I’m not sure why I thought about writing this article. People look up at athletes, they admire them for their talent, abilities, and their fitness and physique. This perfection we see seems very far and difficult to reach as us. Yet….the truth is….they are no different than you.
They have 2 legs and 2 arms just like you. A brain, skeleton and muscles just like you. Yet, what makes them so talented that they can achieve what other can only dream of? And what can you learn from them to achieve your own aspirations?
Talent counts for very little, maybe 20%. The rest is sweat, tears and sometimes blood.
Do you think athletes “feel like training” all the time? Top athletes train for hours every day. They have dietary restrictions, have to sleep a certain amount of hours every night. They have specific goals and training plans and more. Above all this:
1. They are committed
They commit to master one thing and one thing only. They may train in other sports but THE ONE is the one they master throughout their career.
Jumping from one sport to another within a few years will not get you anywhere.
You might think 12 months of consistent training is enough. Nope, that’s just the beginning of your journey.
2. They are consistent
For year and years, not 5 or 6, but 10 or 20. They seldom miss a training session. There are athletes who have families and jobs, but they don’t come with excuses not to do their training.
3. They keep going no matter what
When they fall they get up. When they fail they try again. If one thing doesn’t work they try another, and another until they find the one that does work.
How many times did you give up because you haven’t seen results in 3 months, or massive results within 12 months? Many athletes train for years and years before they enter some competitions.
They also train for years to compete a few minutes and…..they lose. Someone has to be on the first place and it’s not always you. Still, they keep training.
4. They have coaches
When the tough get tough who has their back? Their coach. Don’t think coaches are reserved only for athletes. If they, who know so much about their sports, have a coach, so should you.
5. They sacrifice
Sounds tough but that is the truth. There are a lot of sacrifices, but the rewards are worth the sacrifice.
Next time you see someone on a podium, don’t forget they started from zero and worked their way up. Also remember talent can only get someone so far, hard work over long periods of time will get you where you want to be.
Questions? As always you can contact me any time.