Attributes Of Athletic Greatness




2013 WCS 13-14 Girls Team


Kirk Mango @ ChicagoNow.coma while ago wrote a two part post on the attributes of a true champion. We agree that a true champion isn’t just made with “natural talent”. It is a combination of many things that makes a real champion. I have taken the nine attributes Kirk has written about and shared them below.   Read the entire articles here…

Part 1 Nine Attributes Necessary For Athletic Greatness  and Part 2 Nine Attributes Necessary For Athletic Greatness


1. Commitment:  A powerful devotion to something. It is the essence of dedication as one feels some level of emotional discomfort when not honoring and demonstrating action toward a commitment one has. Athletic greats, they are personally and professionally committed to the task that creates the opportunity for them to become who and what they are.

2. Discipline:  The act of consistently holding oneself to a certain course of action, most times, in order to honor one’s commitments. This action is taken even in the face of difficulty or adversity, is relentless in nature, and can take on a form of having to force oneself to do what needs to be done. Discipline, as explained here, is second nature to the highest level athletes.

3. Sacrifice:  The willingness to forgo other wants and desires in order to honor one’s commitments. From an athletic standpoint, it is tied closely to discipline as making a sacrifice does not occur without some level of self-restraint. It is unlikely, if not impossible, for athletic greatness to be achieved without sacrifices being made along the way.

4. Strong Work Ethic:  An ability to apply great effort to a task. These labors are an important factor in the high levels of success great athletes achieve. Working hard is simply part of the plan for them.

5. Competitiveness:  A strong feeling toward wanting to win or come out on top. It is not necessarily the winning in and of itself that drives athletic greats but the testing of their abilities against others and sheer enjoyment they get over the competition itself that they love.

6. Resourcefulness:  The creativity and ingenuity one applies to a situation. Whether facing challenges in competition or difficulties in training, champion athletes are able to “figure” out what must be done to accomplish what is needed. Their ability to think “outside of the box” in order to come up with solutions is strong within them.

7. Perseverance:  The act of being tenacious and persistent. It is an attitude of focused firmness demonstrated through the action of “always trying.” It is a necessary characteristic for anyone seeking athletic greatness.

8. Passion:  Within the heart of every top level champion lies a sincere and deep sense of caring over what they do. The kind of caring that encourages the focused perseverance described in the paragraph above. Like a raging fire burning within, it wholly and completely supports the last attribute to athletic greatness.

9. Inner Will: The ability to be resolute about something. Simply put, it is the capacity to hold an unyielding position over one’s goals and objectives as top champion athletes never give up and never give in. As stated by one known by some as “The Greatest” (Muhammad Ali), “the will must be stronger than the skill.”



What Are You Thinking About?

TrackMom Picture

This picture was taken at a LA Jets Meet 2008  Birmingham High School 6 Years ago. It seems as if it was just a year or two. A lot has changed but many things are, for now the same. I still have the same passion and drive for the sport I love so much. What has changed is that, I now have new “hobbies” that compete with track as something I could do day in and day out as time allows.

My original focus of was Age Group Track oriented,now it will be a much broader scope of age group through Pro’s and also much broader topics and post that will reflect my above  mentioned  interests and passions.

My focus as a TrackMom has not changed, but I do focus on much more now on how track affects her academic and  future life endeavors . Fortunately she has always been a very good student and I didn’t have to monitor so much. Now she is  still a good student .But trying to get extra academic activities in with training and regular school work is tough. Need I mention a social calendar, I would have loved  but didn’t have much of  as a teen.

She is a Student Athletic Trainer at Oaks Christian and she takes her job seriously. I am laughing while writing this because while it is a good introduction to the field it really is just a truck load of fun for the kids to be out there on the field while the game is being played. Heck parents  pay to be on the side lines(which I am not one) and enjoy that view as well. Lots of things are important and I am blessed She and WE all enjoying our new journey.

She can't play foot ball but she sure wishes she could Powder Puff her she comes

She can’t play football but she sure wishes she could
Powder Puff here she comes

A male colleague  of mine earlier this week said that “You think very linear”… He went on to say, many men do but he felt women rarely do. I said “is that good or bad?”  It is true, I can be very much like a horse with blinders and the finish line is the only goal,very methodical not a lot of fluffy decorations in my way of seeing the world.

So yes,  I may be more  “linear”  but I still want to  expand my interests pool of topics and I hope you will drop me an email and let me know just what you want to see and hear about on  What Are You Thinking About?


Until Next Time