4 Lessons We Can Learn From Olympic Athletes to Achieve Greater Success

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1. Setting Challenging Goals

Photo credit: www.entrepreneur.com— Original screen grub from Michael Phelp’ s TV Interview with Joe Buck of Fox Sports

“You must begin with the end in mind.” — Stephen Covey

Example: Instead of saying. “ I want to lose weight next summer”, you could say “ I want to lose 20 pounds next summer”. As you can see, the latter is more specific. 
Example: Let’s say you are working on a side-hustle and you want it to eventually replace your income. If you know that you earn $60,000 a year, you’ll need to earn $5,000 every month to reach your goal. Every month you can track your progress to see how far or how close you are to the target amount because it’s measurable.
Example: Let’s say you want to run a marathon in the next month. If you’ve been a couch potato for the last 10 years and have never been athletic in your life, it’s impossible to go from doing zero exercises to running a marathon without sufficient incremental training over some time to get your base level fitness. 
Example: You want to pursue a postgraduate degree as a full- time student. First, consider whether you can afford not to have a full-time job until you complete your studies. Will the qualification help advance your career or possibly increase your income? if so, it might be worthwhile. 
Example: Instead of saying,  “I want to save $10,000” you need to say, “I want to save $10,000 by 31 December 2020. 

2. The Power of Visualisation

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint, and begin to build” — Robert Collier

3. Strong Work Ethic — No Pain, No Gain

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King

Hard workers don’t make excuses, they show up all the time.

4. Mental Toughness

“The only way you gain mental toughness is to do things you’re not happy doing. If you continue doing things that you’re satisfied and make you happy, you’re not getting stronger. You’re staying where you’re at. Either you’re getting better, or you’re getting worse. You’re not staying the same.” — David Goggins — retired US Navy Seal and ultra-marathon runner.

Closing Thought

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