Gameday or lift session, marathon or insane obstacle course, elite athletes have developed habits over time that have helped them stay in the zone and crush their goals. Here are seven habits of the world's greatest:
- They ignore distractions: To be elite means to rise above all the noise and to be better than average. While other people give in to outside influences, elite athletes stick to their plans. They are only focused on one thing: getting the job done.
- They practice visualization: Elite athletes visualize their success. When motivation starts to slip, the thought of crushing a goal is the only fuel they need to keep climbing to the top.
- They self-talk: Elite athletes are great at self-talk. With hectic lives, there are times when doubt, fear or even pain creep in. Self-talk– as direct as it could be, keeps the momentum going.
- They don’t make excuses: You’ll never hear an elite athlete make an excuse for coming up short. Missing a workout, losing a game—there are no excuses. Elite athletes know failure is necessary for success but they stay accountable for their own shortcomings.
- They go big: The expression “go big or go home” doesn’t apply to elite athletes because they always go big. Doing something halfway isn’t ever an option. They are committed to being the best, and that means they are willing to make the sacrifices others won’t. They are ‘all in’ no matter what.
- They don’t look for shortcuts, they look for challenges: The fastest and most convenient way isn’t always the best option. Elite athletes know better than to give into this kind of thinking. Instead, they seek out a more challenging way if it’s too easy.
- They don’t take 'no' for an answer: Fear of rejection doesn’t stop elite athletes because success is the only option. When someone says ‘no’ or ‘you can’t’ it only makes him or her work harder to prove the naysayers wrong.