I have loved the interviews with the Olympic winners during London 2012. They have all mentioned a number characteristics that are common among all the winners. They are all linked and interlinked one can't exist without any of the others one is no important than any of the others.

Hard Work

'A winner is someone who recognises his God given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.' - Larry Bird.

This is mentioned by all the winners. To be successful and reach the top is hard work. As they say to get to the top of the mountain is hard work and very tough but the view is amazing. To be an Olympic champion like Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins requires many hours of training, early mornings and late nights. It is also hard work to maintain the life style required to support becoming a champion.

Discipline

This leads onto to the next charatceristic highlighted by the Olympic athletes which is discipline (read my blog on in the Dicipline category and Extending Comfort Zone category). Persitant hard work breeds discipline and vice versa. Olympic champions have the ability to delay gratification and take responsibility for their journey to the top. A great quote by Jim Rohn 'Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.' You need to be disciplined to achieve your goals and this will lead to success (see my blog on Goal setting in the Mental Skills category). Also Olympic champions also have the ability to realise that 'the pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret' (Sarah Bombell).

Dedication

An Olympic champion is dedicated. They dedicate themselves to a single goal for at least 4 years, sometimes 8 years and for the most of them their whole life has been a dedicated journey to the one goal of becoming an Olympic champion.


Goal Setting

An Olympic champion sets goals to help them on their journey. They will set goals the focus them on their journey and keep them moving forward to achieve the goal of becoming Olympic champion. My goal setting blog (in Mental Skills Category) gives more detail on this.