I’ve talked with a lot of people, and what I found out was a surprise. I’ve asked non athletic people is they think that talent is enough and that’s way the best athletes succeed in sport.
A huge number of non athletic people said that “talent it is enough”. Yes! You need to have natural abilities for something so special, like performance to ocure in any sport. But, that’s not all you need.
Athletes are people with extraordinary abilities, constantly trained and not so easy to form. Also we need to understand that the fundamental factors of sports performance are involving multiple areas, like: heredity, morphological characteristics, abilities, experience during childhood, previous sports experiences, competency and training, interest and motivation, also important are family culture and friendship. And is not to be ignored the coach’s conduct, the compatibility of the relationship between coach and the athlete.
It may appear that natural abilities and physical usually is all that matters in wining a competition but the reality is different from the statements of athletes. In reality it seems that in competition mind becomes far superior to physics, some even claim a 90% mental-physical ratio.
Whether this is accurate or near-accurate, one can assume that sports is not necessarily about who is the best athlete on paper, but who has the willpower and self determination to give it 110%.
Success in special activities such as sport, with a competitive character is based on the ability to voluntarily self-regulate emotions, thoughts and actions, the ability to concentrate and quickly switch attention, to perform a difficult task for a long time, to sustain the effort in conditions of fatigue and interference of external disturbing factors.
Also, I would like to point out that any athlete who wants to perform in any sport, needs to know his pluses and minuses and his abilities in order to improve. Because some of them are not natural inherit qualities. That means it can be trained with proper support.
A Sport Psychologist can help you overcome problems and fears, such as fear of failure, fear performance, fear of embarrassment, and general performance anxiety, also can spike your mental toughness, willpower, determination, and your level of commitment.
In the end I will leave you meditate to the words of the grate Socrate. He strongly believed that every human being had a responsibility to live up to their physical potential. “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
What’s your opinion on the matter, do you believe that talent is enough?