In a previous blog I talked about the importance of encouraging skaters to become independent and to start to take responsibility for their training and their skating ‘career’. In this one, I have put together my formula for a successful athlete.
These are some key points which make for strong foundations in a truly confident mindset. It goes for adult skaters too – only substituting the word ‘parents’ for friends and partners:
The Formula for a Successful Athlete
- Have a hero– someone who inspires you daily towards achieving greatness.
- Do your research – find out as much as possible about the route to your dream.
- Turn your dreams into SMART goals so you have a genuine chance of achieving them.
- Map the route to your goals and put the stepping stones in place – those mini goals along the way.
- Learn everything you can from your coach and about their own journey. There will be a number of coaches along the way – each teaching you something unique and special to form part of your brand of athleticism. Don’t be afraid of the goodbyes and hellos.
- Appreciate your parents’ unconditional love, support and concern for you. Show them you deserve it by being the best ‘you’ that you can be.
- Eat clean. Sleep well. Train hard. Play nice.
- Understand the responsibility that goes with being a role model. No matter what your current level of ability is, you will be a role model to someone somewhere.
- Have a goal for “what next?” – the one that gives meaning to your life when you have achieved all you wanted to in sport.
- Never give up. Ever. Review your goals and re-route your journey, but never, ever give up.
I’ve created a downloadable “infographic” poster, just for you which you can print out and keep, here: “The Formula For A Successful Independent Athlete”
And with a slight tweak, here’s a version for adult skaters: The Formula For A Successful Independent Athlete (adult skater version).