How to Keep Positive and Focused as an Athlete

The best athletes are innately self-confident and truly believe in themselves.  High-performing athletes are motivated by the desire to be better than their opponent and even better than their personal best.

Success doesn’t happen overnight

Athletes know that success doesn’t happen overnight.  They have self-discipline and put in early morning training sessions.  They sacrifice many social activities, just to stay ahead of their game.  They are very disciplined when it comes to their diets.


Athletes who lack an optimistic attitude aren’t likely to fully excel because they don’t expect to win.  A successful athlete must remain positive even when facing adversity.

Acceptance of Criticism

One cannot improve without any constructive criticism.  Athletes understand that it’s important to remain coachable while accepting and learning from their mistakes.  They need to be open to any advice that is given and calls from officials.


Athletes deal with countless sources of stress on a routine basis.  Pressure to perform well during competition or stress caused by losing a game, getting injured, or struggling to master a skill.  Stress is part of an athlete’s life.


Athletes must focus on their goals and the bigger picture. This helps them to be dedicated to their training.  They focus on the moment while competing and tune out anything that is happening around them.


Losses are just a reality of being an athlete. Setbacks will occur and an athlete can’t be successful if they aren’t resilient.  Even after a loss, successful athletes stay positive and use their experience as an opportunity to learn and move forward.

These and other mental strengths are what make successful athletes.