The Olympic Games are the world’s foremost sports competition with over 200 nations participating in it. Amid all the tough competition, the ethics and sporting spirit that creates legends and champions stand out. Winning the Olympic medal is an experience like nothing else and comes only after tons of hard work and pain. Focus, determination, strength and the right attitude are all requisites for participating and making a mark on such a gigantic platform. The champions who have fought and conquered know what it takes to succeed not only in the Olympics but also in life. Their advice can bring about a positive change in your mind-set which could make all the difference in reaching your goal. So, here are five tips from Olympic champions that will help you get success in all your ventures –
Be Very Real With Yourself:
Bode Miller, the finest American alpine ski racer, believes that “It is because I am flawed that I continue to chase excellence.” He emphasizes that people focus on their strengths rather than admitting to their flaws. The drawback of this approach is that you don’t recognise your scope for improvement as your strengths are already your gaining points with little room for improvement. He shares that one should always constantly work on their imperfections and improve them. What really elevates the level of performance of an individual in all fields like sports and business to new heights is an improvement.
Be tough and challenge your limits:
“I don’t really care who is beside me in the lane; you are just another warm body I need to beat. What I know is that I need to deliver my best game plan, to deliver my potential, which will give me the opportunity to swim fast enough to beat you.” – Kieren Perkins.
One thing The Kieren swears by is developing the mental toughness to be able to ignore naysayers and concentrate solely on the goal. He says that to deal with any situation and push your limits, you need to be able to stay composed and rational at all times and understand what matters and what does not. Further, you must have your goals clear in your mind to be able to deal with the situation without getting caught up in emotions. These are the crucial ingredients that will provide you with resilience. A clear mind-set will empower you to not get caught up in emotions and push your limits to achieve your goals.
Don’t let hiccups blur your vision:
This is a common advice that is given by all Olympians. The champions have faced failures and setbacks throughout their career. Each time they tripped, they got up and fought back stronger. Paul George, a U.S. basketball player had to learn to stand, walk, run and jump all over again after an accident in which he broke his right tibia and fibula. During his recovery, he observed, “If I can make it through this, it won’t get too much more difficult”. Life doesn’t always go smoothly. You can suffer setbacks in the form of missed promotions or losses. What matters, in the end, is not giving up on dreams and taking small step daily on the right path.
Success is a learning process:
The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, believes that victories are not always defined by securing the first place. No matter what you do, it is always about learning and inspiring. He believes in studying, reviewing previous performance and intensely working on improving technique. He once said in a statement, “I noticed a lot that I did in that race that I am not going to do again. I think I’m a lot more prepared this time.” The key is to never settle and always aspire for more.
Discover what makes you different and showcase it:
Since the “me too” syndrome has taken over the world, people often try to mime others and forget to maintain their individuality. However, the only way to stand out amid the crowd is to be your distinct self. Simon Biles, the legendary artistic gymnast who won four gold and a bronze medal, representing America at the Rio Olympics, said in her speech,” I am not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles.” She says that you should always be what you want to be and not whom others want to see you as. It is important to identify the skill set that makes you stand apart and focus on developing it.
Success is never served. One has to put in extraordinary effort to achieve extraordinary things. Discipline, commitment and the right attitude will help you overcome hurdles and pave your way to success.