The Secret to Success in Sport is…..

The Secret to Success in Sport is…..

Want to know the Secret to Success in Sport?

There is one..there really is..and here it is for free.

I recently wrote a post called “The Passion to Prepare = > The Potential to Perform”.

In the post I suggested that:

Without doubt, when I work with coaches and teams, this one issue dominates all others:how do I ensure every player in my team is preparing – consistently – to the best of their ability – so that their passion to prepare is equal to or greater than their potential to perform”.


The Common Theme:

Look at all the books on the market on the topic of “winning” or “leadership” or “success”: there is a common theme running through every one of them.

What is it you ask?

The common theme in all those self-help books is…making the most of your opportunities: being all that you can be!

This slide will help to illustrate the point a little better:



The natural talent of the athlete – their potential to perform – that’s a matter of genetics and their choice of parents.

The passion to prepare to their full potential….that’s a coaching issue.

And that’s the greatest coaching challenge of all.

As a coach, are you certain that your programs, your structures, your systems, your methods and your practices engage the athlete – mind and body so that every session – every day is completed to their full potential?

This is the secret to success in sport: and the funny thing is….you knew it was all the time!

Didn’t you???

Wayne Goldsmith



  • Jeremy Pryce Posted October 26, 2010 10:26 pm

    Amen. Harnessing potential. That´s the challange us coaches face!



    • Wayne Goldsmith Posted October 27, 2010 7:20 am

      Thanks JP.

      Everyone knows this….but only the great coaches and athletes live in consistently – hence the reason they are great.

      My dad loved this phrase: “knowing something and not acting on it is the same as not knowing it”.

      So true in high performance sport.

      Everyone knows the “secret” to success”: but about 1% actually live it.


  • Jeremy Posted November 2, 2010 7:53 am

    Once again you rock! I have found that one of the biggest reasons many coaches struggle with this is due to what I call a lack of ‘INNERGY- the mental fuel’.

    As you have pointed out numerous times in your articles, most coaches will RELY on their team talent and focus on the X’s and O’s. Why? It takes a ton of work on the coaches on inner awareness and self-improvement in order to be able to help others realize their own potential!

    Hey it’s like I say…if it’s all about YOU, than you’re not a coach!

    • Wayne Goldsmith Posted November 2, 2010 10:42 am

      Thanks Jeremy.

      Like many people I regularly check out all the Self-help books on sale and without doubt, they all push the same message: the same message that everyone knows is the Secret to Success: be all you can be by making the most of every opportunity.


  • Michael J Todd Posted November 3, 2010 1:36 pm

    I try to teach this to my team, and especially to my daughter. Practice the same way you are going to play in a game and always give 110%.

    • Wayne Goldsmith Posted November 3, 2010 2:53 pm

      That’s fantastic. What a great lesson to teach.



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