“What has benefited me the most is learning I can’t control what happens outside of my pitching.” – Greg Maddux
Successful athletes, and successful people in general, control their emotions and behavior. They are keenly aware of what is within their control and what isn’t, and they focus their attention only on what's within their control.
“There are scores of players who can hit every shot in the book who never make it into a Grand Slam event. Those who make it are there because they are mentally tougher. They wanted it more.” – John McEnroe
Success takes commitment, and it doesn’t come easily. Commitment is the glue that bonds you to your goals.
I see this characteristic as being closely related to “Controlled”, in that an athlete has to control what they can control, and remain composed regardless of what happens outside that scope and in the face of adversity or unfortunate circumstance.
Don't let your emotions keep you from doing what needs to be done to succeed. Strive to maintain mental calmness: let no person, circumstance, or variable disturb your composure or deter your accomplishment. Respond to life's provocations with a focus on positive action.
To be continued...