Top Athletes in their sport today achieving success share parallel attributes.
When you hear the words “top athlete” who comes to mind? A few weeks ago, I posted this question on my facebook page and there were a number responses.
I narrowed the list down to four athletes in different sports and then decided to dig deep into what are they doing to elevate themselves in their chosen job.
What I found was interesting, these athletes while in different sports share similar DNA to their dominance in their chosen profession.
So, can we as individuals working in roles not seen in the media, tap into the top athlete’s success DNA? I believe anyone can.
Ok, are you wondering who made the list? Here are the top four athletes and the attributes you can instill in your life.
Love What You Do – Serena Williams
Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and 8 runner ups to the Grand Slam. The Grand Slam consists of winning the: US Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open in one consecutive year.
Her winning percentage is 77% and she has beat 12 different players who have been ranked #1 in the World of tennis.
Her dominance on the court is fueled by loving what she does. In addition to loving what she does, she would forget to pick up her checks from winning tournaments.
“I never, never picked it up. So at the end of the year, the tournament director’s would literally hand me the check because I would never go get it.”
This type of action embodies her love for the game.
Do you love what you do? Would you do it even if you didn’t cash your checks?
Serena, being a champion understands to win consistently, requires a pure love for doing what she does.
Have A Competitive Mindset
To dominate at the level Serena has, she has a mindset of perfection in every match. She works on and off the court to strive for perfection. The way she commands this type of mindset drives everything she does.
Last summer Serena had this to say on the quest for perfection, “I’m getting there. I don’t think I’m there yet. I feel like it takes time to get there.” “I’m always striving for perfection.”
Developing your competitive mindset begins with having the inner fire to get better every day. In addition to having that fire that burns from within, you need to understand what areas should I seek to improve in. Once defined, take immediate action and work at it, as you need air to breathe.
Lewis Hamilton, races in formula 1 or F1. He is a five-time Formula one champion winning in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Moreover, he is considered to be the best driver in his generation and widely the greatest driver in the history of F1 racing. He has held 83 pole positions!
In an article posted last September, Lewis Hamilton’s Quest For Perfection, he discusses his desire to get better and it starts by learning and applying what is learned.
When Lewis doesn’t win, he is seeking to learn more.
“Winning is definitely the ultimate goal, the lessons learned when I don’t win only strengthen me.”
Similarly, Lewis and Serena share the quest for perfection and the desire to continue to learn and improve.
What is something you recently failed at or are struggled in? What are the lessons you can apply to elevate your performance?
Develop a thirst to be a learner and apply what you learn to achieve success.
Written goals short and long term – Simone Biles
Simone Biles, the 2016 Olympic individual women’s gymnastics all-around champion and four-time world all-around champion 2013-2015 and 2018. She is the only woman to have achieved this in her sport.
To become an all-around Champion in women’s gymnastics, Simone exceeded in every apparatus: vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.
At an early age, Simone’s grandmother had her write down her goals, short term, and long term. She would focus on the goals by taking little steps to achieve them. In this CBN News piece, Simon shares her goal journey.
Writing down your goals sounds easy, yet millions of individuals never take the time to write them down. According to Goalbond, only 3 out of 100 adults write down their goals.
Have you taken the time to write down your goals?
I know. TIME! You don’t have time right?
Listen to Grandmother and take the time to write down your goals. Above all, you owe it your future to find the time to write them down, just like this top athlete is doing.
Saquon Barkley, an NFL running back for the New York Giants earned Offensive Rookie of the year in the 2018 season and rushed for 1,307 yards (the 2nd most yards in his first year in the league.)
Saquon’s story is interesting in that he wanted to quit football at a young age. He wasn’t having success and he just wanted to stop playing. However, his father pushed him and he continued.
Many times you see athletes on their field of play and believe they achieved success due to their God-given talent. This is not the case, they work harder and smarter mentally and physically.
What we don’t see is their daily routine. The way they conduct themselves, pushing to get better, learning, watching, taking action and using it to fuel their performance.
Will You Develop The Top Athlete Way?
Regardless if you have heard of all the athletes above or not, the guiding principles expressed can be applied in your life. The question is not if you have time to implement. The question is, will you allow yourself to perform in your profession and family roles as a champion?
Develop the fire within, love what you do, have a competitive mindset, be a consistent learner, have written goals and a strong work ethic and you can stand on top of the podium of life.
Share in the comments, which attribute will you embody.
ps. The Introspection to Inspiration Journal I wrote was featured in a news article.