Being an athlete is about more than just strength, speed, agility, and athleticism (although the development of those characteristics is certainly important). It even goes beyond the genetics and “natural” ability with which you have been blessed.
Being an athlete is also about how you think; how you practice; how you talk (especially self-talk); how you act; and how you dream.
Being an athlete is about setting challenging goals — and working hard toward the achievement of those goals, every day.
Being an athlete is about realizing your long-term objectives and having the discipline to stick to your plan.
Being an athlete means being aware that there will be obstacles along the way, and having the mental toughness to overcome adversity.
Being an athlete involves visualizing yourself succeeding, and positive, encouraging self-talk, along the way.
Being an athlete requires a commitment to constantly improve upon your performance.
Being an athlete means focusing on improving you, and not comparing yourself with others — being better today than you were yesterday.
Here’s a great read from Huffington Post titled, 8 Ways to Think Like an Athlete. The article does a nice job of expanding upon some of the thoughts discussed above. If you are — or aspire to be — an athlete, it’s a “must-read.” And it doesn’t just apply to athletics. The same principles can be applied to school, work, and life.
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