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The Real Olympic Takeaway

February 25, 2018 0 Comments

The 2018 Winter Olympics have come to a close and if you’re like me, it was time for them to be done. I’m a much bigger fan of the Summer Games but I would be remiss to say they didn’t have my attention. I spent many a nights up late watching them (couldn’t make it for the women’s hockey gold match though), cheering on the USA even in games where I didn’t know what was going on. Some of the events left a little to be desired but in all it was enjoyable to watch. The thing that really struck a cord with me every night is the relentless pursuit of the athletes to be the best at their craft. For some, the Olympic medal pursuit is a full time job, but for others it’s a part time thing among day jobs and other commitments. Can you imagine the focus, dedication, and commitment to a skill that many don’t even see or know about until the Olympics come around every four years? That is where they have my utmost respect.

The Will To Do It

Not everyone has the ability or desire to be an Olympic athlete. Most if not all of the athletes discover their talent or want at a very young age. They spend many years fine tuning their skills in the hopes that someday they will be chosen for the national team. Some make it; many more do not. The Olympic team represents the best of the best to go up against the world’s best of the best – in any discipline. But my take away isn’t about who makes it or who wins. It’s about a trait many think they have or possess but never really come close to having. And that is will.

So What About You?

The definition of will has several meanings but here it goes without saying; it’s determination. The Olympic athletes have a will, a determination to be the absolute best; a gold medalist. Even the silver and bronze carries a lot of significance – to be the number two and three respectively in the world is nothing to scoff at. So what does this have to do with you? What about your goals? Do they carry the same weight as being a gold medalist? Probably not, but they should. What about your will, the determination to achieve that goal? Is it something you’re truly committed to or just a few select times? You would never succeed as any athlete, let alone an Olympic one. And why do we accept our lack of progress or achievement as just something that happens, year in and year out? Because we lack a true vision. Losing a couple of pounds is insignificant in the big picture. What changes? What does that number mean? Imagine racing down the slope and the difference between you medaling or not is hundredths of a second. Those numbers really mean something. Whether you lose 5, 10, 15, or even 20 pounds matters little if the road to get there was traveled and executed through wishing, not pure will. Let’s say your goal has nothing to do with weight loss. Perhaps it’s just to exercise more. What’s realistic? What can you do rather than focusing on what you’re not doing?

The point here is this: we all live our lives the way we want. No one can make the choices for us and tell us how to live. What you do is indeed your choice and no one or nothing can be blamed for it. When you have the will and determination, absolutely nothing can stand in your way. No excuses, no short comings, no under achievement; only success.

Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better.

About the Author:

Jeff Harrison is a fitness coach based in Pottstown, PA. He received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (ACE-AHFS). Jeff's articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as consumer oriented websites and magazines.

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