The Olympics are in my home town London. I could not be happier. It is so exciting!!!!!! London has hosted the Olympic Games on two past occasions in 1908 and 1948. It is amazing! The Games Begin July 27th @ 7:30pm. The athletes I will be watching are Usain Bolt from Jamaica and of course Team USA. Oops, I have been in New York to long, I forgot about my home town. I will be watching my fellow country people from England.
Olympians are the modern gladiators of our time. Every athlete dreams of attending but only a few and the best of every country make it. It’s fair to say that the Olympics put added pressure on most athletes because it is held once every 4 years. It’s pressurized because every athlethe has dreams of playing at the Olympics. I love watching Gymnastics; I will be watching Gabrielle Douglas referred to as the flying squirrel. She is quite remarkable. So young, so talented and bright. Gabrielle’s confidence could light up any stadium! I wish her much success and pray she procure the GOLD MEDAL!
What does it take to be an Olympian? Is it just training, their natural gifts or could it a certain kind of personality? We don’t know. If it was just one thing scientists would have the winning formula in a test tube by now. Talent is one of the many key components, as well as speed, strength, and endurance? But determination and a fighter spirit is one of the major components for success.
What about passion? Where does passion come in? You have to love what you do. You must be willing to invest the necessary time it takes to become an expert in your event. What does it take to do your best when the pressure is on? When the pressure is on, being in the zone is where most athletes master their personal psychological skills that allow them to become the very best. They have be able to recover from an error on a dime; as a second of time could be the difference between a gold medal or being a person that went to the Olympics. Athletes know all about being in the zone. We as ordinary people could learn a lot from athletes. Learn how to manage our stressful/demanding situations. Like an athlethe it takes years of practice to cultivate laser-like focus.
As with most things, as one learns, they realize it is not about being perfect at what you do. It is about being in the moment as life gives it to you. It is about not worrying about being perfect, about past failures and looking at the scoreboard while in the moment.
If we went after our goals like Olympians there would be nothing we could not accomplish. We would be able to accomplish our desires and goals consistently. We can all be Olympians by adopting and using: visualization, setting a goals, and concentrating. Being able to learn methods that relax you when needed and/or learning ways to hype yourself up by using positive self-talk. Use these methods in a consistent order and you WILL succeed. Being successful, is learning how to manage your mind to be a success. Once you are ready to accomplish your goal, all you would have to do is focus and let it happen. Athletes have prepared their bodies and minds to succeed. Athletes are ready to go for gold. For the untrained goal setter, it is always the mind that gets in the way. Are you willing to do the work?
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