Things I’ve Learned From Olympic Athletes

I’ve been unusually inspired by the Olympics this year — as in, I want to be strong & badass like the modern day X-men we’re all watching on T.V. right now.  So, in an honest attempt to better my body, my mind, & my life, here is some real wisdom that I’ve gleaned from the seemingly-supernatural Olympians:

Food is fuel.  Eat raw foods as much as possible, such as carrots, spinach, apples.  Avoid processed foods and sugars.

Always workout.  Even if you don’t feel like it.  Create a routine and stick to it — that’s the only way to be in good shape.

Prevent injuries.  Workout to strengthen the weak things, not the strong things.  Ice afterwards.  Use a foam roller to smooth knots and relax muscles.  Take vitamin supplements and listen to your body.

Be strong mentally.  Think positive thoughts ONLY.  Never let a negative train of thought enter your brain, because it’s all downhill from there.  Visualize your goal and process.  Be in “your own zone” right  before the event.  Never watch (compare yourself to) other people.  Do not focus on the score.

Focus intensely on what you want.  Achieving excellence in something means that you’ll definitely miss out on different aspects of life.  Be committed to your goal, actively pursue the result, accept the loss of certain things, and never, ever, lose faith.  Sacrifice is just part of victory.  Decide right away how far you are willing to go in order to achieve your dream, and hold to it.

Expect some failure.  No one is perfect.  No one wins every single time.  No one practices without some amount of error.  Failure happens to the best of us.  No matter how faithfully you workout, no matter how well you performed in the past, no matter how positively you think, no matter how freakin’ amazing you are, bad things will happen! A bone will break.  A judge will be unfair.  An event will go poorly.  A competitor will beat you.  You must accept this.  You cannot pity yourself, spiral into depression, or admit defeat.  This is an opportunity to learn something.  To grow.  If you immediately cave in to the pressures of failure, you may never recover.  Instead, use the experience as an angry catalyst for your new regime.  Use it to light a fire to your improved performance — and don’t look back.  Don’t dwell on the negative event; look to the future with renewed motivation and purpose.  Be provoked.  Be determined.  Be inspired.  Be pissed.  Just don’t get weepy.­­­

Hope you are sufficiently inspired; I know I am!

L.  ­­­  


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