Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you are probably well aware that the Olympics are in full swing right now. Every four years everyday life as we know it pauses, and everywhere around the world people take a collective breath in anticipation as they watch their own countries compete for the gold. While we may not all be competing for a gold medal, there are several things we can learn from the athletes that are.
- It doesn’t matter if you’re the favorite or the underdog, anyone can come out on top. Every race in the Olympics features fan favorites, athletes that are favored based on previous races and times, and competitors that are quite obviously the underdog. The same is true for people in all walks of life and career paths; whether you’re the person that is expected to come out ahead or the person that no one expects to advance, you are capable of coming out on top.
- Dedication and hard work are well worth the effort. The Olympic qualifiers are the epitome of people who are driven and dedicated. For years they train tirelessly toward one solitary goal, and when they qualify for the Olympics that hard work and dedication comes to fruition. This drive is something we should all be applying to all facets of our lives. Going into life with only half the effort will breed only half the results. Aim to be the best.
- You should always pursue your dreams, no matter how trivial they may seem to others.The Olympians who compete in less popular sports, like curling or trampoline, probably seem trivial to the more popular Olympic sports of gymnastics or swimming. But at the end of the day they’re still Olympians and the world is still watching. No matter how trivial others may see your dreams they’re important to you, and that makes them worth pursuing.
- Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right. Anyone who falters in their own self confidence in the Olympics ends up failing, and anyone who believes that they can succeed will find a way to do so. Likewise, anyone who believes they can do something will find a way to make that dream become a reality, and anyone who wants to do something but believes they can’t, will fail. Choose to succeed.
- You can channel a loss and turn it into a win. Michael Phelps losing in the very first Individual Medley race he swam in the 2012 Olympics is the perfect example of taking a loss and turning it into a win. He went on after this initial loss to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. You can choose to let your loss define you or you can choose to let your loss drive you towards success.
The lessons that we can take away from the Olympics extend well past their month long stint, and are ones that we can hold with us forever. You don’t have to be an Olympian to reach for the gold, you simply have to believe in yourself and put in the work.
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