Character Attributes of Champions

Here are 6 character attributes of champions with a brief description of each:

1. The first attribute is commitment - Champions are focused on goals, some at a young age. They have dreams of being champions. Pete Sampras’ dream of winning Wimbledon and Jim Courier’s dream of winning the French Open are two examples.

2. Second is independence - Champions take responsibility, they don’t blame coaches or others for losses. They don’t look to the sidelines during matches. They have support teams, but the ultimate responsibility lies with them, and they know it.

3. Third is Confidence and Self-belief - Champions have a great sense of themselves, they believe they can do it, especially when things are not going well.

4. Fourth is Determination and Will - Champions are very determined and have great will power. Borg was unflappable, Chris Evert and Pete Sampras quietly determined, and John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors more confrontational and expressive in showing their will. Champions do not give in. Champions develop resistance, and when behind they fight until things turn around.

5. Number five is Competitive Spirit - Champions have a competitive spirit in everything they do. For example, Sampras finds a way to compete both against himself and within himself. Other players make it a personal fight.

6. And, finally, number six is the Work Ethic - Champions prepare and plan well. They are organized. They know where they are going and how to get there. They are very concerned about their schedule and how to peak for big events. 

"Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."  

Muhammad Ali


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