Traits Of a Good Athlete

Some of us want to achieve some extraordinary achievements in athletics. But psychologies and researchers have yet not able to identify how much of an athlete’s success is talent and ability, and how much is psychological. And yet, there doesn’t seem to be an athlete or coach on earth who would argue that the latter is unimportant. One sports scientist, Daniel Brown, even asserts that a lack of certain personality traits could help to explain “why some individuals gifted at sport don’t thrive at the elite level.”

So here are some initial qualities every sportsperson must have:-

Self-confidence:-“Self-Confidence” isn’t just a quote or some cheesy motivational posters. But for high performing athletes, it is a disciplined life. The best athletes are self-confident by nature. They believe they can make it to the top step of the podium, even if that self-confidence is sometimes propped up by blood, sweat, tears, and a ton of sacrifice.

High motivation: It takes more than a shiny medal or hefty check to motivate the world’s best athletes. High-performing athletes must be motivated by the desire to beat their competition, crush their current personal best, and prove to themselves their hard work wasn’t for nothing.

Desire to succeed: No matter what it is that spurs on the drive — the roar of the crowd, the glint of the gold medal, the trip to the White House for the winners — the need to succeed must first come from within.

Goal –setter: No beginning athlete is ready for the Olympics, the World Series, the Grand Prix, the Tour de France, or the Super Bowl. The athletes who get to the world-class events do so by setting realistic, achievable goals, then working hard to attain those goals one step at a time

Disciplined: There is a famous saying that goes something like, “To become an overnight success, it takes 10 years of hard work.” No one knows this truth better than the high-performing athlete. Early mornings, sore muscles, broken bones, sacrifices

Optimistic: An intrinsic sense of optimism goes hand-in-hand with self-confidence, and is yet another distinguishable personality trait of high-performing athletes. To be the best, an athlete must believe that she can beat the best (and anything else that gets in her way). An athlete who doubts herself will never cross the finish line in front.

Not taking criticism too harsh: No athlete makes it to the top on their own. Top-tier athletes understand the importance of remaining coachable that is, taking criticism at every opportunity and learning from it.

By: Sushmita 


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