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Achievement drive
Goal setting
conscientiousness in sporting success  

What being conscientious means

Being conscientious means being passionate about your sport, working extraordinarily hard on it and taking control of your career.

It means being responsible for yourself and wanting to do well and make good. Success depends on your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals and then to work toward them every day.

For the conscientious athlete, working hard becomes a habit and serious fun.


The conscientious athlete gets satisfaction from pushing themself to the limit knowing that all the effort is going to pay off. Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for longer than most other people.

As Muhammad Ali said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses--behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”  Or as Joe Frazier said, if you don’t put the work in, you will get found out under the bright lights.

Keys to being conscientious

Here are some keys to being conscientious, hardworking and industrious to think about and measure yourself against.

  Be prepared to spend most of your time in training and in practice.  
  Give 100 percent all of the time.  
  Develop specific plans and goals to guide your training and practice and focus on the task in hand.  
  Prepare yourself thoroughly for competition by developing and rehearsing a competition plan.  
  When you are going through a difficult patch, stick with it and do your best rather than give up and going through the motions.  
  Try to consistently deliver more than you are asked to do by your coach or team captain.  


Watch this video

To develop your understanding of what being conscientious and hardworking means, watch this motivational video about keys to achievement and success. 


Read this book

Read The New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental Emotional Physical Conditioning from One of the World's Premier Sports Psychologists by James Loehr