Are great athletes born or made?
This is a question you have probably been wondering for awhile. I can tell you that all great athletes have similar qualities. Vince Lombardi once said:
“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”
This is a quote I live by each and everyday and I instill this thought process into the athletes that I train. Ordinary athletes lack the will that all GREAT athletes possess.
What Does it Take to Become a Great Athlete?
GREAT athletes have the desire to be the best they can be. They have the desire to dominate their sport and understand that they were put on this earth for a reason. Weather they are a weightlifter, football player, baseball player or another type of athlete, they realize that they have a burning passion for their craft.
Once an athlete has the desire to be great and the desire to dominate their sport they must COMMIT to it. Dedication includes the commitment to excellence through sacrifice and taking action. For college athletes this means sacrificing social time spent drinking and partying in order to commit to their craft. Professional athletes sacrifice time that could be spent with their family and loved ones. Nobody said being a great athlete would be easy but all great athletes make sacrifices. Elite athletes also find time to train hard, work on their skill and do whatever else is necessary. They do not make bullshit excuses like 90% of the other athletes out there.
Simply put determination is the will to get shit done. DO WORK SON! I’ve talked about this numerous times in the past but I can’t stress it enough. How you deal with adversity is a true measure of character. Great athletes know how to deal with adversity. They posses the determination to overcome road blocks and obstacles because they understand the bigger picture. Great athletes are highly motivated from within and do not need any motivation from their coaches. They understand the importance of practice and constant hard effort.
Is it any wonder why the best athletes make great leaders? If you are an athlete that wants to play at the next level weather it be high school, college or professional, ask yourself how bad do you really want it?
What are you willing to do to reach your goals?
Are you willing to sacrifice partying and drinking and the normal life for something much more rewarding?
Most athletes aren’t willing to do this because they are content with fitting in and being mediocre.
Challenge yourself and be the best that you can be.