Elite athletes make more podium appearances at top competitions. That’s because they learn the techniques they need for high-level performance while following professionally designed training programs.
I use the word “elite” because the athletes who separate themselves from the competition have decided to do so and taken steps to improve themselves. This is how they stand out from most other athletes—and their decision is why they often end up leading in sports and other life endeavors.
One of the most important attributes of a professionally designed training program is that it is customized. In other words, a knowledgeable coach personalized it for your strengths and your opportunities for improvement. This means, to be your best, your program needs to be different from other athletes’ programs.
Striving to be an elite athlete doesn’t mean you think you’re better than other people.
Being an elite athlete means that, although you have a special gift, you recognize that it’s not actually better than someone else’s talent. There will be athletes who are stronger than you who also have great work ethics. You can’t compete with them simply by working harder.
You have to train smarter to best develop your gift.
Elite is a way of training and performing to be your best. As an elite athlete, you’re humble enough to accept that you need a personalized program—and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach your potential.