The Olympic’s have been on for a few weeks now and nearly everyone has watched at least one competition or another. From Michael Phelps making history to Gabby Douglas shocking the World (and making history) all the way to Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs.
If you’ve ever competed in sports you would know a little bit about the sacrifices all of the Olympic Athletes make in order to achieve ONE GOAL… What makes some of these individual stories more special than others is the plan some of them use prior to achieving greatness. One story sticks out more than the rest, but I will say the story of Usain Bolt is very similar in many ways.
I’m referring to the story of Freestyle Wrestler: Jordan Burroughs. Here’s a guy that’s just a few years out of college that managed to string together 39 straight individual “INTERNATIONAL” victories against the World’s Best. Including the 2011 World Championship’s where he won our only US Gold Medal. Since then, his message WENT PUBLIC. He stepped out of the box and let the WORLD KNOW that “ALL HE SEE’s IS GOLD.”
Cocky or Confident… I say CONFIDENT !!!!!
He created a Twitter Handle “@alliseeisgold” and has over 45,000 followers, all of which knew he was on a mission.
At one time, (when he was around 5 yrs old) he dreamed of becoming an Olympic Champion. He was quoted saying “I watched Michael Johnson run with the US Flag with Gold Shoes on….” and from that point on, his dream became a GOAL… It actually had a deadline. The plan was soon put in motion. After winning a High School State Title, then 2 National (NCAA) Titles from the University of Nebraska, then a World Championship Title in 2011…. He continued winning and soon earned a spot on TEAM USA by winning our Olympic Trials.
On Thursday, the night before he was scheduled to compete in LONDON, Burroughs promised to tweet a picture of himself holding the Olympic Gold Medal.
The guy can’t lose now right? His “Dream” has to come true.. He’s our #1 RANKED GUY, the Current WORLD CHAMPION in his weight class.. he can’t lose at the Olympic’s !!!!
Well, if you’ve been watching, history has already been made!
Jordan Burroughs is a 2012 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST.. heck, some are even saying this could be the most impressive string of victories ever witnessed by an Olympic Wrestler.
For those that know a little bit about the sport…… Who can argue that?
What can you learn by all this???
It’s actually pretty simple. We all know some of the small details of creating goals.
All the guru’s start with PLANNING, WRITING EVERYTHING DOWN and making sure your goal has a deadline…
ALL OF WHICH ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
One thing you can add to the list is LETTING OTHERS KNOW what you’re doing.
For some, this means, telling a friend, family member or even a co-worker.
In Jordan’s case, he TOLD EVERYONE he knew. Even people he didn’t know….
WHICH MADE HIM 100% ACCOUNTABLE! TOO MUCH PRESSURE, NOT FOR HIM. HE USED THE PRESSURE AS FUEL TO TRY HARDER, PRACTICE SMARTER, EAT HEALTHIER AND DO ALL THE THINGS THAT MATTERED.
You can do the same. You don’t have to post up your goals on Twitter or Facebook, but telling others is a great way to keep yourself honest with what you’re planning on doing. Whether it may be a strength training goal, a sport related goal, weight loss goal or even a goal to get a raise at work.
Be Positive and Realistic. Give yourself a challenge you can win everyday and DON’T QUIT..
You can look at our Olympic Athletes as Role Models as well as GREAT TEACHERS.
Take for example Michael Phelps. On his plate at the Olympics, he had a crazy schedule from Day 1. After he completed the first few races, he decided to “SCRATCH” three or four different races in order to give himself a better chance at MAKING HISTORY.
Instead of swimming in a dozen or so races, he picked what he thought was the most important to not only himself but also for his TEAMMATES. In the end, His strategy worked.
You may need to make some changes with your planning as well. Eat more here, eat less there, extra run, more sleep, whatever the case. Give yourself challenges YOU’RE GOING TO WIN EVERYDAY. The position of an ADVANTAGE. That’s what will keep you on track.
Be Strong enough to take on challenges you never faced before. You never know, they may not be as strong as you thought they once were.
At the end of the day, MOST PEOPLE QUIT ON THEIR GOAL(s) BY LOOKING AT HOW MUCH FURTHER THEY HAVE TO GO, INSTEAD OF HOW FAR THEY GOTTEN…
Stay patient… You’ll soon be ready to break out of your comfort zone and shock the world too.
You can do it!!!!!!
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