Have you been tuning in to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games? If so, you’ve probably noticed how strong the athletes are both mentally and physically. With their chiseled physiques and superhuman endurance, each of them will be trying to deliver a performance worthy of an Olympic medal. No pressure!
Behind those warm smiles and friendly waves, though, they are fierce competitors who have spent years perfecting their craft. How do they keep their minds so sharp, so focused? How do they still seem happy in the face of adversity? Can you learn to do the same?
With practice, absolutely. You may not ever become an Olympic athlete but you can definitely learn how to think like one .
Visualize Those Goals
This might seem like a no-brainer but if you want to accomplish big things, you need to allow yourself to dream big. Research suggests that being able to visualize what you want to accomplish is remarkably powerful. One study showed that while weightlifters who actually worked out gained 30% in muscle mass, those who only imagined exercising still increased their muscle mass by 13.5%. That’s crazy!
- Mind-Body ConnectionThe impact our thoughts can have on our bodies should never be underestimated
. Just look at those weightlifters! For this reason, it’s so important to train your mind to focus on positive thoughts. Next time you want to complain about your situation, take that time to visualize a better future.
- Daily Practice
. At least once a day, picture a highly-specific goal. Imagine that you’ve already made it happen. See every single detail in your mind as if it’s reality. What are you wearing? How are you feeling? Do you hear something? Are you alone? What’s going on around you? As those images fill your mind, repeat affirmations such as “I am strong” or “I can do this” and push aside any doubts. You’ve got this!
People who are resilient recover from adversity much quicker than others . In competition (and in life), anything can happen – false starts, injuries, loud noises – but a world-class athlete knows how to recover with grace. You can too.
- Go With The Flow
. When skiing legend, Lindsay Vonn (and her adorable pup, Lucy), was delayed on her flight to Korea, she opted against complaining and, instead, took the opportunity to
connect with her fans
on Twitter. She didn’t let a temporary inconvenience rattle her. Next time you’re in a similar situation, find a way to make it a positive moment. It’s not always easy but, with practice, you will change how your mind responds to unexpected challenges.
- Shake It Off
. When American figure skater, Nathan Chen,
stumbled through his first event
in PyeongChang, he didn’t dwell on it. He admitted to overthinking things and said he would “readjust” before the next competition. That’s the right attitude.
- Self Evaluate
. Ask yourself how you’d respond to being cut off in traffic, spilling coffee on your clothes or dealing with a flat tire. Would you recover from the frustration pretty quickly or would it ruin the rest of your day? If it’s the latter, you may want to focus on building your resilience.
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