“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” Thus said Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee. Everyone has ambition. They all want to be the best at what they do. They want to be competitive, at the top of their game, and the pinnacle of success. That is human nature. Yet, there is so much more to being an Olympic athlete. People all too often forget the sacrifices and struggles involved in pursuing greatness. Many of these top performers have habits that shape who they are and these habits can easily fit into your life. Using a few of them can help you tap into your inner Olympian.
Give Yourself Goals
If you’re going to adopt the habits of the world’s top performers, you want to have something to work toward. The ambitious person sets goals early and often. Figure out exactly what it is that you want to achieve. Break that large goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. Track your progress as you make strides toward achievement. Measure your successes as well as your failures. Learn from your mistakes. Doing so not only makes your goal more attainable but gives you motivation when you do reach a milestone.
Whatever your goal, whatever you want to achieve, this is the foundation of everything in your life.
This may seem like a no-brainer but too many people believe that exercise alone can lead to a healthy lifestyle. Everyone has their vices and indulgences. Olympians are no exception. The difference is that they eat intentionally. In order to maintain the fine-tuned machine that is your body, give it foods that are nutrient-rich and promote good health. Treating yourself is fine once in a while. Though, to be as successful and competitive as you can, be mindful of what you put into your body.
Get the Right Kind of Sleep
Olympic athletes understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. Adults need anywhere between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Studies have shown that most people don’t get the recommended amount of rest that they need. Sleep is key in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Without it, recovery times after exertion are longer. The risk of injury increases. Physical and mental health suffers. Olympians always make sure to get enough sleep to stay refreshed and sharp. You should do the same.
Getting into a schedule is another important aspect of sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day can help you form productive habits. Productivity in the morning means that you can accomplish more throughout the rest of your day.
Whatever your field, make strides to be your best. Immerse yourself in your passions. Follow innovations, trends, and developments in your field. Collaborate and work with the competition. Not only can this collaboration help build your skill set, but it also challenges you to succeed. Olympic athletes build relationships with their competitors because they can drive one another to greatness. They can relate to one another’s experiences. They understand the sacrifices. You can put yourself in a similar situation. Find those that challenge you. Your rivals can keep you sharp.
Visualize Your Goals
One underrated habit Olympic athletes talk about is the power of visualization. You may not believe it, but imagining yourself succeeding works wonders. Before any big milestone, whether it be in your personal or professional life, visualizing your success acts as a powerful motivator. Envisioning yourself is a pivotal tool when working to achieve your goals.
Do What Works for You
Everyone is different. The habits and rituals you use to motivate yourself may not be the same that someone else uses. Know what you need to succeed. Don’t follow a crowd simply because the methods look like they work. You alone know what it takes to get you going. You alone know what drives you to get up and be productive every day. Practice the good habits that fit for your life.
Make It Fun
An optimistic and playful attitude is key to bettering your life. Olympians are not training every waking moment. They make time for other pursuits. Whatever your goals, give yourself time for decompression. Turn the more mundane tasks in your routine into games. Just because you want to become your best self does not mean that there is no time for humor or fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
When you have a list of ways to impact your life for the better, meeting your goals doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Keeping habits and routines that encourage and motivate you to succeed is easy if you take a few pages out of the Olympic books. Remember, your success is not about conquering. Your success is about fighting well.