We love cheering on Olympic athletes, hoping that they will have what it takes to win the Gold medal they dream of. Watching the Olympics may also have inspired you and given you a renewed sense of purpose for what you want to achieve in your life.
The stories of these athletes teach us that it is possible to dream big and have that dream become reality. We discover that with intense focus we can excel at something. We are taught that even with extreme challenges and setbacks, that if we believe in our dream strong enough, anything is possible.
There are several things that Olympians have in common that we can use in our own life to accomplish our dreams.
Every day the Olympian visualizes what they want to happen. They are not just “thinking” about it. They are seeing it happen as if it were a movie in their minds eye. They go over everything repeatedly in their mind. They know what they are going to smell, see and hear. They know the sounds of the crowd and they know how they are going to feel when they win the gold medal they have dreamed of for so long. Everything in this world was imagined before it became reality. The average person spends too much of their day imagining the worst. The Olympian is different though, because they imagine greatness.
The Olympian knows that they must be extremely focused on their goal and excel in the skill sets necessary to reach excellence. They do not try to take short cuts or scatter their energies on many different things. To become the very best, they focus on their sport, day and night.
Another skill that all Olympians have in common is their ability to handle obstacles. They know that this is part of their journey; that the road will not always be straight and that they will have many challenges along the way. The Olympians are different than most of us because of the way they overcome these setbacks. They do not whine and complain that it is too hard to continue; that it is too difficult to make the changes required to live their dream. The Olympian never gives up. They persevere and move forward, no matter what.
What inspires you to greatness? Learn from the Olympic athlete how to visualize, focus and overcome setback and you too can reach for the stars.