Tips from The Best Athletes In The World
These days, professional athletes are competing better, and for far longer, than ever before. It’s not just because nutrition has gotten better, either—it’s because athletes—and their coaches—are starting to understand how the body needs to train to stay nimble, agile, and flexible even as the natural aging process starts to take hold. Here, we have compiled the top tips from the best athletes from around the world.
1.Tips from Roger Federer
- Embrace Hard Work –
There is a reason this is Roger Federer’s career number #1 productivity secret (it reminded me of an Elon Musk secret: “Work hard. Every waking hour.”). Hard work delivered consistently is the foundation of any successful career. You need to be smarter, faster, and work harder to stay one step ahead of everyone else.
- Think and Plan Long Term –
Federer’s ruthless prioritization over his schedule is a proxy for his long-term thinking that involves winning more Slams and continue playing for many years to come.
- Constantly Adapt to Evolve –
The 2017 Federer “version” was completely different than 2012 one. He became increasingly more aggressive, particularly with his return of serve. He started to hit his single-handed backhand more often, instead of using his signature slice shot. Federer was faster, sharper, and with an enhanced killer instinct.
2. Tips from Cristiano Ronaldo
- Push Yourself Everyday – Everyone has days when they are less motivated and I do too, but I know that in order to continue to play at the highest level, I must push myself even on the days I might not feel like it. I love this game, competing and my fans so put in a lot of work for them. They support me, so I do what I can do to perform for them. I’ve made a commitment to myself and to this sport, so I do my best to work hard every single day to ensure I perform at my very best when I step out onto the pitch.
- Tune into winning mindset – I set goals to train my mind as well as my body. Mental strength is just as important as physical strength and it helps me to achieve more on and off the pitch. I always make sure I have good music to listen to – it helps me get motivated and do my best. I like to listen to hip hop and reggae.
- Recharge to stay the best – Proper sleep is really important for getting the most out of training. I go to bed early and get up early, especially before matches. Sleep helps my muscles to recover, which is really important. Training and gym workouts are vital, but living a relaxed lifestyle helps you to be the best you can be, physically and mentally. I spend my free time with family and friends, which keeps me relaxed and in a positive mindset.
3. Tips from Michael Jordan
- Practice Everyday – Jordan became better at playing than everyone else by first becoming better at practicing than everyone else. Until the end of his career, Michael was known to be the first person to get to the gym and the last one to leave.
- Know how to Respond to Failure – The first time he got to the NBA playoffs, his Bulls were knocked out in the first round. The next two years, they were swept by the Boston Celtics. After that, the Bulls were beat by the Detroit Pistons three years in a row. All Jordan knew was failure. But it only made him want to be better. He’s said, “Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
- Forget the Past – Jordan’s made some tough decisions, but he doesn’t dwell on them. There’s no reason to worry about the past because it’s not coming back.
4. Tips from Michael Phelps
- Set goals – “I have my goals somewhere I can see them, so when I get out of bed I know I’m waking up to work on what I’m going to achieve,” he said. Goals that frighten you, motivate you or force you out of your comfort zone are the ones that will push you and ignite personal progress.
- Visualize – As a teenager, Phelps’s coach Bob Bowman would tell him at the end of each practice to go home and “watch the videotape. Watch it before you go to sleep and when you wake up.” The “videotape” was Phelps’s mental visualization of the “perfect race.” Imagining himself swimming flawlessly from start to finish, assessing his competition and going over even the smallest of details, such as envisioning the water dripping from his lips, pushed Phelps to success.
- Practice – Nobody can achieve excellence without putting in the time and effort. Although he may be blessed with the ideal swimmer’s body, Phelps would never have reached success without practice and persistence.
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