Take a moment and visualize an athlete. You’re probably thinking of a tall and lean muscular man or woman. Maybe an Olympian? Or a world-class footballer?

You might as well be picturing yourself.

We’re all athletes, regardless of winning a gold medal. Being an athlete is more than physical strength. It’s about your attitude, and being driven by a single objective: becoming the best version of you.

It doesn’t matter how much you want to achieve in business or in sport – you have to work for it. You’re constantly competing, so release your inner athlete and be prepared to take on your most challenging opponent: you.

1. Physical Strength: Love and challenge your body

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It's important to have a plan of action in order to reach your goals.

Building your inner athlete is a process that takes self-awareness. Always keep in mind the time and energy you put into your workouts. Have a vision of what you want to physically change.

You’re more likely to perform at your peak when you have a plan of action. Remember: You don’t magically hit your goals – you work towards them every day. 100% excitement, 100% effort.

Repeat the same small actions with a routine that moves you. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results – it’s about trial and error. Challenge yourself to stay on course, break bad eating habits, and know your limits. Don’t overdo it, and you will see results with time. Appreciate your progress and celebrate your victories. Big or small.

2. Emotional Strength: Fuel the heart with motivation

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Stay motivated by finding a workout that suits your emotional needs.

Your emotional strength is at the core of your inner athlete’s health. Taking care of yourself emotionally increases endorphins and makes the difficult possible.

Being in control of your feelings and behaviors and facing the competition is part of the inner athlete’s obstacles. Staying motivated for your future sporting events reminds you that you’ve got what it takes. Feeling happy, energetic, and fearless opens opportunities to new challenges.

You’ll begin to feel more sensitive to your emotional needs, desires, instincts, and responses. Having a healthy competitive spirit highlights an athlete’s special personality.

3. Mental Strength: Push your brain power

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The challenges you face will only make you stronger.

Your weight, shape, and size do not minimize any accomplishments or effort you put in. A hard workout is a workout. A completed race is a completed race. Your mind will play tricks, urging you to give up as soon as you begin training. But setbacks and mistakes aren’t failures. It’s 90% mental and 10% physical.

The road to winning your race is made with inevitable ups and downs. You only fail the moment you give up on something without giving it a shot. The journey of an athlete has its struggles, but overcoming those moments of despair only pushes you to become mentally stronger. It’s important to not get caught up in the negativity and talk your way out of training. Your mental power overcomes your physical strength.

The secret to staying motivated when you’re juggling various new chapters in life is to keep going. Change doesn’t have to be scary. Discovering your joy is the spirit of being an athlete, so get in touch with your supportive and compassionate inner coach. Stay connected with yourself and take initiative.

Do you have other tips that you use to unleash your inner athlete? If so please share them in the comments below.

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by Gustavo M. Lanata 17.11.2018
I love adidas and check in on the webpage regularly, my one complaint is that you rarely, if ever, have photos or write-ups about people who are older than average in the gym. Everyday I see people over 40, 50, 60 and well into their 80's training with the same passion and dedication that a 20 or 30 year old trains with, but no mention of such people. Remember many of these people are the one's who actually have the money to purchase the great, and I do mean great, products adidas produces. Now understand I am not complaining about seeing some of the wonderful people you feature, such as Sr Messi. His ability has brought so much flavour and colour to the "Beautiful Game", but every so often a shot of an elder in the gym would be nice.

All the best and than k you so much for the great products and the presentation of this page.

Respectfully,
Gustavo M. Lanata
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by Ray Deane 22.11.2018
When did you ever play a game and not know the score? Competitive people keep score in all they do. It's important to keep score. Remember to write down your goals, action steps and schedule. By keeping it visible you have a constant reminder...a scoreboard. Schedule, track, and document your progress daily. Including any workout, goal, plan, etc.. You are more likely to execute when you commit to it and achieve it with small steps. As a result, you'll have a greater feeling of accomplishment as you systematic achieve your action steps and check them off.
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