Thus far we’ve discussed the 12 points of the SP pack, 11 types of people everyone should surround themselves with, and 10 commandments of a new culture athlete. Today we’ll cover the 9 intangible qualities that define a person of great character. In the athletic arena, tangible physical qualities (strength, speed, agility, conditioning) are important, but they will only advance you so far. All else being equal, it is an athlete’s intangible qualities that dictates whether they will fulfill a championship lifestyle or spend the rest of their life wishing they had.

Be Passionate: Love what you do and who you do it for. Nothing is more obvious than the act of going through the motions. When adversity arises, passion will catapult you through the sticking point. Passion is controlled obsession. Make it your purpose, your livelihood, your motivation.

Be Prepared: Opportunities never provide advance warning, be ready to seize them when they present themselves. Nothing is ever set in stone when it comes to life or athletic competition. Rosters can completely change in the blink of an eye as a result of injuries or off-field infractions. When it’s your turn to finally step into that starting role, be ready to take your opportunity. Preparation is an irreplaceable assett in a portfolio of success.

Be Proficient: Technical and mental proficiency are crucial components of success. Practice your skill until it becomes second nature. Self assess yourself and be brutally honest. Seek out experts to critique your every move. Visualize your success and recreate the perfection that will get you there. Proficiency requires practice and persistence. We all have plenty of both.

Be Positive: Things won’t always go your way, but don’t let that get in your way.  If you fail at something, it is an opportunity for you to learn and improve. Find out what you did right, and what you need to fix in order to succeed next time. When your friends fail, be the rock for them to stand on. Positivity is contagious. Let it run free.

Be Pleasant: Be the type of person other people are excited to speak with. Offer insight that provides upside and inspiration to others. Establish a firm handshake, a sincere smile, and an empathetic attitude. Relationships are built and destroyed from the tip of your tongue. Keep creating them. No one ever remembers a grump.

Be Persistent: If you’re knocked down seven times, get up eight. Ignore the negative impulse to quit when things get challenging, painful, or overwhelming. Every day is an opportunity to improve one of your weaknesses and master a new skill. Keep chipping away at your deficiencies and eventually they will become your strengths. 

Be Proud: Having pride means standing tall through success and failure. Being proud allows us to believe in ourself, our mission, and our beliefs regardless of opinion, insult, or otherwise. Pride is a stance that symbolizes a set of values that others in your circle can stand behind. Without pride, success is a mere fantasy.

Be Playful: There are times to be serious, and there are times to be playful. Never be too serious and focused on your goals that you lose the ability to laugh at yourself or enjoy the moment. It’s important to have perspective on your situation. Have a sense of humor and enjoy your blessings.

Be Patient: Success isn’t achieved overnight. It is earned bit by bit every day. Trust the process. Keep your eye on the goal, and work everyday to move at least one step closer to it. If you stay the course, your time will come. Be patient my friend, be patient.

Good things come to those who wait.