If you have been watching the 2016 Olympic Games you know how incredible the athletes are! They have put everything on the line to compete for a gold medal and be recognised as the best of the best in their chosen field. One thing is for sure, no matter where you look, you will be inspired by these amazing individuals. Here are just 4 lessons you can take from this year’s Olympic athletes.
1. The race isn’t over just because you had a fall!
Mo Farah took a fall on the 10th lap of his 10,000m Olympic race. He was racing for his second gold medal at the Olympics after winning the event in London 4 years ago. It looked like his race could not result in a win but Mo recovered quickly. He got up, continued running and finished in first place!
Have you experienced an injury or illness? Or maybe you have struggled with balancing school, work or other commitments while working on your physie goals. Don’t be discouraged if you have had a fall. Pick yourself back up and keep moving forward!
2. You are your own competition.
Kyle Chalmers didn’t know the names of all the men he was competing against when he won gold in the 100m freestyle this week. Kyle’s focus had been on training and preparing for his own race. In doing so, he kept the pressure down in the lead up to his first Olympic Games.
While it can be inspiring to observe your greatest competition in the lead up to nationals, be careful that this doesn’t cause you to feel intimidated or defeated. Just because you see the strength of another doesn’t diminish your own strength. Focus on performing your best and be proud of what you have accomplished without comparing yourself to anyone else!
3. Where you come from is no indication of where you are heading.
Taliqua Clancy grew up over 200km away from the Coast in the rural Queensland town of Kingaroy. Taliqua found her love of beach volleyball at the age of 15 and is now the first indigenous beach volleyball player to represent Australia at the Olympics.
Are you new to physie? Perhaps you don’t have a dance background? Maybe you are starting physie a bit later than some of the other girls in your class or you attend a small regional club? Wherever or whenever your physie journey starts, don’t let that stop you from striving to learn all you can about this sport. You may be surprised where it may take you with a little determination and practice!
4. If you are nothing without the medal, you will be nothing with the medal.
“I have always said that I didn’t need a gold medal to have self-worth. That’s being put to the test at the moment.” Cate Campbell shared her thoughts after racing both the 100m and 50m freestyle without securing a place on the podium.
When you invest your time and energy into achieving your goals and the result is not what you had dreamed you will feel disappointment. But be careful not to equate disappointment with failure. Your worth is not in a prize. Only one person takes home the win in the competition. Besides, the winner would not have achieved much at all if the competition she faced wasn’t amazing! Be proud of the competitor you are. Allow competitions to bring out the best in you and be sure you recognise the success you have achieved apart from your ranking!