Posted On Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 09:24:18 AM
There are those who are so indifferent that they wouldn’t lift a finger when the world is falling apart; and then are those who push themselves to the wall and do whatever it takes to achieve results. Most folks lie in between. They’re doing fine, but not excelling. As we gear up for the much awaited Olympics, we could take some tips from the best athletes in the world to bridge the gap between merely doing and actually achieving.
Track your progress
In order to achieve new heights of excellence, you have to first know where you stand. You have to be in complete recognition and acceptance of your strength and weaknesses. An Olympian has a chart for measuring performance down to fractions of seconds. Charting progress is a great motivational tool and gives positive reinforcement. You also gain insight into what methods work for you and where you need to improve.
Do what you love
Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, winner of a gold medal in the men’s floor exercise Olympics in 2004, says he only thought about gymnastics even as a child. The athlete who was also a skilled hockey player turned to gymnastics because he simply loved the sport. Do what you love, instead of taking up something that you don’t, because it will eventually reflect in your work.
Do set ambitious goals
Olympians want to be the best in the world at what they do. And when they accomplish that, they want to be even better. Aim to ace your job. If you feel you’re demonstrating excellence, push yourself further.
To keep pace with your distinction performance, you need to be persistent. For example, swimmer Michael Phelps, won six gold medals and two bronze in Athens in 2004. But Phelps wasn’t satisfied. In 2008, he decided he could do even better, and won eight gold medals in Beijing.
People who are beginners or intermediate runners get a motivational boost from listening to music when they’re practising. This creates a dissociative state where they are distracted from the pain and boredom of the mundane training. But Olympians are different. When you’re working with such discipline, you need to be in an “associative state” where you are closely in tune with your body.
They embrace the pain, then find and test their limits. Adopt this discipline of some of the best athletes in the world to be ace at your work. No job is easy. There- ’ll be problems, acknowledge and embrace them. Learn to work your way through them and only then will you be able to achieve the efficiency and excellence.
Do seek professional advice
If you’re not good at something, it won’t hurt to seek professional help. Coaching makes all the difference for achampion and it can for you as well. All the best athletes in the world have been rigorously trained for years in their sport.
Most people jump into jobs immediately after graduation. To achieve the best results, remember you need to seek advice from pros. If you are looking for a job in the media, there’s no harm investing a year studying mass communication. Follow it up with an internship.
So when you actually earn your first job, you not only have hands on experience, but are also more prepared for the grind.
• Olympians want to be the best in the world at what they do