Here are the 'rules' for every successful athlete. Brian's coach gave it to him years ago. Apparently it originally came from San Jose State University.

Attitudes That Build Winners Desire:

How strong is your desire? Desire provides the drive that carries an athlete to success. Dedicated athletes have a strong desire to improve, to compete, and to win. No one gets to be the best without a burning desire to be the best.


Are you an aggressive competitor? Winners make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen. They take charge, force action, and produce results. They assert themselves strongly, make their presence felt.


Are you a determined competitor? Determination makes winners. The refusal to quit or accept defeat; the persistence to try and try again; the willingness to practice long and hard. Determined athletes are relentless in their efforts to improve and to win.


Do you accept responsibility for your actions? Winners accept total responsibility for their actions. They admit errors and will not blame others or make excuses. They recognize their own mistakes and the need for change and improvement.


Do you take the lead? Winners tend to enjoy the role of leader. When leadership is needed, they step forward and take charge. They are dynamic people who like to influence others and take control of situations.


Do you believe in yourself? winners. Winners have confidence in their abilities and can act decisively. They believe they can successfully meet challenges, handle unexpected situations, never doubt their own ability.

Emotional Control:

Do you stay cool under pressure? Successful athletes can handle the pressure of competitive sports. They stay cool, adjust quickly, and are not upset by bad breaks or bad calls. They deliver top performance regardless of the circumstances.

Mental Toughness:

Can you accept strong criticism? Mental toughness is a big factor in athletic success. Winners can accept strong criticism and rigorous training from a demanding coach. They recover quickly from setbacks and don’t fall apart when the going gets rough.


Are you receptive to coaching? Winners respect the coach and the coaching process. They know that coaching is important to their development and progress as an athlete. They are receptive to the coach’s advice and follow it.


Are you a conscientious athlete? Winners have high standards of character. They have a deep sense of obligation, and know a team must have discipline to be successful. They put the welfare of the team first, don’t bend rules or regulations to suit themselves.


Do you trust other people? Winners are believers. They accept people at face value, and know that mutual trust is a major factor in building team morale and unity. Trusting athletes communicate and cooperate better with their team-mates and coach.