Succeed like an Olympian
It has been quite amazing to watch the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. These athletes from all over the world demonstrate a great deal of enthusiasm, dedication, and desire. However, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy physical activity. Below are some tips in example of Olympic athletes on how the average individual can learn to succeed like the ultimate professionals.
- 1. Set goals
In the words of Gracie Gold, a 2014 first time US Olympic Figure Skater after she didn’t qualify for the US Championships, “With the help of family and friends, I took a hard look at myself and situation. It was a time of reflection, defining, redefining goals, and then formulating a new plan to reach them.” Setting goals is important to triumph in whatever you want to accomplish. Whether it’s competing in the Olympics for Figure Skating, running a mile straight, or completing a spin class without stopping, setting specific, timely, realistic, goals will help you succeed.
- 2. Practice, practice, practice
Shaun White is currently competing in his third Olympics, and demonstrates great athleticism in snowboarding as well as skateboarding. Whether it’s snowboarding, skateboarding, or both, Shaun is constantly practicing. Frequent training has allowed him to accomplish his goal of competing in the Olympics. If you want to improve at your favorite physical activity you should try to practice as often as possible. This will allow you to learn your strengths and weaknesses so you can rise to your full potential.
- 3. Listen and take care of your body
US speed skater Eddy Alvarez was told he may not be able to skate again after a painful knee surgery, but due to his passion and hard work he is now competing in Sochi. Pay attention and trust your body when you feel over worked or need a day or two off. When your body feels 100% is when you will gain the most enjoyment out of the activity you love.
By setting goals for yourself, practicing hard, and taking care of your body, you will thrive in your physical activity of choice, just like these Olympic athletes.