As a rider beginning to perform at higher levels, you will begin to focus on developing the attributes required to deliver excellent results through your experiences in training, competition and life. The environment that you perform in demands a strong understanding of these attributes which underpin how you operate as an athlete.
The following attributes are seen as key to delivering excellent performances:
- Always behave professionally
Professional behaviour means taking pride in your personal appearance, arriving in time to prepare for the session ahead and being courteous to those working with and around you.
- Organisation & High Productivity
Ensure that requested information is delivered in a timely manner with a standard of accuracy and order. Establishing organisational methods that work for you are key to securing your success in future.
Understand that you are part of something that is bigger than yourself, you are part of a team. Make an effort to cooperate with those in your team and foster opportunities for teamwork where possible.
To succeed you will need to seek internal motivation, you are in control of the outcome. Search for resources that can help you and try to find remedies to resolve any issues.
- Consistent & High-Quality Work
Strive to succeed with a high standard of professionalism and relish in challenging tasks that enhance your learning. Use the people around you to seek feedback and act on it to improve.
Always perform to the best of your ability. Never lose sight of your goals even under pressure instead use that opportunity to refocus.
- Mastery (Self-Confidence)
Back yourself and be confident in your ability to deliver a skill or perform a desired behaviour. Draw on self-confidence gained by impressive performances, achieving goals and mastering skills.
Be assertive and confident in your leadership of others and use your initiative when faced with difficult or potentially hazardous situations.
- Venturesome (Coping with Fear)
Take calculated risks in the pursuit of greater performance. Remember that those who are courageous are not fearless, instead they are people that face difficult or risky situations in spite of their fear. Take your fear and own it.
- Sacrifice (Altruistic Behaviour)
Recognise when others need something more than you and compete even when facing the possibility of defeat.
Grit & Resilience
Demonstrate grit, perseverance and the passion to achieve long-term goals. Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress. Approach achievement as if it were a marathon, where stamina is your advantage. When disappointment or boredom signals to others that it is time to change trajectory and cut losses, put your head down and stay the course.
True resilience won’t happen overnight, it is built up over time through situations and scenarios which will test you and require you to succeed in the face of adversity. Think about how you cope with difficult situations and develop strategies to help you adapt and overcome, building your mental strength and emotional resilience.
Realistic Performance Evaluations and Reflection
Set goals for yourself and create realistic performance expectations. Spend time honestly reviewing and reflecting on your performances and adjust your goals to reflect this.
Coping & Decision Making Under Pressure
Use your experience and draw on available resources to make good decisions even when under pressure. Strive to constantly improve performance outcomes whether that means performing under pressure or training under pressure.
Be independent and take responsibility for your actions and decisions. Understand that you are in charge of catering to your needs and be considerate of those around you.
Learn to adapt to new and different conditions by making changes in response to the new environment. In the short term this may mean real time changes to events or training whereas long term changes may affect the environment, events & circumstances.
Take the opportunities offered by your coaches to learn through feedback and constructive criticism of your performances.