When you watch the sports greats, they seem to be moving at a different pace and under a different set of physical laws than the rest of us. They can do things in their sport that defy logic and create wins out of what seem to be sure losses. How is it that great high school and college athletes like Jack Elway turn into professional sports stars? What is it that is so special about them and that leads to their winning so often? Is it that they are that much talented than everyone else? Have they found some secret to the game that others have not been able to locate? The truth is that they focus on perfecting a set of qualities that make the difference between winning and losing. Here are a few they perfect.
They have amazing consistency
Winning at a sport is about reaching a high level of skill and maintaining that skill level consistently. Many people can reach a highly level occasionally or once in a while, but maintaining it is a rare quality that only few can achieve. Being able to do this requires considerable practice and a honing of all of qualities needed to be the best. The sacrifice, perseverance, and dedication one must exhibit is simply not something most people either can or will muster, so finding those who can consistently play at the quality level needed to win consistently is rare. When you see a sport star who wins all of the time, you can be sure that they have put in the work and made the sacrifices to be a consistent winner.
They expect to win
Tennis star Serena Williams once remarked that she is surprised every time she loses a match because she never considers losing as a possibility. She says this is the case no matter who she is playing. The top sports stars always walk on the court expecting to beat their opponent and with the belief that no one is more talented or more capable than they are. They do this because they know the difference in talent between the top sports stars in any sport is very small and anything one can do to have an edge might make a difference.
A positive and winning attitude is an asset and they use this asset to their advantage. When they do not win, they look at it as an anomaly that will not happen often and will be revenged when they face that player or team again. They never put a ceiling on their success either. Michael Jordan once remarked after leading his team to the greatest amount of wins in a season that he has to go back and watch the film of the games they lost to see if they actually lost them or someone was playing with the scoreboard.
They Master their shortcomings
Finally sports stars who win all the time know that in order to win, you must master your own shortcomings. You may have personal phobias, fears, or health issues that threaten to threaten to limit their ability to perform at their highest level. They learn to master whatever these issues are and win in spite of them.
So yes, sports stars who win all the time are special people who have mastered winning skills.