Attributes of Winners

9 Sep
Professional Triathlete, Andy Drobeck

Professional Triathlete, Andy Drobeck

There are lots of attributes that can be associated with winners and successful people.

In his article, Release Your Inner Elite, Professional Triathlete, Andy Drobeck, lists ten attributes that he believes elite athletes share.

I think Andy’s article is terrific, and I also think his “attributes” apply more broadly than just to elite athletes.  I think these attributes are central to the success of positive thinkers and winners.

Here is Andy’s list:

  1. Strong motivation and work ethic: This is pretty obvious, right? It takes an attitude of doing the work and not cutting corners.
  2. Goal oriented: This is where a plan of action combines with work ethic. Setting a goal, sticking to it, and seeing that goal through.
  3. Fearless: Nobody is completely fearless. But you can’t be afraid to fail and learn from adversity, not dwell on it.
  4. Positive: Focus on what’s going well. Focus on the benefits of what you’re doing. Be happy.
  5. Focused: Stay the course. Don’t be too broad in your goals. Think about 1 day or one workout at a time.
  6. Patient: Things don’t happen overnight. It can take years to develop.
  7. Confident: Knowing you can do what you set out to do. Believe in yourself. Shape confidence through practice and experience.
  8. Non-emotional: Keep the drama low. Anxiety low. Control your emotions and be cool like a cucumber. Freaking out and getting over emotional generally results in poor performance.
  9. Rehearsed: Be prepared for workouts or events by mentally rehearsing them in your head and visualizing successes.
  10. Willingness to sacrifice: This is the hardest of them all because there is a line between sacrifice and obsessiveness (of which I’m sometimes accused). Missing beers on the boat to go for a long ride might be necessary; missing the birth of your first son… you might want to skip the workout. The line is different for everybody but there has to be some willingness to sacrifice some other activities that you may want to do.


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