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Friday, July 20, 2012
No one becomes an elite sportsperson on talent alone. It takes passion, commitment and attitude to make it to the top.
Whether you’re an aspiring athlete or entrepreneur, there’s a lot you can learn from the world’s elite athletes. By emulating the techniques they use to push ahead, win gold and shatter records, it’s possible for anyone to be on their way to accomplishing the remarkable.
Athletes at the top of their game understand all about successful goal-setting. This is what they do:
Adopt concrete goals that aim toward excellence: Elite athletes are very specific about what they want to achieve, right down to the split-second. By developing your own set of specific, long-term goals you can achieve success in any aspect of your life – whether you want to a promotion or to complete a specific project.
Design a training regime, engage coaches and expand your expertise: Athletes are continuously training and expanding their programme to include new challenges – but they never do it alone. Find a mentor you admire, listen to their advice and incorporate it into achieving your goals.
Keep a log of your efforts and outcomes: The best athletes don’t simply create goals; they also rigorously measure how they are tracking to achieve them. Make note of all the actions you take to achieve your personal goals and measure the pay-off received from each one.
Take the long view: Each competition an elite athlete participates in helps them reach their long-term goals. By being tactical about what projects, jobs and roles you take on you can help ensure each one is a step towards achieving your long-term goals.