At Rio 2016, Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps became immortal in the history of Olympic games. Rio 2016 may be the last Olympic outing for both of these legends but in the last 12 years both of them have ruled the world of sports in their own ways. They have proved to be the best every single time they walked into the Olympic games. It is evident that they are unbeatable, winning is their habit and it comes to them naturally. Fans around the world are Awe-struck with their consistency. They are real life superheroes who not only add glamor to the sport but also inspire millions of youngsters worldwide to follow their path. They are true Champions.
When you see any Champion of this stature, you are bound to think that they are special. They are god gifted. But is it just the special talent that is taking them to these heights? Or is it something else? Did they become Champion overnight? Did they ever fail? One needs to ask these questions to understand the making of Champions. What are champion players made of? How do they manage to stay at the top every single time they perform? And on the contrary why are some players so inconsistent?
After reading through the success stories of various sporting legends we thought it is worthwhile to share some of the key qualities that Champions players excel at, these are the attributes that differentiate a Champion player from an ordinary player...
It is all in the mind
Champion players dream BIG with open eyes. They set their targets high and work towards a plan to achieve their target. They hate mediocracy. They have the hunger to succeed and be the best in what they do. They first win the race in their mind and then on the ground.
Practice makes a man perfect
Champion players train themselves every single day, the performance that they show in the final or on the field during a match is the result of the hard work that they put into practice every single day. They don't give themselves any excuses, they just practice hard every single day. Consistency is the key to their success.
Champions have far more mental strength than the other ordinary players. They concentrate and focus on their own strengths and at the same time analyze the strength/ weakness of their opponents. This helps them capitalize on the opportunities with the best of their abilities. They always think success.
Physical fitness plays an extremely important role in the career of every sportsperson. They follow a very strict fitness regimen and have a much disciplined diet plan.
The Right Attitude
They have the right positive attitude towards their game. Champions have a very honest and disciplined approach towards their work. They have a source of self-motivation within themselves. They treat their opponents with respect and never let Ego come in their mind irrespective of a win or a loss. If they lose, they learn the right lesson and come back with double preparation. Who would believe that Usain bolt has lost 100 meters race to Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake on two different occasions, but he has taken lessons from those races and come back even stronger to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in 100 meters, 200 meters and 4*100 meters relay.
Coaching and Support Staff
What we see on TV or stadiums are the players, but the support staff and the coach work day and night behind the scene to bring the players to that stage. Right coaching and an equally efficient support staff are critical contributors to the making of legends.
Champion players need to make a lot of sacrifices to reach at the top of their game. Sacrifices may be big or small but every bit of it counts towards the end when the sweet fruit of their hard work blossoms in front of the entire world. Indian Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said in a recent interview that he stopped his ward Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, popularly known as P. V Sindhu, from using her mobile phone for 3 months before the 2016 Rio Olympic games. This was required to keep her away from the social media/ news so that she could concentrate on her game. Not only that he also stopped her from eating ice-cream/ curd which were her favorite dishes. This was essential for her to continue her fitness regimen and eventually the sacrifices paid out when P.V Sindhu won the Woman's Single Badminton Silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Other than the support staff and the coach, family members of Champion players play a very large role in their making. Not every player has the luxury or the financial support at home to get best of the training facilities. This is where the support from the family and friends come in handy. The trust and backing of parents, siblings, relatives and friends all contribute in a big way towards the making of great sport personalities.
Ability to adapt to the situation
Unlike others Champions have the tact sensitivity to adapt to the new conditions. They don't let the surroundings, climate changes and location changes impact their game. Sometime they may not get best of the facilities in the new cities or countries that they visit. Sometimes they may also not get the food of their choice but they dont let these things impact their game. They concentrate on the game and ignore the other short comings. They move ON.
Rising to the occassion/ Killer Instinct
Champion players love big stages. They rise to the occassion and lift their game by putting in extra effort in the BIG contests like Olympics. They have the ability to convert the nervous energy into positive energy whenever they walk to play the finals. They push themselves from within because they want to outperform their own best performance, they compete first with themselves and then with others. Killer instinct and never say die attitude always keeps them on the top against worthy opponents.
Real life challenges are not much different from sports. The points mentioned above are few of the key attributes or qualities possessed by the sporting Champions but these qualities are so powerful that they can help one win in their own game of life. These qualities are not just restricted to sports. If we have the grit and resolve we can become Champions in our own way in whatever we do at work or life in general.
To summarize, here are some famous quotes from the greatest sportsmen which tells you the secret of their success...
Usain Bolt Quotes...
"Don't think about the start of the race, think about the ending"
"The Sky has no limits, neither do I..."
"Some of you guys doubted me. I just had to show the world I was the greatest"
Michael Phelps Quotes...
"If I didn't swim my best, I'd think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends. It would drive me crazy"
"I found something I Love...And Never Gave Up"
"If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do"
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