Today we found a great infographic at visual.ly called The Psychology of a Great Athlete. It goes through all the psychological factors that contribute to making a great athlete better than all the rest.
From drive and volition, to confidence and focus, the thing that separates great athletes from good athletes isn't raw ability. It's the ability to consistently perform even in adverse conditions. It's the intangibles like mental toughness and perseverance.
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So there you go. The recipe for success. Lots of people are born with raw talent. But few have the mental qualities... the psychology of a great athlete... to stand above the rest, year after year.