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How to Be A Sport Superstar 

Are you an good at a sport? Many of us are. But few of us would consider outselves athletes, much less champion athletes. Most of us lack the skill and dedication it takes to become a sport super star. The best athletes in their sports carve a niche in the hall of fame for all time. They even make their game a household word; even non-sports lovers know about them and their sport. Tiger Woods, Babe Ruth, Tom Brady, just to name a few.

But have you ever stopped to consider what goes into the making of a sports superstar?



We often picture athletes as trim people clad in sporty get-ups, feet fitted with the latest running shoes, and under strict training for an upcoming sports event. These are "athletic players" and most are sponsored by big-time companies. They are out there to win and they try hard to do so. Though champions, most of them are not yet mature enough to understand why they are athletes. They just know that their pay check and sponsorship hangs in the balance if they don't do well.

Then there is another breed of athlete who is not only athletic but his heart and soul are genuinely in the sport. His life revolves around his sport. Though in and out of formal training for official events, he is always in self-training. Once an ace athlete, always an ace athlete; a real call to athletics is irrevocable. You not only train hard but, as the jests say, you die training.

But to be sure, the first step to becoming an ace athlete is to be an athlete first and decide to remain an athlete for life. You must determine with your heart and mind what sport you are going to pursue for the rest of your life.

Birth of an athlete
The moment you fall in love with a sport activity, the athlete in you is born. It starts in your mind. You may have read a sports book or an item in the sports section of a newspaper, or have watched a sports event in the TV or movies when you became interested or, at least, attracted to such sport. Your admiration may not be contained to just seeing the thing, but it may have stirred up your imagination and you may have actually began to see yourself doing the feat and becoming a champion at it. You may have researched more about the sports game, bought the equipment you need, and started on a journey to carve out a niche for yourself in the hall of fame.

Some abort their sports inclination by becoming mere sports fans. They love sports and sports heroes, but they seldom practice the game. Some people may call them "athletic" because of their familiarity with and interest in the subject, but they are nothing more than sports fans.

A sports fan who is actually an athlete inside will soon work his way out to become the sportsman he admires and even excel at it. He will strive hard to outdo his previously accomplished feats. This he does for life, with or without formal competitions.
If you decide to engage in a particular sports career, start to "grow up" in it, acquire new and higher levels of skills and agility (swift mind and body coordination), and later become mature in the game. Hard training separates men from boys (or women from girls), and you will soon become known as a competent player. You will no longer be regarded as an awkward neophyte in terrible want of speed, form, and accuracy, but you will be able to combine grace, precision, and lightning pace without much effort. You will be able to judge and decide maturely in the game. Soon, you will find yourself the chosen bet of a special group, and regular competition will hone your skills to mastery. That's when you begin to train other aspirants to be like you. From being a "newly born," you become a "father."

Real athletes must be "fathered"
Having a coach to see and guide you through a competition is not enough to be an ace athlete. Someone must coach you until you reach mastery. That someone ought to be a real athlete himself, coached or "fathered" through a long process by a qualified "father" in athletic training.
A "father" in training is a battle-hardened master armed with a wealth of experience in his chosen field. He is not only knowledgeable in it; he can be considered an epitome in the field. He has seen lots of actions and has been part of them, and he knows every nook and cranny of the arena. He is so familiar with the "feeling" of being out there where the action is. He knows that real sports encounters are alive; meaning anything can happen out there, and no pattern or formula can compare to live, on-the-spot events. It is only the accurate judgment and experience of the wise that can cope up with live events. He is also so sensitive to the right and wrong forms, including the executions of a technique, the timing, and the right effects. All these can only be available to a real "father" of sports training.
Some coaches are mere P.E. teachers, or at best, athletic players once upon a time. They can help some; but at times, they can be more of hindrances than wise guides for trainees. They will tend to be bookish and stick to "what the book says," or to what they have learned in school, or to what they have experienced in amateur contests. Without mastery (through real, professional sports encounters), they lack the sense to know that aside from mastering basic forms or moves, you have to be flexible and adaptable to unexpected things that are likely to happen out there in the actual arena. Only seasoned sports "fathers" will be able to divulge these details and wisdom to trainee-"sons."

In his skills and experience, a "father" trainer patiently raises up "sons" to continue his calling, or pass down his mission to succeeding generations. He knows too well that champions come from a relay of skills and wisdom, or a technology transfer, and not from those who start out from scratch.

You cannot train yourself, or train alone, and come out champion. You cannot also have amateur coaches train you to be champion. You have to feed from the experiences of those who had been there before, saw real tough actions, and really made it to the top. They may be likened to a lighthouse that points out what is right and what is wrong, separating fact from myth.

An athletic player acquires knowledge and skill mostly from his own experiences. He may upgrade that by joining competitions and by wearing colorful uniforms, and subjecting himself periodically to coaches. He occasionally reads books about the game. He may even be awarded best player. However, he does not make a career out of it. Eventually, he drops out from the scene and the sport altogether. He will have good stories to tell about how he used to be this and that, but people may not be able to trace his stories because of his now bloated physique due to the absence of training.

An ace athlete, on the other hand, is a "son." He has a "father" who raises him up, and this athlete is aware that he is not just being raised up to win an event or a couple of events; he is being raised up to be a father to raise up other sons someday. Unlike the athletic player who would point to rusted trophies and medals and photos of victories as his proof of being once in the sport, real athletes point to actual "fathers" who have trained them and from whom they have received "trade secrets" for success. They also point to actual athletes and champions they have personally trained and "fathered" to pass on the heritage for generations to come.

An ace athlete not only aims to be a champion, but lives to develop other champions.

An ace athlete's philosophy: "The kind of champion you raise up is dependent on the kind of champion you are."
The drive to bring out the champion in himself and in others separates the ace athlete from mere athletic players. The philosophy is that,

This philosophy ought to be in your heart and mind always to bring out the ace athlete in you. You must strive to be the best you can be so that what you produce later in others will be the same as, if not better than, you. Hence, you must train for life. You must increase your level of excellence so as not to compromise the quality of the athletes you will train.

You may ask, "How can you excel in training and produce quality athletes when you get old?" You never get old by training others. That's why many "retired" professional sportsmen write books. Or, they start gyms where their "sons" train others, and they assume supervisory roles. They share their wise counsels in old age. Through these legacies, they are, in a sense, still in training, still excelling, and still training others. They become legends, living or otherwise. These are the ace athletes or sportsmen who really "die training." They really contribute significantly to their chosen field of sports not only in their lifetime, but also beyond.
Without the above philosophy, you will just end up a fruitless, spent, and forgotten used-to-be in sports. You are reading this precisely because you do not want to end up like this. As long as you live the philosophy of an ace athlete, you will not. How can you excel and outdo your own excellence as time passes? How can you contribute significantly to your sport? Read on…