I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. – Bruce Lee
Hi, and welcome back to the star player academy show, episode 95.
This is Marilyn Wo, I know your toughest challenge is to perform your best under pressure, so I’m here to give you my best ideas and resources to maximise your potential and enjoy your game as much as you can. Hope that helps.
This week, we are like going back to basics, and the theme for the next 7 days will cover the question on “How to be an Ace Athlete”. It’s that simple, yet it encompasses many aspects of your body and mind and how you think which we will cover as much as we can this week.
For today’s episode, I will go into the basics of the macro level of principles of ace athletes.
The principles I will be sharing here today is to get you to understand how you should sort of organise your thoughts on where to find your motivation to push through difficult times in your journey as an athlete. Being an athlete is tough enough, there’s definitely more to think about if you wish to peak or maximise your potential to be at your best.
What do I mean by that?
If you are a seasoned athlete, you may already know this, but truthfully, I know of many athletes who have been competing for years yet they do not know how to prepare themselves mentally or mindfully to rough it out, yet they want to perform at their best. And when they couldn’t get the results they aimed for, they gave up not because they found anything new in their lives, but it’s because they thought the lack of results didn’t serve them well to carry on.
So, for the benefit of those of you listening, you may wish to affirm this, I hope to share what I think in today’s episode about mastering the foundation and basic skills necessary to ace in your sport, rather than to take results as a way to motivate you.
In order to do that let’s just start from the beginning here.
Who are Athletes?
Athletes are people that train, working toward skill through exercise, such as sports, like what you have been doing. The training requires physical strength, stamina, or agility.
Agility is liveliness, alertness, and quickness combined while stamina produces staying power, energy, endurance, resistance, resilience, strength, vigor, and all leads to determination, fortitude, and the like.
To help you reach peak performance we can break down the details that make an ace athlete, starting with goals. Goals give us ambition, aspiration, and purpose as we move to reach our objective target. What makes goals work is plans.
Plans are map to our future, which enables us to prepare, arrange, and work toward our purpose, through means of effort, while keeping intentions in mind. Plans provide us strategies, ideas, proposals, plots, and design rolled into one-logic, thus bringing us to effort.
Effort applies attempt to reach a goal, while trying to work the plans. Effort puts our endeavors in motion, while we take a crack at achieving the goals. When we apply effort to our goals and plans, we often sweat, while exerting our force, power, energy, and strengths, thus struggling to achieve.
Then comes aspiration which takes us back to the goal, while driving our ambitions, hopes, desires, and wants to move forward to success. Now desire is very crucial, because it’s through your deep desire that you can garner enough resilience to put up the fight and overcome pain and difficult times sometime failure in order to eventually succeed.
Success then is the achievements, accomplishments, victories, triumphs, that come through failures. We sometimes hit and run through trial and error while reaching our goals. The sensation of winning brings us to strive harder to achieve long-term goals. Failure often breaks us down, stopping us from performing. Since failure brings us to disappointment, letdowns, and catastrophe, we sometimes forget our goals. Therefore, ace athletes reaching peak performance do not allow failures to stop them from achieving their mission.
Athletes often maintain ambition by working out, eating right, and maintaining good health. This takes them to remember their desires, wants, hopes, dreams, aspirations, purpose and the like, thus determined to achieve their goals. Athletes are motivated people that get-up-and-go even when the tough gets going.
If you want to set goals, you need determination. Determination is our judicial decisions, which settle and end struggles in the mind. Determination gives us resolves by arguing and reasoning with questions or doubts in the mind. To reach peak performance you must be determined to decide absolutely what you want to do by affirming your decisions. Affirmations, then is one of the leading secrets that make ace athletes. Once you establish determination and set your goals, you will assert your goals to be facts for you.
Assertiveness or affirmations help us to make positive statements, e.g. I will achieve.
Now that you considered the secrets behind ace athletes, you want to consider the most valuable tool that brings people to their goals. We need a purpose to set goals, plans, and to apply effort to achieve those goals and plans.
What is your purpose?
Purpose gives us new ideas as we write goals. Purpose provides us reason to reach points in our life. Purpose is our principals, rationale, aims and helps us to function properly while we focus on intent. To help you see how this works we can set up a small goal with purpose in mind.
Purpose: My reason to achieve ace athlete performance is to better my health.
My point is to strengthening my body and mind.
My ideas is through strength training, endurance training, diet, and the like that I will achieve my goals.
My principal is my beliefs in me that I will acquire an attitude, while setting standards to achieve my goal.
I rationale that the basis of my goal has underlying principals that will motivate me to set the grounds in reaching the target I have set for myself. Have validation.
My function is my role in achieving my goals.
Now set your goals.
Aspiring or ace athletes do not have secrets that help them to achieve, rather they have goals, plans, purpose, and ambition that drives them to the finish lines.
Peak performance athletes are aces when they work to achieve their goals with a purpose in mind. Therefore, the how you can be an ace performer determines on what you want, what you are willing to do to get it, and what plans you have behind reaching the goal.
To help you decide what your goals are we can consider your purpose, determination, plans, willingness to apply self, affirmations, and goals.
So right now, I want you to grab 6 sheets of paper and a pen and label each sheet with the following words:
Look at the list carefully and consider each word carefully.
Now start writing your purpose on paper.
How should you write down your purpose?
Let’s go step by step here.
Purpose includes reason, points, ideas, principles, rationale, functions, use, intentions, aims, and an end. Purpose also includes resolve, determination, persistence, perseverance, tenacity, and resolution. You want to remove any indifference from your mind while exploring your purpose.
Purpose: I reason I have cause to work toward achieving my goals, which is to become an ace athlete. My basis provides me motive. The incentive is to become healthier.
Point: My point is to summit an end to reach peak performance.
Ideas: The ideas come from my thoughts, which proposes inspiration that helped me plant images, impressions, and outlines of my goal to be the peak performer.
Principles: My principles are my opinions, based on beliefs, standards, and attitude that promote me to achieve ace athlete performance.
Rationale: I rationalize that my basis and reasoning for becoming a peak performance athlete is logical.
Function: My function is to spot my purpose, while giving meaning to my goals.
Use: My use is to bring into play a workable goal in which I assert that I can achieve if I put my mind to it.
Intention: My intentions are to provide meaning and purpose to reach my goal, which includes workable plans.
Aim: My aim is to try hard, aspire in building hope while intending to set my sights on my goal, thus striving to reach and end.
What is My Goal?
We set up the pathway to look into the goal by examining our purpose. The purpose is to find meaning to achieve your goals. Thus, decide your meaning before writing your goals.
Meaning: My senses tell me through common sense that if I do not work to better my health I am at high risk of health issues. What is my worth? I am worth the price it will cost me to better my health. My purpose is to better my health while reaching peak performance, thus I am the meaning behind my purpose, since I have value and worth.
What is Your Goal?
Goal: Goals include objectives, aims, ends, ambitions, purpose, target, objects, and aspiration.
My objective is, based on ideas, reason, and intent, thus removing partiality to achieve a mission. My short-term goal is to remove any doubts from my mind that will hind me from achieving peak performance.
My aim is to try hard while endeavoring to reach my goals, while keeping the goal sights in my mind. My impressions, images, and visions help me to see the finishing line. I see my self-reaching peak performance.
Ambition includes my dreams, hopes, desires, purpose, aspiration, and goals. Thus, I dream of being an ace athlete, thus, I need to cultivate my desires and wants. My short-term goal is develop my desires and wants to achieve my goal. My aspiration brings me to achieve what I wish and desire to achieve, i.e. I want to be an ace, peak performance athlete. My long-term goal is set.
What is your goal? What is your purpose? Do you have meaning? Do you have ambition? Set your goals. Aspiring athletes hold true to themselves.
So star players, I hope I’ve served you well today to get things started. Even for those who have been in sports for a long time, this can be a good refresher for you. Even for myself having been a serious athlete for ten years need to always rethink my purpose and goals and be mindful of what I’m aiming for every now and then, because goals can change.
We have to always be mindful of the present not yesterday or the future, so always reviewing your goals is important. So I hope that this exercise today can help you set a good ground towards aiming to maximise your potential to perform under pressure as much as possible.
With that, we have come to the end of today’s episode.
Before you go, I have a quote for you by Bruce Lee, he said, “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
Thank you all for joining me today. If you are wondering what you can do to be the best athlete you can ever be, go to starplayeracademy.com, I’ve prepared a cheat sheet that shows you 15 success traits of a serious athlete that you can follow in one glance. So head over to starplayeracademy.com right now, and till tomorrow.
I look forward to see you become a StarPlayer.
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