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What does it take to be an Olympic athlete?

What does it take to be an Olympic athlete?

As I was watching the Wimbledon Championship tennis recently and hearing about plans for the upcoming Olympics, I must admit, I am longing for London a bit.  I used to live in England and went to school in London for a year.  My daughter lives there.

I started thinking – What does it take to be a top athlete – an Olympian?

I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything. ~ Michael Phelps

I have had the pleasure to meet a couple of Olympic athletes and through my conversations with them, other athletes and other successful people, I hear a lot of the same words and qualities over and over.

Commitment and Focus – You need to know what you want, commit to it and then stay focused on the goal.  When deciding what action to take, ask yourself – “Is this going to take me closer to my goal?”  If the answer is “No!”, then you may want to reconsider your action.

Perseverance and Dedication – It can take a lot of time to get to the top and you have to persevere even when you don’t feel like it.  Some days it will be easier than others to stay on track and do what you know you need to do.

Support – You cannot do it on your own.  You need people around you who lift you up when you need it and who push you to do more, especially when you don’t  believe in yourself.  You need someone in your corner when it feels like you are pushing a boulder up a hill alone.  When the naysayers’ voices inside your head or outside your head get louder than you can handle, you need a constant voice who can speak even louder and silence or at least muffle those doubts.

I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time. ~ Michael Phelps

 

Here’s another blog post to inspire you:-

http://judypeebles.com/perseverence/

Please share your thoughts and ideas.

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