arena is a “trust and let it happen” headset.
You must trust that you’ve done all the hard work. You must trust your coaching and muscle memory, and then just relax and let the performance happen. Thinking that you must “try harder” just because this is a very big, very important game will only get you pressing and “muscling” your performance. Pressing in this way will sabotage your game and rob you of your skills.
Remember, You’ve done the hard work, so when it counts the most you want to relax and let it happen.
DR. ALAN GOLDBERG | SPORTS PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT
Phrases for describing a successful athlete
- It takes drive.
You have to be driven to improve every day. You can't be satisfied with your last performance.
- It takes
You have to be disciplined. You have to follow a strict exercise and eating schedule.
- It takes competitiveness.
You have to be competitive and want to beat your competitors.
- It takes self-confidence.
You have to be confident in yourself and believe that you're a winner.
- It takes aggressiveness.
You have to make moves on your own, not just respond to what other athletes do.
- It takes focus.
You have to be able to focus on the task at hand and tune out any other distractions.
- It takes commitment.
You have to be committed to your sport. You have to give up other hobbies and interests.
- It takes good time management.
You have to be able to manage your time well. You practice for hours and hours each day, on top of school, work, and spending time with friends and family.
- It takes some amount of raw
You have to be naturally talented at your sport. This is something that certain athletes are just born with.
You have to be determined. You can't give up, no matter how hard it seems. When you lose a match or miss a goal, you have to get right back up and try again.
- It takes a high tolerance for
You have to be able to put up with a lot of pain, from pushing your body to its limits.
- It takes adaptability.
You have to be able to adapt to different situations and new information quickly.
- It takes emotional maturity.
You have to be in control of your emotions. You can't let yourself get too nervous, to angry, too depressed, etc.