The Attitude Of A Champion!

1) Always give 110%

You can’t control how others perform. You can’t affect how well individual athletes will train or the level of their performance at a competition. The only thing that you can do is make sure that you give 110% and do absolutely everything possible to be the best version of yourself.

The reason I’m saying give more than 100% is to get you into the habit of breaking down your limitations. All restraints are related to our mental toughness, regardless of the sport you are participating in. We get easily accustomed to standardised training sessions. Imagine your coach is giving you a familiar schedule of training on a piece of paper. The session is very demanding but you completed it! Now he/she is asking you to do one more jump, to run one more lap, to swim one more length etc... How would you feel about it? Physically you have the capabilities to do one more exercise but mentally it’s a lot harder to make that decision.

There are other aspects you need to consider outside of your training regime like nutrition and recovery. All aspect that surround your wellbeing should follow the same rule. Do you eat as well as you should? Is your hydration spot on? Do you sleep/rest enough? In other words do you do absolutely everything in your power to optimise your performance? By adopting this attitude you can go a long way towards preventing yourself from negative thoughts and self-judgment. If you gave 110% and someone else was better than you, that’s far enough, at the end of the day you did what you could and you can treat the experience as a learning curve.

 

2) Control your emotions.

You can’t control everything that is happening around you but you can control how you react to things that happen to you.

Injuries are an inevitability part of sport. Most professional athlete will get injured at some point in their career. Some injuries are more serious than the others and they might have a lasting influence on an athlete’s performance. However, research has shown that the way an athlete deals with such a challenge determines the likelihood of them becoming a champion. It sets them aside from the rest of the field. Those who have stepped onto the highest podium are characterised by their exceptional powers of recovery after an injury. In fact not only do they come back to full health, but the return more determine and can be stronger, faster and fitter than they were before the injury.

There are so many extraordinary examples I could give here (however as this is not the aim of the post.) But I want to share with you one of my favourite moments in sporting history, which has inspired me in many ways. I was honoured to witness this demonstration of super human power myself. If you ever don’t feel like it, please watch this 2 minute video and ask yourself what is your excuse?

 

3) Learn how to lose in order to transform every defeat into a victory.

Humans are emotional creatures, and on the way to the top every single athlete has to face hundreds, maybe even thousands of loses. I honestly believe this is the most challenging part of life in sport. How an athlete deals with losing will determine how successful they are in their career. Unnecessary anger, frustration and negative thoughts are likely to affect your training until the situation is digested. You could also suffer from a lack of engagement and lose your self-confidence. Therefore, it is important to make the best of each lost. Analyse every aspect of your performance fairly, looking at both the positives and negatives. Make sure you find a positive way to improve the things that weren’t so good, and as a result of this you will become a better athlete. It is important to treat this as a normal part of each training session. Get into the habit of analysing all of your performances, even if you win or get a new PB! Obviously coaches will be there to help you but there are always ways to develop yourself without them. By doing this you will create a positive attitude in all aspects of your training, regardless of whether you win or lose.

 

4) Love what you do.

It is not a secret that in order to be truly successful you have to be passionate about what you do! If being successful was easy, everyone would be a winner. It’s not difficult to do your job when you feel like it, but the challenge arises when you don’t. In these moments loving what you do is crucial. It is much easier to push yourself, even if you’re tired, sick or going through some kind of personal or family challenge that makes you feel like you want to be in different place.

Sport should bring you joy and fulfilment. Therefore choosing the right sports discipline, as well as transitioning from one discipline to another is a very delicate subject. On one hand you might have an advantage with certain physical attributes helping you perform better but on the other hand you might be totally passionate about different sport.

History has proven many times that undoubtable faith coupled with extreme commitment challenge the notion that some people are genetically predisposition to be better at sport than others.