Most of us will never compete in the Olympics, but there are lessons we can learn from Olympic athletes that can help us reach a new level of success in all that we do.
Here are 10 characteristics and behaviors of Olympic athletes worth copying, according to Steve Siebold, a former professional athlete, mental toughness coach to professional athletes and author of the book “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class”:
1. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. Olympians have a “whatever-it-takes” attitude. They’ve made the decision to pay any price and bear any burden in the name of victory.
2. Olympic athletes embrace conflict for growth. When most people run into an obstacle, they seek escape. Olympic athletes have a plan to push forward when this happens and learn all they can from the challenge. They know facing adversity is part of being successful.
3. Olympic athletes are held accountable on so many levels. One of the biggest problems is that most people have no means of accountability or a support system in place when it comes to what they’re trying to accomplish.
4. Olympic athletes are learning machines. They spend hours practicing, studying their competitors, watching videos of their performances and session after session with their coaches and mentors. If the average person adopted just a fraction of their work ethic, the results they could achieve would be endless.
5. Olympic champions know very good is bad. For the average person, to be classified as very good is something to be proud of. For the great ones, it’s an insult.
6. Olympic athletes make “do-or-die” commitments. When most people are burned out from the battle, Olympians are just getting warmed up. It’s not that they don’t fatigue, but their commitment to their dream of winning the gold keeps them going.
7. Olympic athletes are consistently great. The reason they are so consistent is because their actions are congruent with their thought processes. They have a very clear mental picture of what they want, why they want it and how to move closer to their target objective.
8. Olympians are coachable. Most people will only accept the amount of coaching their egos will allow. Champions like Olympic athletes are well-known for being the most open to world-class coaching. The bigger the champion, the more open-minded they are.
9. Olympians compartmentalize their emotions. In other words, they have the ability to put aside anything else going on at that very moment and focus only on the task in front of them.
10. Olympians think big. Ask most people what they’re thinking at any given time, and you might be surprised to learn how many think about just getting by. That’s called selling yourself short. Olympians are fearless and focused on manifesting their ultimate dream of bringing home the gold.