All great athletes have certain qualities in common. In fact, superstars in any field or discipline have common bonds of high standards, a commitment to excellence, dedication, a robust work ethic and a strong resistance to difficulties in their paths. They overcome adversity and seek challenges. Let’s take a look at the attributes and qualities championship athletes have that place them into the superstar category.
Let’s see what they can teach us so we can use those same mental game tools in our own lives. They have:
1. Composure, Poise and Presence. Champions maintain balance under the most extreme adversity. They don’t panic. They’re able to focus, stay relaxed and continue to walk the walk. They stay positive and act confidently to handle stress.
2. Confidence In Self. Champions believe in their capabilities and know what they can do. They maintain this sense of self even under pressure, or when things are not going well. They remind themselves that they have succeeded in tougher times than these.
3. Eternal Hope. Champions fight to the end. They never give up. They continually seek ways to win and experiment with tactics to turn things around in their favor. They truly believe that there is a way to win, and they just have to discover it.
4. Pacing Skills. Champions know when to take a break and relax. They know how to control the clock so they get a rest. They know that working non-stop leads to burn-out. They have the experience to know when to cruise and when to turn it on.
5. Control Factor Awareness. Champions know what they can control, what they can only influence and what is out of their control. They focus only on those things within their control or influence and let go of the rest.
6. Self-Awareness. Champions know themselves well. They understand what they need to do to perform well. They are aware of themselves in the moment and can make needed adjustments. They listen to their bodies, their minds and their emotions.
7. The Ability To Learn. Champions absorb experience very rapidly. They learn from every outing, good or bad. They seek feedback from others and consider all sides to infuse new techniques and methods into their play. They see what needs to be done to improve and win.
8. Coachability. Champions are coachable. They seek help from those who are more experienced. They form collaborative partnerships with those who can help them. They appreciate the art and science of coaching and make it an integral part of their training program.
9. A Strong Work Ethic. Champions know that hard work leads to confidence and the belief that they deserve to win because they have paid their dues. They know that hard work staves off self-doubt and lack of action. They know that practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent. Only practice that is perfect makes perfect.
10. Commitment. Champions dream big and they make a pact with themselves to reach those goals. They stay on track in spite of setbacks. They continually remind themselves of their goals and readjust those goals as they are met. They make a commitment to train hard and follow-through no matter what.
Champions have control over themselves and yet can control only certain aspects of their performances. They know what factors they cannot control and let those go. They have practiced continuous improvement long before it became a buzzword. They learn well from themselves, from those around them and from their environment. They embrace winning, competition and reaching their potential as athletes and as persons. We can learn a tremendous amount from them.
5 Mental Skills Soccer Champions Possess
To reach the top level in soccer, an athlete must certainly be in top physical form. So what mental skills do you need to possess?
Commitment is usually one of the things that successful teams attribute to their success. Lack of commitment is usually one of the things identified in teams that fail.
Convenient – This person will do the job when he or she feels good or feels like doing it. This person will often start toward a goal but quit if it gets too difficult. This person is comfortable contributing to an apathetic culture.
Compliant – This person will do the job if it is required to be part of the team. He or she will do what is asked and little more. Compliance is watered-down commitment and this person will be happy in a culture that is happy with being good (not great).
Conditional Commitment – This person is selfish and will do the job if it benefits his or her personal agenda. This person filters everything through what he or she is personally gaining and will be committed if everything goes his or her way (points, playing a certain position, playing time, goals). This person will be on board as long as things are going well and the team is winning and will demonstrate committed behaviors as long as it doesn’t get too difficult or he or she is expected to practice too hard. This individual will turn on the team when things get tough and cannot be counted. Do not sacrifice your team covenants for these selfish individuals regardless of how talented they are.