To become supremely successful at what you do, just like an elite athlete, you have to operate under a set of different ideals, and develop skills that the average person or business owner doesn’t have. Looking at the upper echelon of athletes: no matter what the sport, they all have a set of characteristics that help to make them successful.
1. Elite athletes have chosen their sport and developed their position within that sport. They’ve figured out exactly where their skills work best. Whether it’s a sprinter, a linebacker, pitcher, or a swimmer, they all have their specialties. They’ve focused and honed their skill set to be the best in their particular area. How much better could your business be if you focused on your talents and found others to take over the things that are not within your skill set?
2. The determination of the elite athlete is an amazing thing. Hours and hours of training, practice, and competition go into developing their skill at their chosen sport. Their mindset is to be the best, and that requires them to do whatever they have to do, to be at the top of their game. Getting up early, squeezing in workouts, battling mental fatigue, and physical stress, are all part of that game. Even knowing when it’s time to take a break and regroup. Heart and soul, they are committed. What are you doing every day to hone your skills and create your competitive advantage to make yourself better at what you do?
3. The best athletes in the world all have great coaches. They don’t ask their best friend for advice, they work with someone who knows the game. A coach who will improve their skills, and continually challenge them to improve their performance. Mixed martial artists, for example, have different coaches for martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, strength training, conditioning, and even meditation. Every part of their game is continually broken down and refined. They learn from the best coaches in every area to sharpen their skills. To be the best, means you always have to be looking to get better in each area of the profession. Who is helping you to redefine your game, and holding you accountable for your actions?
4. World-class athletes continually set new goals for themselves and look for ways to better their last performance. For the swimmer or sprinter, 1/100 of a second can be the difference between receiving a medal on the podium, or watching the medal presentations from the sidelines. Continually striving to be better makes all the difference in the world. How are you setting your goals and creating a better experience for your customers, so you can advance your business?
As an elite entrepreneur or business owner, you are really no different than that world-class athlete. To be the best, you have to do all the things that will create success, so you can reach for, and, firmly grab that golden ring.
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