The physical preparation Olympic athletes go through is no walk in the park. But a lot can also be said about their attitude and mental game as well. And that is something every entrepreneur can learn from and adapt.
Whether you look at Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Kerri Jennings-Walsh, Katie Ledecky or any other such Olympian, you’ll quickly see there’s a common thread among these world-class performers.
They think and act differently than almost everybody else. You don’t get to be the “TOP DAWG” in your sport (or any other endeavor) by accident. You don’t walk away from the Olympics with a bunch of gold medals around your neck, like Katie Ledecky by thinking and doing what the masses do.
Here’s a little glimpse into how Katie Ledecky thinks and acts differently than everyone else…
1. Superhuman Work Ethic And Rigorous Schedule
Here’s what a “normal” day for Katie looks like:
2. No Back-Up Plans
Logically, having a back-up plan can give you the piece of mind.
But like the story of an ancient army that sailed to the enemy’s land and were ordered to burn their ships, so that victory is their ONLY option. Retreat is easy, when you have the option. But when there’s no safety net, no plan B, you give it ALL. Total 100% commitment, and it’ll force you to work harder and do more than you think is possible.
I think it’s our survival instinct that kicks in and puts that wind beneath our sails, when you have no other choice to but to go forward. That’s how Katie Ledecky approaches swimming.
3. Avoiding The Crowds
Successful people do what other’s won’t so they can have the results that other’s can’t. In Katie’s case, she trains at near race pace. Her target stroke rate is 1.36 seconds, which is much higher than other swimmers.
As a result she’s got a massive head start on other swimmers, which is evident a few seconds into each of her races.
4. Starts With The End Mind
Katie Ledecky doesn’t just want to win, she goes after world records. She wants to be the BEST. Period.
Ultra successful people set BIG goals, that pull them forward, giving them the extra strength and motivation they need to see it all the way to the end.
As I heard one very successful entrepreneur say… “Shoot for the stars and settle for the moon.” Because if you don’t shoot for the stars, you’ll never reach as high as you could.
5. No Stopping
No matter what lofty goal is achieved, for people like Katie Ledecky there’s always a “next.” Setting and hitting goals are stepping stones for bigger accomplishments.
Successful people never truly “arrive”, because to them success is a journey, not a destination.
Which happens to be my favorite definition of success…
“Success is the continuous journey towards the achievement of predetermined worthwhile goals.”
Imagine adopting this kind of mindset into your business. Think it would have a big impact on your sales and your bottom line?