Many of us are watching the summer Olympics enthralled and captivated by the hard work and talent Olympic athletes have. I can’t help but be inspired but also curious as to the difference between an Olympic Athlete and anyone else. Okay, so for myself I know I don’t have the same athletic abilities but beyond that, what’s the difference?
At what age did we begin to concede our life and stop going for our own gold? What experiences crushed our spirits? What criticisms or opinions shut down our light and derailed us from our dreams?
Instead of just watching the Olympics tonight, use it as an opportunity to think about the goals and dreams you have. Ask yourself, what legacy do I want to leave? There’s an Olympian in all of us and it’s time we all set out to go for our own gold.
Here are my tips to go for your own gold:
Set Goals. An athlete trains with a goal in mind, perhaps it’s speed, or perhaps it’s overall effort and performance. What goals do you have for yourself? Set goals that excite you to jump out of bed in the morning.
Let go of criticisms. Everyone has an opinion whether asked for or not. To truly accomplish what you want in life you have to let go of the opinions that others have for what you should and should not do. It’s your life, it’s your dash, start living life by your terms.
Believe in yourself. Sure we all have things that we know we’re good at but at the end of the day, how much do you wholeheartedly believe in yourself. How much do you believe that when the going gets tough you can pick yourself up and push on? Your personal confidence is the key to being able to actualize your dreams. Stop waiting for the validation from others, it may never come.
Commit to Your Dreams. Your dreams and your legacy matters, life is short. What do you want to accomplish by the next summer Olympics? Time is passing and it's up to you and only you to make progress toward what's important to you.
Jenn DeWall, Denver based career & life coach for Millennial Women, Motivational Speaker