The fastest route to achievement is to study others who have done something similar to what you want to do.
The Olympics in Rio are a source of this study. You don’t have to look very deep to witness some of the best lessons on the most strenuous discipline of all, self-discipline.
The Olympics Offer Unparalleled Learning and Inspiration.
Here are just a few highlights I have distilled to help us all kick off a week of achievement.
Michael Phelps won 5 Gold Medals in Rio and is the most decorated Olympian but his life is not without adversity. Phelps hit rock bottom in 2014, he looked in the mirror and had the “talk.” And……..
For the first time in his career he is now giving 100% to his training. Phelps said, 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.
Anthony Ervin won a Gold Medal for the U.S., swimming the free style as the oldest member of the swim team. He has battled Tourette’s since childhood and had the most grueling journey to Gold at age 35.
Katie Ledecky won 4 Gold Medals swimming in Rio. She hasn’t suffered much adversity but at only 19 she was under enormous pressure as she postponed college for competing.
She said, Don’t practice until you get it right practice until you can’t get it wrong.
Mo Farah fell during the 10,000 meter run in Rio only to immediately get up and run to win Gold. He said, Don’t dream of winning train for it!
Watching the race it was as though Mo Farah specifically trained for his reaction to falling.
The fastest woman in the world, Elaine Thompson won Gold in the 100-meter run with a time of 10.71 seconds. Her reaction says it all. See it here.
Delayed gratification, transcending adversity, winning in spite of the past, surpassing perceived limitations of age, injury or fear are what the Olympics are all about. Actually it’s what success in life is all about.
Do the work others will not do and achieve what others can’t.