by Jana Owen on August 7, 2012
I had the pleasure and fortune of attending some of the Olympic games last week in London. Im hooked .I will be attending many more. The energy, activities, culture, comradery, and events were thrilling! But besides that, there is so much to admire about Olympians, and learn from.
I have asked several people What do you admire most about Olympic athletes? Most people mentioned the discipline or the belief in their own achievement. But there are SO many things we can learn from these talented athletes.
These are a few of things I wanted to take away from the Olympics.
1. The patience for delayed gratification. I can be impatient with many day to day experiences .but it is a different mindset to be patient with your long term goals. These athletes work most of their lives to compete in something that may take seconds! WOW! Thinking about that makes me feel silly about feeling frustrated when I dont see the results that I want after dieting for one week! Whatever your long term goals are be patient with you, and know that it will come. Have a vision, have a plan, and work diligently .it will come.
2. The power of visualization. My coaching clients will tell you I am adamant about this. The power of the mind to create your reality after creating the vision is astonishing to me. It is extremely important to visualize the outcome of ANY situation worth thinking about. Athletes will tell you over and over .this is something they do on a regular basis. Do you have a meeting with your boss coming up? Visualize how you want to feel after. Do you have a big sale you are trying to achieve? Visualize how you will feel when it is a success .and what that process looks like. VISUALIZE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO LOOK LIKE.
3. Feeling truly happy for others successes. In competitive situations it is easy to be envious, or even self-righteous about losing. We see sore losers many times in the Olympics. We have felt envy about a co-workers success (especially when you feel you worked so hard for the same outcome). Sibling rivalries anyone?? Imagine if you could find true authentic gratitude and happiness for someone elses achievement .imagine how different this world would look! You will get back what you give and sharing ones success is necessary for your successes to be fulfilling or even to come to fruition at all. You can dispute that, but it is what I believe. And it just feels better!
Thank goodness there is 4 years to plan my trip to Rio! But I will try to remember all the things I observed during these games. We can learn from everyone around us, but especially these marvelous athletes with dreams they are chasing after every single day.