All eyes are on Sochi as the finest from athletic venues worldwide meet on the Olympic stage to compete for heart and country. These individuals and teams are fueling the dreams of future generations of athletes, who someday will be in pursuit of Olympic gold. What we all may not fully comprehend during the four years that pass between every Winter and Summer games, is that those who represent the world’s best have spent the better part of their lifetime preparing for one glorious moment. Though the majority of us will never capture the essence of such a journey, there are lessons from Olympians that are applicable to our own pursuits. This Sochi series will address those lessons.
Lesson #1 – It’s What You Do Every Day That Matters
The signs on the door posts at the Olympic Training Center proclaim their motto, “Not Every Four Years — Every Day.” It’s an ever-present reminder of the discipline that is required on a daily basis in order to have the opportunity to achieve excellence on the world’s biggest stage. How are you preparing for game-day on a daily basis?
I work with a lot of junior golfers. There are plenty who have dreams of one day playing on the Tour. But those who don’t exhibit the energy, the drive, the will to push today and every day to reach beyond their last best performance have very little chance of making it to the top. They don’t understand that “professional-level” commitment and hunger to do whatever it takes to be the best is not a gear that an athlete waits to kick into until after college when they are trying to make the Tour. Dream big dreams, but know that you’ve got to be prepared to walk in the shoes of an Olympian every day to reach them.
No matter what your current level of play, or whether your big dreams are to win your club championship, or a green jacket, to fully realize your potential you need to make the most of your journey EVERY day. Your focus, discipline, intensity and expectations should not differ from the range to a friendly round or tournament round. How you consistently perform every day will be the level you can count on when the pressure's on. Click To Tweet Before you head the course, ask yourself if your preparation yesterday was appropriate to support your goals to play great today. To be the best in the world, the best on your team, or the best at your club, take a lesson from any Olympic athlete and set your mind to doing whatever it takes to prepare for high-level performance every day. For more information on how you can significantly improve your scoring average with the addition of mental game training, please call us at 239-431-6810. Let us show you how to PLAY GREAT!
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