It’s a bittersweet moment every 4 years when the Olympics comes to an end. It’s bitter because I, like most of you, LOVE the Olympics. I love seeing World Records being broken. I love seeing athletes play with unbelievable passion. I love rooting for my country and watching other countries root for theirs. I totally, 100% obsessed with the Olympics for the 2 weeks it is on. I hate when it ends.
However, I’m kind of relieved when it ends too because I experience something I dubbed as “Olympic Fatigue”. It’s when you stay up late every night, watching the Olympics, and get very little sleep before going to work. My body is happy it’s getting sleep this week.
I always learn something watching the Olympics. If you pay attention you will learn so much about life, hope, motivation, willpower, strength both mentally and physically, passion, purpose, discipline, perseverance, and more. Olympic athletes possess all those traits but so do warriors. I have some many lessons I learned from the 2016 Rio Olympics but I’m going to narrow it down to the top 3 and how it will help you become a stronger warrior.
Don’t underestimate the power of “You can do it.”
My favorite moment in the Olympics was when Laurie Hernandez mouthed “You can do it” before she pushed herself up on the balance beam. I honestly watched that moment over and over again.
Laurie is an accomplished athlete who has been competing probably since the age of 5. She has confidence in her abilities but she still reminds herself that she can do it. I cannot tell you how many times I have uttered those words to myself before getting in front of 50 people to teach a class or getting on stage at Carnegie Hall to sing.
That simple phrase can give you so much power when you are feeling weak or scared. Say it to yourself right now and I bet you will feel a little more confident.
Make sure to thank the people that supported you and sacrificed their time and possibly money for you
Ever noticed that right after an athlete just won a medal or beat a world record in their post interview would thank their mom, their coach, their friends and whoever else helped them get to there? It’s because they understand that their talent alone didn’t get them to the Olympics….no they had a lot of help.
They had parents that sacrificed buying fancy homes to pay for top coaches. They had moms that drove them to and from practice every day. They had friends that went to every one of their competitions because it was important to them.
You are not a warrior that stands alone. You have people beside you, behind you, and in front of you that support you and are willing to sacrifice their time and energy and to help you. Honor them and do me a favor and go out of your way to thank them this week.
The moment is fleeting…don’t forget that
These athletes have worked hard for years to compete in games that only last 2 weeks. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and think about what needs to be done next or how you could do better. But while you are doing that life is happening and you aren’t living it.
If you have something you have been training for, like a marathon, Spartan race, triathlon, it’s easy to be so focused on finishing the race that on the day of the race you forget to take in the sights, sounds, and the experience.
Remind yourself to close your eyes, breathe a few times in and out, and then open your eyes and smile. If you are one of those people that has a hard time remembering to do that then tell that person you thanked to remind you.
The Olympics comes around once every four years. I wish it was more but I’m glad it doesn’t. I think if it was more than that then we would forget to cherish it. Tell yourself “you can do it”, thank the person that got you to where you are, and don’t forget to close your eyes, breathe, and take in the moment.
What were your favorite moments from the Olympic’s? Let me know in the comments below.