I’ve mentioned the Olympics in my last three posts, but I thought I’d continue riding along on your current train of thought and write one more post to share some things I’ve learned while watching the Olympics.

4 Ways The Olympics Can Teach You To Break Personal “Records” In Your Life And Business

I’ve been thinking about the parallels of succeeding in the Olympics and in life or business. I believe we can learn some important lessons from these Olympians about how to reach new heights in our life or business.

Here are four ways the Olympics can teach you to break personal records:

1. Set big goals.

You can’t help but realize this idea while watching the Olympics: Records aren’t broken by people with average goals. These Olympians achieve such amazing feats because they set amazing goals.

It reminds me of something David J. Schwartz said in his classic book “The Magic Of Thinking Big” (Amazon affiliate link). He said, “…success is determined not so much by the size of one’s brain as it is by the size of one’s thinking.”

We have to set bigger goals in our lives if we want to break “records” in our personal lives and businesses.

Even if we don’t break a record, we’ll achieve more than we would have with just average goals.

As W. Clement Stone said, “Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Remember: The Olympians who don’t even “medal” still achieve more than the average person who participates in their sport.

2. Practice makes perfect.

I keep thinking about how many hours of practice went into that short slice of time we’re all watching.

Yogi Berra said, “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

It is only as we practice what we know that we see new and better results.

We need to ask ourselves this question: How can I practice for this area of my life or business where I want to see better results?

3. Competition is good.

Another thing that has hit me is the fact that these Olympians need the competition to push them to break records. If the Ryan Lochte didn’t have Michael Phelps and the others swimming along side him in the pool he wouldn’t try as hard.

We don’t usually think of it this way, but having competitors is to our benefit.

But it all depends how you view your competition.

If you view your competition as an intimidation and a reason to complain and give up, then you’ll defeat yourself before they ever need to.

If you view your competition as an inspiration and a reason to strive harder, then you’ll have a chance to not only “win,” but also to break personal records.

Walt Disney once said, “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

You and I might think things would be better without competition, but we’d be wrong.

4. Coaches are valuable.

Have you ever heard of an Olympian who made it to the Olympics without having a coach? Ever wonder why?

It’s because we all need someone to help us set goals, discover our weaknesses, and improve our strengths. It’s not possible to do this on our own.

Vince Lombardi said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

Only a coach can help our practice to become perfected. It was awesome to see the U.S. gymnastics team win the gold and to see how excited that they and their coaches were.

When you think of all of the work that the coaches and gymnasts put into getting to that moment, you realize how magical it must have been for them all.

At one point in their lives those girls were just young kids with potential. It wasn’t until they met and began training with their coaches that this moment ever became a possibility.

And it became a reality.

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