A Successful Setup: Athlete Diary by Lisa J. Roberts, Sponsored Professional Triathlete
You’ve got a good coach or training plan and a goal ahead. You’re determined and ready to hit the ground running to achieve that goal. Excellent! But that’s only part of the story. Here are my three pillars to being successful – not only in sport, but in day-to-day life.
- Environment: Just about everyone has been in an environment, job, or group situation where the chemistry was off and it just seemed stifling, or even toxic. Not the best place to grow and be your best. Putting yourself in the best possible environment – the people, the facilities, the landscape – that inspires and encourages you to be your best is a critical component to being successful. So ask yourself if there is anything about your environment that could be changed in order to help you.
- Work Ethic: You’ve got to be committed to the process and the day-in/day-out work to be successful. This includes creating a schedule and sticking to it, and being punctual, professional, and self-disciplined. You quietly and steadily do the work not for short-term glory, but for the long-term goal. This may mean you stick to a schedule of going to bed to be sure you’re getting enough sleep, setting your alarm to get up in time to accomplish what needs to be done for that day. And yes, that includes allowing time to relax.
- Attitude: Your most valuable property is that space between your ears. And let’s face it: not everything will be sunshine and roses, no matter how hard you try or how well you plan. It is easy to be positive when you feel happy, when life is going well; it’s your attitude when the chips are down – when things are hard – that determines a successful outcome. Your ability to see the forest for the trees and not let negative thoughts determine your course of action will see you through even some of the most difficult situations and continue your path toward success.
You may notice I don’t have pure talent on this list, and that is for a very good reason. Even the most talented people cannot find their way to success if they aren’t in the right environment or don’t have the work ethic and attitude to develop their talents!