“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.” – Michael Phelps: “The Greatest Olympian of All Time”
Michael Phelps is the guy.
In the event you saw this, you would have realised that his goggles full of water from the dive. You know how tricky that makes it not knowing exactly where you are going, if you swim.
Especially while competing in the Olympics against the best swimmers of the world.
But guess what? Phelps still broke the world record and won a gold medal.
Actually, Phelps is now enroute.
Phelps has won five gold medals this week, all in world-record time, with the 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly and 4x100m medley to come.
And figure what Spitz has to say about Phelps?
“You haven’t seen nothing yet.” He could break his arm before Beijing, but as long as they’ve some duct tape, they can just tape him back up and he’ll swim — and win.” – Mark Spitz, 1972 Olympic World Record 7-Time Gold Medalist
Phelps, by the way, has hit a total of 10 gold medals, but before statisticians could upgrade their records.
So what is his secret?
I did a little research for the last week, and I can break it down into 5 simple things.
They aren’t really particularly ‘secretive’, and are things you have heard of.
Actually you’re most likely aware of this. But do you do it?
I commend you, because I myself know it is not as simple as it looks if you do.
Speaking of how things are not simple, we begin with STRUGGLE:
I have to recuperate as much as I can and it’s crucial for the approaching occasions,” – Michael Phelps
Phelps is not any different from you nor I.
Michael acknowledges fighting to wake up early in the early hours, and likes to take naps in the midst of the afternoon.
The Olympian is willing to do some insane work that involves continuous struggle.
Can you swim for 30 minutes a day?
Afterward, after 10 hours of swimming, take a day-to-day ice bath to assist your own body regain from the grueling program.
Then, imagine having to whoof down gargantuan amounts of pasta and pizza between races.
Phelps struggles so much he desires 2 massages a day to get by.
How does the man do this?
I personally consider that if you can define your end targets and plan of action, alot occurs.
This is an area we all struggle in. It’s hard to get mental clarity in a world filled with so much noise.
But until you gain eyesight and that clarity and can really sit down, you’ll only be going in circles.
Olympic only understand this myself.
So how do you overcome this?
As Frederick Douglas one said, “If there’s no battle, there isn’t any improvement.”
Observe the battle. Accept it if you want to move onwards and upwards.
For better or worse, your future is discovered in large part by what you dream of, along with the measures you take and struggle you go through to make them come true.
2. “The Will To Win”
“I hate to lose. When you lose a race like that, it inspires me even more to try to swim faster.” – Michael Phelps
Losing and winning are subjects that are interesting.
Phelps is really referring to the will to win, should you read closely between the lines.
“Four years back I needed to race and I hated to lose, getting third in the 200m freestyle and when I do lose in races like that it motivates me to swim faster,” -Michael Phelps
The will to win = the fire, the want.
It is the effort to win.
You are WILLING to take risks, make mistakes, and merely take action to get somewhere, when you would like to win.
Losing is a good thing. This is really something I need to remind myself, and partially in composing this post I do thus to remind myself because we can not consistently win.
Start making mistakes. Begin taking dangers. Otherwise you will not discover your desire to advance nor get anywhere.
Everyone knows that groundwork is a virtue. But how many of us actually follow this?
It comes down to determining what is important to you and in comprehending that while ‘training may not make perfect, it’ll make better.’
Work backwards from the end target, and decide what measures should be taken and make a plan to follow through with it.
Regardless of how good, you need to push it out of your head,” – Michael Phelps
All my successful friends and mentors have one trait in common: they stick to one thing, and push through to the end until it is whole and done with.
This really is a problem I deal with alot myself because I have to stay focused, and produce a brand new notion every 10 minutes see opportunities everywhere.
I have fought with this for years, and expect to keep fighting with it for many more.
But focus has ever been responsible for most results myself’ve attained. From to developing profitable companies finishing med school.
So this is a reminder to concentrate on one thing at a time. Give 100% on what you’re focused on.
“If I did not swim my finest, I had think about it at school, at dinner, with my buddies. It would drive myself mad.” – Michael Phelps
Myself have left this one for the very ending, because it’s most likely the number 1 key to succeeding in anything.
Obsession, determination, and want are an important part to creating results.
If you must have it and want something badly enough, you’ll consistently find a way.
You’ll do anything it requires.
Persevere with no exception.
They all have some ability and affinity to what they do. And they never make it look challenging. However do you believe they struggle? Of course they do.
Frederich Nietzsche once said, “”The strongest have their moments of exhaustion”.
Just as a magician could make a magic trick appear easy and natural, the reality is the fact that they needed to fight alot to get it appearing that way.
“I’m the same type of guy before all this happened.” – Michael Phelps
Tiger Woods likes to create his swings appear effortless. Michael Phelps laps through seeming so trendy.
Ever seen lock/pop dance videos on youtube? Should you look closer, behind what seems to be smooth moves is someone contracting and relaxing every muscle fiber that is miniature.
They can be probably soaking wet under that calm outside, if they’re wearing a hood.
Persist with no exclusion.
“You can not set a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps
It’s easy for us to look at successful folks since they make it appear so straightforward and at what they do, we believe that they’ve magical ability or some inherent gift. That’s either because you do not think you can succeed, or because you don’t desire to think of success as work.
And I want to alter the world of swimming.” – Michael Phelps
Just as Michael Phelps needs to alter the course of swimming history, I want to modify the course of the entire world in some other manner.
What that’s to be, time will tell…
Wear good swimwear!