Saturday, September 10, 2011

All Our Dreams Can Come True--If We Have the Courage to Pursue Them

Sports psychologists have identified six re-occurring traits common among gold-medallist athletes.  These "traits of a champion" apply to both men and women, and are also dominant factors in the lives of those who succeed in non-athletic vocations.

1.  Self-Analysis:  These successful athletes know their strengths and weaknesses, and engage in critical appraisal that is honest, but never negative.

2.  Self-Competition:  Winners know they can only control their own performances, so they compete against their own best efforts, not that of others. 

3.  Focus:  The champion is always "in the present," concentrating on the task at hand.

4.  Confidence:  Successful athletes control anxiety by setting tough but reasonable goals.  As goals are reached, confidence increases.

5.  Toughness:  This is a mental trait that involves accepting risk and trying to win, rather than trying not to lose.  Winners see change as opportunities and accept responsibility for their own destinies.

6.  Having a game plan:  Even elite athletes know talent is not enough.  They have a game plan.

Everyone can develop these traits.  Everyone!

Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear to not  be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.
1 Chronicles 28:20

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