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Olympics an Education in How to Go for the Gold

Aug 29, 2008
When Michael Phelps started shattering the Gold Medal record for the 2008 Olympics he gave everyone an education in persistence. Surely Michael practiced by swimming hundreds of laps to gain the endurance and expertise required to succeed. Something had to come from within to inspire him to diligently swim at a high level every time he jumped into a pool. Winning can breed winning when there is an expectation of success. It is clear that Michael Phelps expects to dominate the field of swimmers each time he dives into a pool. He is not looking to the left or right to see his competitors he is always looking straight ahead. Michael's goal is right in front of him and he is steadfast in his desire to collect every Gold Medal that he can.

Olympians learn how to pay attention to details that are important aspects of winning. They never take a day off from practice. They understand that there are hundreds of other athletes who are practicing eight to twelve hours a day to try to get an edge during their next competition. A slight movement in a body position while in the water can determine how fast a swimmer can increase their speed.

There is a great lesson to learn from Olympians. It is important for personal growth. Olympians that win Gold Medals learn how to master their fears. They understand that fear is "false evidence that appears real." They spend a lot of time contemplating in their mind first how they will overcome their fears. Giving in to fear can take away from a person's physical and mental health. Olympic athletes frequently go to the doctors to report pains that they cannot explain. Ongoing fear can result in stress that strips ones confidence in any of life's endeavors.

A great strategy that the athletes use is to take the limits off their thought life. They know that past failures can serve as a marker to identify a new method to accomplish their goal. Olympians accept challenges as a fact of life. It's amazing how they wait for four years to perform in one or more events. It takes real determination and continuous competition around the globe to measure an Olympian's abilities. Olympians must have nerves of steel to overcome any anxiety they experience when they are ready to start any event. Olympic athletes participate in a competition in a world where a tenth of a second makes a difference between a Gold or Silver Medal.

Individuals who participate in the Olympics teach students of all ages the value of persistence. Many of the fears that the students have are based on past challenges in the classroom of life. Always be ready to pick yourself up and to prepare for the next challenge. Michael Phelps is an example of how to approach each learning experience with enthusiasm and excitement about your potential accomplishments. Each day is an opportunity to move one step closer to your goal. Just like the top athlete you can go for the Gold if you practice and persist.
About the Author
For twenty-six years, Dr. Jones has delivered presentations on numerous topics including how to study, leadership, effective communication, and innovative management practices. He is the author of two books one is titled "Seven Secrets of How to Study" and the second is the "Parent's Ultimate Education Guide." The book provides an easy understanding of the seven pillars that are essential to learning effective study techniques. His URL is http://www.sevenbooks.net.
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