Some athletes believe that athletic ability is fixed - they either have it or they don't. Either way, there is not much they can do to increase their ability to compete in their sport.
On the other hand, here's how competitors think:
·their development is a process they control
·the commitment to learning leads to the development of new skills
·the commitment to hard work leads to improved performance
Athletes who are not great competitors attribute their failure to bad luck or lack of talent. Great competitors attribute success and failure to their own efforts, rather than the hand that life has dealt them. Commit today to thinking like a competitor!
adapted from Positive Coaching in a Nutshell by Jim Thompson