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