I first came across the acronym “G.A.M.E.R” from Joe DeFranco, strength & conditioning coach to numerous professional athletes. G.A.M.E.R is short for: Goal-oriented, Accountable, Motivated, Exact, and Resilient. These where the personality traits he identified in his high school athletes he believed had the greatest potential to turn pro in their sport. Let’s break each one down real quick:
Goal Oriented: If you don’t know where you are going, you can’t get there. Those with “it” know exactly what they want to accomplish. Because of this, they exude the confidence necessary to achieve something great.
Accountable: Those who have “it” always take responsibility for their actions. They know their future is determined by their actions. If they fall short of their goals, they own up to it, take responsibility, learn from it, and move on to the next goal.
Motivated: If you have “it”, you don’t need someone else to hype you up. You know what you need to do, and you get it done.
Exact: This refers to the actions you take to get to your goals. If you are trying to be a pro basketball player, you don’t need to work on running long distances. Only focus on things that directly help you reach your goals. This is where a coach or a mentor comes in.
Resilient: Without resiliency, the rest of the characteristics don’t matter. If you give up at the first obstacle you run into it doesn’t matter how exact your training is or how perfect your goals are. The athletes that are successful are the ones who deal with adversity better than anyone else.
While the acronym “GAMER” was created in a sports context, these same character traits are identifiable in any individual leading their industry.
The attitude you hold is more important than the specific action you take. With the right attitude, eventually you’ll stumble across the best actions to take to accomplish great things.
Become a GAMER.
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50 Burpees for time.