Success in sports is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out over an extended period of time. Success is something we feel when we accomplish something of significance, what many people don’t understand is that success is the accumulation of small successes and efforts from our daily lives. Most of the time the biggest impact comes from the small efforts that don’t seem related to the sport you play at all. One of the things I do while I am working with clients is to help them to understand that developing themselves as human beings will ultimately make a big impact on their success. Now you still have to put in the work on your skills for your sport, but it is only one part of the equation. How you live your life will be reflected in your success in your sport. If you do things on a daily basis that help to grow you as a human being, to develop the characteristics, and values you wish to have, this will translate into your sport.

Here is an example of how this works. Most people will set little goals in their life that they constantly break. Waking up when the alarm goes off early to get a workout in, making the bed on a daily basis, eating right, or anything else you attempt to do each day to take care of yourself. Now how many times do you vow to do what you set out to do, but then end up not following through? What do you think that will do to how well you will succeed at bigger goals?

In order to succeed in sports it requires a great deal of discipline and sacrifice. If you are not able to be disciplined in small moments during the day or sacrifice one thing for another that will help you, how will you be able to accomplish what you want in your sport? Being successful is a way of being, it is not something that just happens. If you look at the most successful people in history, what they all have in common is having created a way of living their life that set them up for success. It wasn’t by chance, they lived their lives in a way that lined up perfectly with what they ended up accomplishing.

So think about what is holding you back in your sport form reaching the level you want, and ask yourself how your daily life is contributing to not accomplishing what you want. If you need to be able to focus better, how do you train you mind to focus on the task at hand in everyday life? Do you let your mind wander and get distracted or do you practice brining yourself back? Do you know ways to get yourself mentally into the right space to do any task? If you need to control your emotions better, how do you let your emotions impact you on a daily basis? Do you meditate or do anything else that will help you learn to center, and detach?

Find ways to slowly create a way of being that lines up with what you want to accomplish in life, and know that they discipline and sacrifice you sometimes have to make will ultimately help get you to where you want to be.