What is the secret of success? The main difference between someone who succeeds and others who fail lies in the mental approach to life.
“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability”– Bruce Jenner
This article will analyze in three steps the “stairway to achievement”, demonstrating the importance of the mental approach while facing difficulties.
What could illustrate this process better than the words of three successful men who focused on their target and made everything to reach their goal, making their dream become a reality.
You can read the name of the first athlete in the list of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, he has won 4 Super Bowl titles, has been named 2 times as the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and once awarded the NFL’s Most Valuable Player title – Terry Bradshaw.
On second, an athlete able to won eleven Olympic medals (8 gold ) and to hold the world record in five events in swimming: Matt Biondi.
Last we have a man who doesn’t need any presentation, he is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in the history of the sport, the legend: Muhammad Ali.
1. Set your goal
When planning your training, the first thing that you have to do is to prepare your mind on what you’re going to face.
“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge” – Terry Bradshaw
When you set your training target you have to challenge yourself: your goal might seem unachievable, your mind might consider it crazy, but it will motivate you to go through moments when you want to give up, it will remind you why you started and why you should keep going on.
Understand the difference between the person you are today and the one you want to become. This motivation will push your climb on the stairway to success. Looking back, you realise every time you had to push yourself, you made a step closer to your objective.
Once you´ve reached your goal, you´ll see that it was not that impossible at all, all you needed was to set your mind in a right way and have the motivation to go on.
2. Track your progress
While driving to reach a destination far away, the only way to understand how much there is still to go, is to count the kilometers driven.
Having control over your process while training is same essential. You stress both your body and your mind, and by realizing your accomplishments, it will be easier to get the fuel to move on.
It’s a long way from start to reaching your goals and to seeing the final results.
I’d like to underline the word “see”: we all train to feel good in our body somehow and the lack of visible improvements can sometimes be discouraging. Here is where the importance of tracking your performances with strength analyzing devices appears: it gives you visibile proof of something invisible to an eye. It gives chance to be proud of your everyday small improvements (like pushing the same weight faster). Trackers give you a pat on the back saying: man, you’re doing it right.
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement” – Matt Biondi
This kind of mental support is crucial to maintain the motivation and keep the focus on the target.
3. Never give up
A common problem various sportsmen face is feeling themselves done once achieved their original goal. The secret here is to keep challenging yourself with new dares, pushing always harder than before.
Either mastering new capabilities or working to maintaining the desired level of performance, one should focus on the goals and never give up.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”– Muhammad Ali