3 Critical Lessons for Sports Success

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 10:16

In creating success in sport, the funny thing about the little things, is that there are no little things.

Before we can get started on any training guidance and advice, it is important that you have taken some time to identify your vision and dream. What do you want to achieve? Where do you or your team want to go? Once you know this, you will have the direction necessary to develop a plan to achieve your goals.

Sell Your Dream

It’s not easy to stay on track or do it alone, regardless of who you are. So it’s important to “Sell your Dream”. This doesn’t mean you must give it away, but rather seek out those who you know will believe in you and your dream – i.e. Mum, Dad, Grandparents, Coaches, etc. Whoever you think will assist you in any way to help keep you moving in the right direction, people who will still believe in you and encourage you when you have flat days or weeks and start to doubt yourself.

Somebody has to wear the sports uniform you are aspiring to, why can’t that be you?

If you come across people that don’t have the same passion for your dream as you, then keep looking for those that do. “Don’t let anyone with a small mind convince your dream is too big”! Somebody has to wear the sports uniform you are aspiring to, why can’t that be you? If your ultimate dream is to be a Springbok in your chosen sport, then let nothing get in your way.

Unrelenting Determination Requires Help

The youth I have been privileged enough to work with that became international athletes have all possessed the same unrelenting determination to succeed and the belief that nothing is going to stop them. This doesn’t indicate that they were arrogant or obnoxious, but more humble and confident in themselves whilst also trusting the process, step by step.

lean on the people you sold your dream to

When the going gets tough, keep your eye on the prize and lean on the people you sold your dream to. If creating success for you means that you must find the time to train at 6am daily, then have someone drag you out of bed kicking and screaming on the cold rainy days, to ensure you do it. You can thank them later!

You Must Earn the Right to Train in the Day

You need to earn the right to train during the day time. Most aspiring athletes at some stage have had to make time around work, study, and school to train toward their goals. Only once you are lucky enough to earn an income in your chosen sport you have earned the right, and expectation, to commit your day toward training.

Professionalism has nothing to do with money, but everything to do with attitude

Professionalism has nothing to do with money, but everything to do with attitude. You can always find a reason not to have time to train. If it is what you really want deep in your heart, then you will make a plan and make it happen! You can’t have a 50% commitment toward your goal and expect to maximize your potential 100%.

The closer you are able to train at 100% in every session, the greater your improvements will be. This doesn’t mean that everything must be done at full pace or as heavy as possible, but more that whatever you have planned to achieve in your session is done with the intensity and accuracy needed.

The “Athlete Tool Box”

Over the coming weeks we will start to jigsaw together the different areas you can start to include in your training environment in order to start seeing the gains you want. Each tip is another tool for your “Athlete Tool Box”. Creating performance isn’t just about the one hour training session, but more influencing your 24/7 to ensure you are best prepared and then maximize the gains from the session. The aim is to avoid one session affecting the next so that you are always aiming to train as close to 100% as possible. “In creating success in sport, the funny thing about the little things, is that there are no little things”.

 

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