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Olympics: gold or sweat
July 5, 2019
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All Olympians have the outsized athletic talent and event-specific skills. What separates the medalists from the nonmedalists, however, may often come down to psychology, researchers have found.

In fact, some of the personality traits and habits associated with greater success at the Olympic Games may be applicable to nonathletes with more common goals, such as career achievements and health gains, hard work, sweat lovers, homework, terrific commitment to practices, Considered one of the world’s most eminent Trainer Dr. Thaker reveal out.

I believe, self-motivated and an inspiring person can create wonders. A winner does not need external motivation if he is inner driven and motivated.
Here are secrets of success gleaned from Olympic medalists

Optimism

I love to champion the benefits of optimism. And it is true that having a more optimistic personality is associated with success both at the Olympics and in everyday life, Gould said.

But the power of optimism does not lie in seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. In fact, an optimist’s initial assessment of a situation tends to be as realistic as a pessimist’s, according to research by Michael Scheier and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

Optimism’s value likely lies in the motivation it creates to improve one’s life, scientists think. Optimistic people, for example, are more likely to actively search for solutions to problems than pessimistic people, who may think such efforts are futile

Self-awareness

In order for optimism to be truly beneficial — whether for highly competitive sporting events, career ambitions or lifestyle changes — it must be balanced with self-awareness, Gould told LiveScience.

“You need a little self-doubt to keep you honest,” he said.

Accurate self-awareness helps people work on faults, know in advance their greatest opportunities for both failure and success, and avoid common pitfalls, such as overtraining, losing concentration or burning out.

It also helps keep the ego in check, with the knowledge that none of us are too big to fail.

Plans to deal with distractions

“Successful performances seldom happen by chance and can easily be disrupted by distractions,” Gould said, pinpointing distractions as the biggest challenge facing Olympians.

From media and agent requests to family pressures and the enormous amount of promotional products they are given, Olympic athletes have a lot thrown at them right when they are supposed to concentrate most.

“It is like we take an 8- to 12-year-old to Disney World … and then say, ‘Okay, now do your homework,'” psychologist Gould said.

Deciding, beforehand, on plans to deal with distractions, mishaps, and setbacks — and then adhering to those plans — has been correlated with greater success at the games. Similar tactics would likely help anyone trying to meet a significant goal.

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Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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