Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months, and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.
- T. Allen Armstrong
The hours put in at practice and on your own time represent your dedication to your sport and willingness to strive for mastery.
Let’s also remember that all the competitions you participate in play a role. Learning from each experience is key!
All experiences be it practice, training on your own, and competition are all opportunities to improve. And, as mentioned in the past, opportunities to learn from your mistakes and to make better mistakes in the future.
As athletes it’s important to practice and compete to the best of your ability. That way, you can fully learn from each experience.
The hope is that when you make a mistake, you are able to make corrections so you are less likely to repeat the same mistake in the future. And, the more you learn from one mistake, the easier it is to move on and address the next mistake.
So remember, the athletes that make things look easy have put the extra time to address mistakes and to strengthen their game. They aren’t just talented.
Take a moment to define your championship character and what steps you need to take to get there. It takes time, consistency, and desire!
For more information or help defining your championship character, schedule a session with Epic Sport Psychology.