If you’ve ever wondered why business CEOs, presidents, executives, venture capital backers and entrepreneurs take such a keen interest in extreme sports, it’s not for the popularity. There are many parallels between the athletes of extreme sports and entrepreneurs.

For most athletes, challenging situations are cause for new thought patterns that help them succeed in certain situations. Not only have they strived to be athletic champions, they also have a unique mindset. It is for this reason you’ll find a variety of business people taking on extreme sports. It is here where they can learn new skill sets in coaching and discipline that helps them deliver better business results.

Stamina
Like every high profile sport, kitesurfing is incredibly competitive. Remaining a leader in your game requires a sincere level of stamina and dedication that most folks cannot even imagine. Getting up early every morning to practice, regardless if conditions are favorable or not, is one of the keys to creating stamina.

Every entrepreneur, at some point in time, will also face unfavorable conditions. Business is very competitive so staying at the top of your game can mean life or death for your company. Getting up early every morning and getting out there is often the difference between success and failure.

Focus
Learning to completely focus on the task at hand is how many athletes find the strength to go the distance they must go. Allowing your mind to stray, even for just one second, can upset the pattern of focus and produce unfavorable results. In the business world, it’s just as important to focus on the here and now than allow your mind to wander too far into the future of what if’s. This too, can produce unfavorable results.

Flexibility
It’s imperative that every athlete have the physical flexibility to fully compensate for their chosen sport. Whether you’re a yoga instructor, a football coach or a kitesurfer, being flexible in ways that allow you to move in time with the physical demands of the sport, is essential. In order to create a successful business, you need to offer flexibility in your way of thinking. Being too ridged about how a team should work or how a product should be, usually backfires.

Commit to the challenge
Kiteboarder of the year in 2012, Jessie Richman, admits his daredevil jumps cause him to have serious thoughts when he’s taking off. He says that commitment was always a key factor to whether a jump was a success or a failure. Once he decided to take that jump, there was zero room for uncertainty. He was 100 percent committed to following through and any time he did waver, even for one second, he says he crashed.

A startup company also requires this level of dedication and commitment to the challenge. Having doubts and second guessing is this going to work, is a waver in your commitment. Questioning your belief in yourself, your abilities, is another way to waver and ensure the inevitable crash. However, when you don’t waver, you’ll stand a higher chance of success. Take a lesson from the professional athletes…self-doubt can lead to actions that set you up for immediate failure.

 
Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy . He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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