I don’t know about you, but the time difference between the UK and Brazil is killing me! I have been staying up later than usual and still missing out on key events that I would have loved to watch live. All in all, I have probably watched less of this Olympics that others over the years. From what I have seen, I am in awe of some absolutely stunning athletes, across a multitude of sports. Haven’t they been amazing?!
I have always wondered what goes on in their heads; these world-class athletes, who represent such a minute portion of the world’s population, that takes them to the top. And, how do some of them stay there? The greats like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, and the multitude of repeat gold medalists.
Admittedly, they have to do the hard yards and put the effort in. Their daily life is a routine of eat, sleep, train and repeat. Repeating this cycle, day in and day out, for most of their life. How do they do it? And it is not just a matter of training hard and getting straight to the Olympics, there are the countless competitions and qualifying events that they have to face just to qualify for the Olympics.
Assuming that the body is fit, what sets them apart is mindset. The ability to stay focused on the task at hand, in order to work towards the ultimate goal. To be able to bounce back from injury, defeat, losing out on a gold medal, losing out of any medal. To be able to consistently perform under pressure. To be able to withstand what life has to throw at you.
I cannot even fathom it.
I have done pretty well in life. I have some amazing peak experiences. I achieved a lot.
I know I am not as focused as I could be, and in comparison to these exceptional athletes, my mindset is nowhere in comparison.
It does make me wonder what if I ramped it up a little?
Any slight shifts in energy and direction will result in some other result.
Where would that take me?
How about you?
Till next time …