How You Could Be the Next Olympic Gold Medal Winner
The cheers from the frenetic crowd rise and fall as the swimmer’s head rolls to breathe. Inhale. Roll. Dig your arms down! Elbows high! Rotate your hips and kick. Reach! Roll, breathe in, repeat. She can see another swimmer gaining ground on her left. She’s almost there. All that she has ever wanted in her life is nothing compared to how much she wants to achieve this victory. Her lungs are burning. Every muscle screams for her to stop. The crowd is gone, the swimmers are gone; she is alone. Pushing through the pain, her hand touches the wall first. She has won the gold!
To the millions watching the drama of the Olympic Games unfold, it would seem as though this swimmer has achieved greatness. When the national anthem plays, and she is immortalized with a gold medal, this is indeed a spectacular moment. But most of us will not be included in the history books as Olympic athletes. I have pulled my back several times doing nothing but getting out of the shower. However, I believe that we are all capable of (relative) greatness.
How does this apply to me, you may ask? Great question. The $60,000 question is “what do I need to do to achieve my own greatness?”
Take a lesson from that Olympian:
Routines are not just for training for the Olympics. They are necessary for getting your two-year-old to sleep, breaking old habits, or improving your daily productivity. Having a routine—particularly in the morning—is a great way to get more out of your day.
- Visualize your gold medal
Legendary LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman preached the power of visualization to his teams. Call to mind your goal, whatever that may be, and see yourself reaching it. Ask yourself how you feel, what is different now that you have achieved your goal; what obstacles were the most difficult to overcome along the way?
Olympic athletes cannot succeed alone, and you shouldn’t be expected to either. Even in a solo sport like archery, diving, or fencing, there are coaches, family members, and fans that encourage and support the athlete. You are no different. Having friends, co-workers, family, and even coaches with whom to share your dreams and encourage you is crucial to achievement. Goals that are easily accomplished are not worthwhile, and worthwhile goals are easier to realize with the right support system.
Will you win the gold the next Olympics? Probably not. But you can win your Olympics. Reach a new sales goal, learn a new language, or save enough money to take a trip you’ve always dreamed of. All of these can be done if you follow the three tips outlined above. When you do achieve that goal, I hope that it is all that you envisioned and you share it with those you love.
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