Persistence, determination and a thirst for success are among the key values that drove Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins to lead the Tour of Britain, after winning stage three’s individual time trial. The 33-year-old athlete managed to round the 16km course in Knowsly, Merseyside in 19 minutes 54 seconds and beat his competitor Ian Stannard by 36 seconds. But it was not all plain sailing; Wiggins faced a series of challenges until he came to this triumph.
What can we learn from Wiggin’s success story?
#1 Be stubborn and set goals
For the British Olympic cycler, the adverse weather conditions were apparently an obstacle but nevertheless, did not put him off from attaining his goal. The target for him was clear from the very beginning and he was determined to end up in hospital rather than lose the fight! Although, the athlete experienced a hard year which cost him precious medals, his attention to detail and continuous devotion to performing a strong ride were key to his success. Setting clear-cut goals and defining ways to achieve these and also setting benchmarks can help you measure your success. But it is also important to stay focused on your goals and never derail from what you are bound to achieve, whatever the obstacles are.
#2 Be proactive and prepare well
Wiggins’ success was not randomly achieved. According to him, he has been training all July, rounding the course numerous times, just to test his performance in real conditions. He also chose to practice in the morning session, when it was raining in order to pick up crucial seconds on his rivals Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin. Interestingly, good planning, preparation and the cycler’s proactive stance were all paramount factors that paved the way for his success. In addition to these, Wiggins wanted to grasp a realistic overview of his real potential including his strengths and weaknesses by practicing day by day throughout July. Likewise, people who pursue success should ideally engage in self-scouting in an attempt to identify and evaluate their SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) and be able to find their competitive advantage.
It takes a lot of time and effort to achieve your goals. But remaining focused on principles and being patient are essential in doing so.