How To Develop A Powerful Athlete Mentality (Without Being An Athlete)
I’ll be honest, I am suffering from real Olympic and Paralympic Games withdrawal. I miss watching athlete mentality in action. It has been over a week and I am still feeling a little lost because I haven’t had to put the TV on to catch up with what has happened overnight at the Winter Olympics. Especially in the curling! Gotta love curling.
I cannot deny that I get completely obsessed when the Olympic and Paralympic Games are on. My productivity levels sky rocket after the Closing Ceremonies, it is true!
Of course, part of the reason I love the Games is because I have been to two Paralympic Games, so I know exactly what these athletes are putting into their sports. But I also love the Games because I think the general public could learn a lot from the athlete mentality. I believe that if we were able to apply the “athlete mentality” in every day life, we could see amazing results very quickly. Even if we are not athletes!
What is an athlete mentality?
Many people would say that athletes are selfish. On one level, they are. Their own sports, training, results, and outcomes are more important than anything else. But does this really count as selfishness? They simply know what they want, they soak up all the knowledge they can and they have a belief in their ability to pull it all together when it matters the most. Athletes know exactly why they do what they do and find ways to make it happen.
Is that selfish? Or is it just the kind of attitude that everyone wishes they had?
You see, Olympic athletes don’t just rock up to an Olympic Games. I wish! I wish all you had to do was turn up and you were given a medal. That would have made my life 100 times easier.
Instead, every detail of their sports are on the minds of each athlete, every second of every day.
Laying everything on the line
Whether their results are amazing, good, bad or ugly, every eventuality has been planned for. No stone is ever left unturned. Determination to succeed is ever present!
In reality, the spirit of athletes is not something that has to be unique to the Olympic or Paralympic Games. It is free for anyone to adopt.
Athletes lay everything on the line. Unless something has gone wrong, when they leave the field off play, there will have been nothing more they could have done or given. This is feeling everyone with a goal ought to have. Whether it is a business or personal goal, you ought to feel like there is nothing more you could have done. If you truly do everything you can to achieve a goal, the actual result will not be as important.
The only difference between athletes and everyone else is that the whole world is watching. Imagine trying to achieve a personal goal with hundreds of people watching you. In truth, many people are scared to attempt goals because they’re afraid of what others might think. They feel like they will be judged or laughed at.
Athletes need to find a way to ignore the world’s judgements and opinions. This is not a skill they are born with. They merely develop the belief and knowledge that they are the experts of themselves and what they are doing.
During the Olympic or Paralympic Games, if you look on social media after someone hasn’t performed to the expected level, you will see some pretty negative comments. However, unless the commenter has been in the exact same position as the athletes, the comments are worthless. This is the same for all walks of life, if you think about it.
How to develop an Athlete Mentality
Have a clear goal:
- Know exactly what you want to achieve
- Know exactly why you want to achieve it. Keep asking yourself “why?” until you pin point the exact reason.
Have the willingness to learn:
- Believe that you are on the road to becoming an expert in what it is you’re doing.
- Whatever you do, it is possible for you to be an expect as no-one will ever have the exact same experiences as you. Ever.
- Belief in your ability.
- Belief that you are doing all you can.
- Most importantly, the belief that you’re worth it.
- Dedication that you will do as much as you possibly can to achieve your goal.
- Have dedication, no matter what others say.
- Dedication to find a way that works for you
- Dedication to do something every single day.
- Things do not always go to plan.
- Build the resilience to accept failures and mistakes as standard.
- Build the resilience to use mistakes and downfalls as lessons, and you’re on the way to success!
I realise that I’ve made this sound stupidly easy. It is not always easy to be as fierce as an athlete - I lose the “athlete mentality” from time to time. But it is possible and it is worth it.
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