Nine Mental Skills Of Successful Athletes

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Do you want to be a successful athlete? There are many athletes around the world, but only a few will become the greatest of all time. The article “The Nine Mental Skills of Successful Athletes” discusses how being a successful athlete, does not necessarily mean that you have to be an Olympian. It means that the athlete is committed to being the best they can within the range of their limitations(Lesyk). Athletes like this feel as if the sport enhances their life and they feel as if what they get back is worth all the blood, sweat, and tears that are put into the sport(Leysk). Every athlete says that they want to be the best, but as Stephen C. Hogan says, ”you can’t have million dollar dreams with a minimum wage work ethic” (Hogan).Explain.Only
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Being committed means taking what one does seriously. This means that one is willing to sacrifice because they want to become better at what they do. Sacrifice requires giving up what regular people do and being fully invested. For example when Jeff Janssen says, “You don’t hold back but go “all in”, putting in your full attention, energy, and effort to accomplish your goal” (Janssen). This means that athletes are unable to do what regular people do, such as have a social life all the time. For example non-athletes may be able to go to parties every single weekend, but because athletes may have a game or a meet the next morning they must be asleep. When someone is an athlete this does not mean that they can not party it just means that they can not party all the time and that their social life may be limited. At the same time, while the friends of athletes are sleeping an athlete may be up at 5 in the morning on the field, the court, or the track for practice. Athletes can not pick when they are going to practice and when they are not, they have to go all the time even when they are tired and do not feel like it. That is what makes a great athlete a person who is willing to go through everything to accomplish what they want. Being seriously committed involves investing oneself physically, mentally, and emotionally (Janssen). Howard Schultz says,…show more content…
Being successful in general is not an easy thing to accomplish but it is even more difficult in athletics. This is because there are so many amazing athletes in the world and so many athletes that work just as hard. Being an athlete is like being a small fish in a big see, there are tons of athletes waiting on their day to become the big shot. There is a one in a million chance that an athlete will become successful but with perseverance and determination and strength from the Lord an athlete can go as far as they dream of
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