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9 Successful Characteristics of Olympic Athletes That You Need to Replicate

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Successful athletes, just like any successful entrepreneur, have common characteristics that have helped them on their path in becoming the best version of themselves within their chosen discipline. Through my experience coaching talented athletes across the world in a range of sports, I have put together the top personal characteristics which we can learn from the most successful athletes.

Here are 9 of the most successful characteristics of olympic athletes:

1. Consistency

One of the biggest virtues I have seen in top athletes I have trained is that they are very consistent. They consistently turn-up to each training session not for 3 months, not for 6 months but for years and years. It is a part of there life even before they are successful and thus are motivated by more than just success.

2. Enjoyment

To be consistent you need to enjoy what you do. You need to enjoy training and competing otherwise it is going to be a tough road when you have to make big sacrifices in other areas of your life and maybe not making any real money for 10 to 15 years. This enjoyment makes it easier to perform the hard sessions you do not enjoy.

3. Sacrifice & Discipline

As we go through our teens and 20’s, our experience in life broadens, and we are given more responsibility in the choices we make. As an athlete you have to turn away from what most of your friends will be doing and walk a different path from partying, drinking, and common socialising activities. One rower comes to mind who would wake up at 5am everyday to cycle 1 hour then row for another 2 hours.

He would then go and study medicine for a full 9 to 5, followed by another training session. His afternoons would be consist of studying or working at a local bar to pay for his rent. I was always impressed by this man’s discipline and commitment to his goals. He is now rowing in the senior Ireland heavyweight rowing squad aiming to be the first Heavyweight irish squad in the next Olympics.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

4. Social Support

As a result, you must find social support and connection within your sports. Those with good friends in their training squads are much more likely to stay consistent. The support of family means that they can commit, get rides of mum and dad until they have a car, get a cooked meal straight after training. If you are not involved in sports it can be challenging for some people to understand an individual’s sacrifice and commitment so it is important to surround yourself with friends who do understand this.

5. Coach-Athlete Relationship

The coach athlete relationship changes from individual to individual. It is important that communication is open and that the coach and athletes are fully aware of each person’s responsibilities. When you can see a good coach-athlete relationship you can see that they both share the same goal but the coach must manage and understand how to motivate the athlete through periods of adversity.

As a coach, we are motivated by an athlete who is committed and listens well, I am personally inspired by someone’s heart and kind personality. I would always go the extra mile if I felt the individual was a good and honest person.

6. Delegation

An athlete needs to focus on turning up and getting the work done. If they have to then focus on what they will do at training, what they will eat, and how well they are progressing then stress and time spent on these things builds up.

When another coach or practitioner can take these things away from the athlete, then they are free to focus on their job and athletic development. The reduction in stress also improves the adaptation to training as the individual needs to be in a relaxed state to repair and grow.

7. Clear Long-term Goal

To avoid the immediate pleasure of eating badly, partying or just not doing an arduous training session, an individual needs to have a clear long-term goal in mind. This goal will allow them to consciously and unconsciously make the right decision when encountering a crossroads. They have to be committed to this goal as they will have to resist the temptation of many short-term pleasures along the way. This in turn allows you to create better habits.

8. Work-ethic

Work-ethic is the quality of working hard and putting in the effort because you enjoy giving something 100% more than the success or failure of the event. This quality is essential in any athlete and would be a natural personality trait. Work-ethic combined with a natural affinity for an activity is the perfect combination.

“And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working.” – Will Smith

9. Internal Motivation

Internal motivation is a drive which comes from within, because you are doing the action for the internal reward (feeling proud, etc.) and for yourself. On the other hand, external motivation is when someone else is motivating you and you are doing the action for a external reward (money, etc.).

Internal motivation is more consistent and is better at overcoming adversity than someone who is motivated by external motivation. This is also important as an athlete may spend many years before he or she starts to make any money and other external rewards.

We can learn many qualities from the traits of successful athletes and transfer them into different areas of our life. Whether it be your business or your relationships, showing these qualities will ensure growth in all aspects of your life.

Which one of these 9 characteristics resonates most with you? Comment below and let us know!

Coach Edward Young has worked in the performance sport industry for 10 years and coached numerous Olympic level athletes. He now resides in Central America using sport as as a tool for development and is the director of, online training website, Circuits Pro.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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