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4 Things We See in Champions (and Achievers)

Having Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medalists Gigi Marvin and Amanda Pelkey Training at IPF Everyday is Awesome. There are so many Positives for the Clients they Workout with, the Staff that Coaches’ them and the Environment that it Creates, that it would be difficult to list them all…

 

Which got me Wondering, What Do High-Achievers Have that We Don’t (or Need More Of)?

What do Successful People (Consistently Successful, not an Accident or One-Time Event People) Have, Do, Ignore, or Demand that others Don’t?

 

Commitment:              Gigi Marvin is 31yrs Old, has been to 3 Olympics, and Feels as Good as she ever has! A Huge Reason: Her Commitment. She is Committed in every way possible. Committed to Improvement, Committed to Training, Committed to Eating for Success, etc. Every Part of Her Life is about Her Commitment. Her Other “22’ Hours (the Time away from the Gym) is as Important to her Success as her Training time, and Her Commitment reflects that….   Gigi is a tremendous Resource for the People at IPF because they See her Dedication, Day-In, Day-Out.

But, Beware, if you Partner with Gigi, bring your Commitment or Stay Home!

 

Learning (Stealing) from Others:    Amanda Pelkey is Young, Hard-Working, and the Nicest Person You will Meet at our Gym. That having been said, She is a Thief of the Highest Order!

The Transition from Good-to-Great is one many Do Not Make!

Pelkey has gone from Good-to-Great so smoothly you probably didn’t notice until she was there!!!

She found herself in a new Situation; Surrounded by New People (some of the Best Hockey Players in the World), and Saw exactly what Each of Them did Well.

She didn’t Stop there, as she Stole Habits, Characteristics, Structure and Lessons from each one of them…

Simply Put, Amanda filled her “Toolbox” with New Tools she borrowed from other People. Spoiler Alert, She isn’t Giving them Back!

 

Consistency:       What used to be the ultimate “Back-Handed” compliment, is now the Best Kudos you can Receive: “He/She is Incredibly Consistent”…

Whether it is a Consistent Approach to Improvement, Consistent Methods of Recovery, or Consistently Being Competitive in the Big Moments, We All Benefit from Consistency in our Lives…

Gigi has been Playing, Training, and Living Hockey, Full-Time, for about 20yrs. Remember that when your Alarm goes Off and you want hit Snooze Next Wednesday J

Pelkey has been “Under-the-Radar” for the last Decade. Never the Top Player, with the Most “Press”, she has Dedicated Herself to Getting It Done without Worrying About Who Notices. The Cool Part is, Consistency never Lets You stay Hidden…

On a Team, Coaches Love Knowing What they Will get from Players (their Best Effort). In any Relationship, You Love “Consistency” from Your Partner as a Function of Making the Relationship the Best it Can Be.

Consistency is not “Showing-Up”; Consistency is “Buying-In” Day after Day until What You Want is Yours…

 

“Compete Level”:         Every Young Athlete should Read this Paragraph more than once. You don’t Get Anything, Go Anywhere, or Achieve at All without a High Compete Level…

Race you Around the Block? Let’s Go!

Play you One-on-One? Let’s Do It!

There is one more Gatorade? Play You for It!

Heck, you should even Take Pride in Your Rock-Scissors-Paper for Goodness Sake…

Too many of the Kids we have seen recently don’t have enough “compete” in them. The Reasons may vary: Afraid, Unsure, No Confidence, Not Worth-It, etc., but it is something Everyone Needs if they Desire to Be a Great Athlete…

For the Record, Pelkey and Gigi are Great People, but they would Punch You in the Mouth to “Win”. Their “Compete” is Off the Charts (with Others, and Themselves!)…

 

This “Big Four” aren’t the only Characteristics necessary for Success. There are many other Factors, particularly at the World Champion/Olympic Level…

But I have Trained 50+ Olympians/World Champions, and 90% of them had these four Attributes in bunches!

And, in my ~25yrs of Coaching, Habits/Character have been a much greater Predictor of Success than Talent…

Deciding What You Want to Be is Easy. Working towards Your Goal, Your Success, Your Dreams, takes real Effort. Take Hold of this “Big Four” and You Will Be on your Way!!!