There’s two types of people in the world when it comes to optimism and pessimism – it’s either the glass half full or half empty syndrome. And, its especially true when it comes to playing sports. But, what we fail to realize is that our view of the world is not entirely our fault. Our experiences in life or what shape our mentality and cause us to view the world as we see it. So, in order to shape yourself into a growth mindset, we’ve listed 5 distinct reasons why optimistic athletes just flat out achieve more in life than their counterparts.
What exactly is an ‘optimistic athlete’?
Optimistic athletes view the world in a positive light. It doesn’t mean that you walk around whistling a tune and think that everything’s all hunky-dory. What being an optimistic athlete means is that you see the opportunity in every struggle and decide to tackle life with a positive, energetic mindset.
Simply put, optimistic athletes are the people who experience success in the end. And it’s absolutely attributed to them convincing themselves that they’re going to overcome every hurdle they’re presented with as they climb the ladder of success.
So, what do you do if you’ve been experiencing a lot of recent adversity and feel yourself drifting towards the pessimistic mindset?
Well, here’s 5 important qualities that optimistic athletes have in order to stay positive and power through tough times.
Optimistic athletes are self motivated
If you want to be successful in sports and in life, you need to find a way to be your own source of motivation. You have to find a reason why you’re putting yourself through the grind and use your reason(s) as fuel towards your goals.
If you’re an athlete that uses external factors the motivate you to play – the crowd, your opponent, the importance of the game, whether or not someone on your team is pushing you to be better, your playing time, etc. – you’re going to be in a heap of trouble finding a way to dig deep and compete when those factors aren’t there.
The next time you’re in an uncomfortable situation, you need find a way to push yourself harder than you’ve ever been pushed before and power through it. And, you need to do it without having ANYTHING outside of your own mind be your source of energy. At the end of your grind, it will appear clear to you why you play the game – and that ‘why’ will become your source of self motivation.
Optimistic athletes surround themselves with positive people
You are the sum of the five people you spend your most amount of time with. If you want to be a loser, then surround yourself with people who are fixated on being victims and point the finger of blame at others. If you want to be a winner, steer clear of those people and surround yourself with people that believe they can achieve anything they want in life.
That’s because it’s the truth – you really can achieve anything you want to in life as long as you’re passionate about it and you’re willing to work relentlessly in order to achieve it.
Think about this: Have you ever wanted something so bad in your life that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to have it? And did you achieve it or at least come close?
Of course you have and of course you did.
That’s because you had a passion to achieve it and you did not stop until you did. Whether it was something you wanted immediately or something that took years of your life to achieve, if you wanted it bad enough, you found a way to make it happen.
But in order to achieve what you want to in life, you need to surround yourself with people who will push you and support you along the way. They will keep you honest and humble when things are going well, support you when you’re experiencing a stretch of bad luck, and kick you in the butt when you need to refocus and get to work.
Positivity is the most contagious disease in the world. Surround yourself with people who are driven and want to be uncommon. It will propel you to become your best.
Optimistic athletes express gratitude
One of the most important qualities or optimistic athletes is that they express gratitude.
Even if everything is not going their way, optimistic athletes never adopt the ‘woe is me’ mentality. They’re never a victim. They don’t feel sorry for themselves nor do they want people to feel sorry for them. Instead, they’re grateful for everything they have in their lives (including their opportunities) and understand that another opportunity for them to shine is right down the road.
Although they understand there are failures and defeat along their journey, optimistic athletes certainly don’t accept them. They work hard to power through them while they feel truly grateful to have the opportunity to better themselves and be a part of something (a team, a program, or a cause) that’s bigger than themselves.
Having gratitude is one of the hardest and most life changing qualities to have in life. So many people work their entire lives to obtain it, but fail to do so because they’re so caught up in what everyone else is doing. It takes a ton of discipline to change your mindset and be truly happy for what you have in life. Optimistic athletes are successful because they practice gratitude every single day and understand that being grateful for the grind is much easier than hating it.
Optimistic athletes don’t listen to the naysayers
Haters gonna hate. It’s a law that is consistent as gravity.
And, if you let them get to you, they’re going to drag you down. Optimistic athletes don’t allow that to happen, no matter how “qualified” someone’s opinion of them and their abilities can be.
That’s because that’s all naysayers have – opinions. The opinions of naysayers aren’t gospel. Heck, they’re not even relevant most of the time. Naysayers are just full of bitter, jealous hot air and optimistic athletes are the ones who know it.
Coaches, scouts, and teammates are wrong all of the time. Need proof? Tom Brady had more than 200 people picked before him in the NFL draft. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson had seven bucks in his pocket when he was at his lowest point in his life. There’s thousands of more examples of naysayers being wrong about the potential of another person. That’s because they simply don’t know what they’re talking about – even if they claim to be an “expert”.
So, what it comes down to is just tuning out the noise. Don’t listen to anybody’s opinion of your potential. You can do whatever you want it life as long as you work your tail off to get it. And, in today’s world more than ever, there’s a lot of soft and insecure people who are in pursuit of their goals. Just harden up, block out the noise and stay focused on your goals.
Optimistic athletes have a growth mindset
Just because you lose, it doesn’t make you a loser. And, just because you fail, it doesn’t make you a failure. One of the most important qualities of optimistic athletes is that they have a growth mindset. They understand that failure is a part of growing and that you can’t get down on yourself when you experience it.
What it means to have a growth mindset is to understand that pushing yourself beyond your limits is what is going to cause you to fail. But, what you must realize is that experiencing failure when you take action is what builds you as a person.
Optimistic athletes understand that it’s a good thing when you experience failure by pushing yourself beyond your limits. In that process, real growth is occurring – and you’ll only understand that when you continue to push yourself beyond your limits as you become mentally and physically stronger.
If you want to grow, push yourself through your suffering. Push yourself so hard that you start to question yourself why you’re pushing so hard. Fail often, but fail from action. Don’t fail because you’re reserved or you’re hesitant to action. Optimistic athletes understand that in order to grow you have to push yourself to fail over and over again. Don’t be discouraged by it. Learn from it and then when you get the opportunity to go again, push yourself even farther than before.
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