Six Keys To Success

Following the success of the British Olympics team at the London 2012 games, which was their best performance since Antwerp 1920, the British Athletics Commission is trying to encourage UK youngsters with inspiration and the tools to succeed in school and in life through sportspeople.

The new initiative is based on six valuable skills in sport that are just as important in life. Jessica Ennis, who won gold in the heptathlon event in London last year, features as the lead spokesperson for the campaign, and appears in a number of clips explaining how she has succeeded in sport using these six keys to success:

  1. Mental toughness
  2. Hunger to achieve
  3. People skills
  4. Sports and life knowledge
  5. Breaking barriers
  6. Planning for success

As she explains in these videos, the lessons she has learned are very much applicable to life. Take for instance, Ennis’ determination in succeeding in her chosen sport despite criticism from officials who said that she was too small to compete in events that traditionally require taller competitors. In sport, as in life, we face a number of naysayers, but it is important to stick to your guns even though others may cast doubt over your thoughts, ideas or actions.

Another good example from Ennis’ career is her ability to plan for success through setting goals, as well as her ability to plan for failure, which helps her cope in times when she does stumble and fall.

These six keys to success are absolutely applicable to us all, not just children, no matter what we’re passionate about in life.

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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