The 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi, Russia has certainly seen its fair share of winners and losers. Athletes that were expected to be the golden stars have received no gold medals and those who were unlikely to be placed in the top 8 are the ones standing on the podium holding gold, silver, or bronze. The Winter Olympics, just as the Summer Olympics, is exciting, colorful, and spectacular to watch. It really doesn’t matter which country you favor, somehow you always end up rooting for the underdogs.
In the January/February edition of Women’s Health magazine there is a wonderful article by Jen Ator entitled, Find the Winner’s Edge. Jen’s article looks at 4 Olympic athletes who are on the winning edge and reveals the “six mental traits that separate the average from the extraordinary.” These six traits: perseverance, self-awareness, resilience, perspective, focus, and discipline, will definitely carry you to victory regardless of whether you are trying out for a spot on the winter Olympics or getting rid of unrealistic fear so that you can live a courageous, fearless life.
Olympic athletes really do put their bodies and minds through some grueling workouts. No matter how hard it gets, how sore their bodies feel, or how daunting the goal may seem, they don’t give up. They are going to get a place on the Olympic team. They will represent their country. They will be a winner. This is the mindset it takes to accomplish their dreams.
“I refuse to be deterred by failure. A little failure today is not a failure if it leads to success tomorrow.” ~ Lolo Jones, Bobsled
“You have to be smart enough to know when to push yourself and when not to.” Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarding
“I had no idea how I’d do it, but I never doubted that I would.” Amy Purdy, Para-Snowboard Cross
“I don’t by any means wake up motivated every morning. I’m often relying on my commitment, not my motivation.” Emily cook, Freestyle Skiiing Aerials
A winning mindset does not happen overnight. It takes those six traits mentioned above and a whole lot of courage to come out on top. More often than not it feels like a very lonely journey. The key to remember is that you are never alone.
I hope you will take a little time to read Jen’s article. You may not be training for the Olympics, but you are working at this thing called life. Sometimes we need a dose of encouragement to help us Kick Fear Now.