Something that is very clear is that people who compete in the Olympics require tremendous self motivation, and the overwhelming desire to better themselves. We all could use some of their tricks to get better at our own lives, for what that's worth.
The article had one paragraph that spoke to me more than the rest. It read:
"We can't all be Olympic athletes. (In fact some of us, including your humble narrator, should not be allowed anywhere near ice or blades.) But we all face times when we really don’t want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog.
According to the article, the 7 key points were:
1) Talk yourself through stress
2) Love the grind
3) Be optimistic
4) Anticipate things before they occur
5) Stick with a coach or mentor who's more like South than North Korea
6) Try "mindfuless"
7) Think about your next big event
We've all heard it takes 10,000 hours to specialize in something... to be extraordinary... to be at a level above the average competitor. If you practice anything for 4 hours a day (which is probably twice as much as anyone who would consider something important, or more than a hobby), it will take you almost 7 years to specialize in that particular skill. This, of course, is why people quit or never get better than most. People are impatient and/or aren't motivated by true passion, but by something that doesn't actually answer "what's in it for them."
What motivates you? If you're in a bad place right now, find your passion and go for it. What do you have to lose? The answer is nothing. You're already at the bottom, and things look pretty good when you're inching back up. Trust that and go.
Read the rest of the article here. Good stuff, jabroni.