The 3 Attributes That Will Make or Break Your Sports Success

Thu, 02/10/2014 - 14:10

Despite the resources and efforts of parents, coaches, and other support, the ability to make change and maximize potential will be largely dependent on the following three personal attributes of each athlete, coach, or fitness enthusiast:

Character – Attitude – Commitment

Each of these three areas can be defined in so many ways, and applied to all aspects of personal growth. For example:

Character - What do you do when nobody else is watching?

  • Are you disciplined with your nutrition and recovery?
  • How do you respond to the disappointments of non-selection? Do you drop your head and give up and not support your fellow team?

You must trust yourself first!

Attitude - How much do you really want it?

  • How hard are you prepared to push?
  • Do you really want to make it happen, or do you just wish it would happen?

Work hard in silence, let success make the noise

Commitment - What are you prepared to give up or sacrifice to make it happen?

  • Late nights?
  • Parties?
  • Poor nutritional choices at Take aways?
  • Your favourite TV Show because you know you need to be doing recovery or Training?

“The Edge is in the detail”

As I mentioned in Article #2, being a successful athlete is a 24/7 commitment. If you are fortunate enough to have the guidance of a Trainer or Coach for 2 hours a day, then I interpret that as there are 22 other hours that you can either enhance and maximise the training or compromise any potential gains? The three areas of C-A-C therefore play a huge role in maximising potential. Most young Athletes I have trained that have a passion to succeed, all work extremely hard. Those that actually make it as far as they can all have the common characteristics of “Doing the right thing when nobody is watching”. A great example of this is committing to a Nutrition plan and understanding that food is fuel to feed your machine!

You can never out train bad nutritional habits

In the coming articles I will start to touch on specific areas of recovery and preparation that you can jigsaw together and apply within your own environments. The more you can grasp and apply, the greater your progress will be. From the young kids passionate about their sport, through to International level, the recipe is the same and can easily be applied. Creating the right habits with our youth gives them every opportunity to create success!

You don’t have to be a Springbok to prepare, recover and Play like one”

Click to see part 1 and part 2 of this series.

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