This blog post is going to introduce you to our perspective on what it takes to become a champion like creamer sports. We won’t be telling you about specific technique, training plan or diet so much as the basic principles that we have found manifested in those who have gone on to earn titles and championships. We’ll call these ‘best practices’ for the sake of brevity, but you may find other names for them such as Life Lessons, Characteristics of Champions or Performance Mindset Factors.
10 best practices for sports are:
1. Take a stand on something –
l understand how it may be difficult to see in the agonizing, emotional and exhausting moments of competition, but if you want to become a champion you must have something to stand for. In our experience and observation, champions are people who have a very defined vision that they want to achieve. They do not settle for less than what they want because they believe if they settle for less, then that is all that is available.
2. Be a seeker of knowledge –
If you want to be a champion of anything, you have to have passion for the pursuit. The best way to develop passion and seek out knowledge is by seeking out experts in the field and studying what they have to say. Passion, some would argue, is more important than the most perfect technique.
3. Make yourself persistently uncomfortable –
This is another way of saying, you must make yourself uncomfortable in order for change to take place within you. If there isn’t some level of discomfort happening then there isn’t an opportunity for growth or development to take place within your mind or performance levels. This can be practice, training or competition related. We have found that sports champions are constantly searching for ways to break themselves out of their comfort zone.
4. Make a vow to endure –
Championship caliber athletes and performers practice what they do more times than the average person and they clearly understand the importance of that repetition. In our experience, champions have a never quit mentality which means when things hit the toughest moment, it’s in those moments that champions dig down deep and find within themselves enough tenacity to endure through it all.
5. Find a role model –
There is no success without adversity and no adversity without role models. Champions find people who have been where they are and they look to their lives to see how they took the adversity out of it. In order to build any great life, you must start with a mentor who has survived and overcome similar challenges.
6. Be diligent –
The best way to be diligent as an athlete is through consistency in practice, training or competition. Champions have a drive and desire to accomplish what they set out to do regardless of the difficulty or obstacles in their path. Move forward with conviction that no matter what happens, you are going to make it happen because you will continue working until you succeed anyways.
7. Be focused –
A champion is a person who can train with incredible focus because they have a vision that pulls them towards it. Without focus we are aimless, wandering and lost. With focus, we are able to accomplish our desires and realize our goals.
8. Be thankful –
We have found that the people who win championships or become champions of life, are very thankful for what they have and what they have done to get there. They give thanks for the people in their lives, the mentors and role models who helped them along their journey.
9. Be a role model –
More than anything, champions want to be someone who is inspiring to those around them. They want the people watching their journey of accomplishment and greatness. They want to be the ones who inspire others to strive and reach for excellence like they have.
10. Be persistent –
Pro athletes have a never quit attitude in everything that they do, but in sports we like to call this as “lasting through adversity”. Champions are persistent and they are able to persevere through disappointment and failure when it comes along because they have some level of resiliency built up within themselves. This is a skill we find new athletes need time to develop with practice, training and time under pressure.
Best practices for sports are not something that happens overnight. They are the traits, characteristics and mindset factors that consist of the personality of a champion. We have found that our most successful athletes were able to make these best practices their reality, so they can compete at a championship level within sports and in life.
This is an excellent article. I hope you can apply these ten best practices to your training to help you become a champion. You will find though if you really want to be a champion at something you must dedicate yourself mentally, physically and spiritually towards it.