With one month to go to the appearance of the world’s best athletes competing to reach their dreams of winning a 2014 Winter Olympic medal, there is no time like the present to set our sights on our own dreams and goals.
Do you have something you want to accomplish but you aren’t quite sure how to get to the finish line? Have you put off your objectives because you’re not sure you have what it takes? Do you feel you are stuck and can’t get past a certain plateau? No matter if the achievement is career-oriented, academic, athletic, health-related or personal, we all need the proper tools to reach the achievement.
I was five-years-old when I told my parents that I wanted to win the Olympics someday. Through twenty-two years of hard work, dedication and great resilience, I learned how to accomplish my seemingly improbable dream. I learned that these skills and tools I developed in order to win Olympic gold could be translated to any goal I wanted to achieve.
If you have your sights set on big improvements, a valuable change or a meaningful goal, take a page from Olympic medalists’ success and try these eight proven steps to demonstrate a true pledge to making it happen:
1. Set a goal: It’s essential to understand the importance of developing long term goals and using these objectives to keep you on track. Make sure the goal is meaningful and truly worth pursuing in the good AND bad times. This activity is, in fact, one that we use as Olympians on the path to stand atop the illustrious medal podium.
2. Believe that you can make a change: It’s great to know that other people support and believe in you, but if you don’t believe it yourself, it will never happen.
3. Understand that nothing happens overnight: Neither your family, your career, nor your personality developed overnight. So why should a change in your lifestyle change overnight? Be patient and try to look to the long term.
4. Make sure that you are committed to the outcome: Don’t be afraid to share your goal and put it in writing.