As much of the world is gripped in Olympics fever, let’s take a moment to think about what it takes to attain such results. It starts by setting goals.
Do you have a 10-year goal? A life goal? Do you have goals set for your personal life in addition to your professional? Too often we focus on daily, weekly and annual goals, but it’s important to look further on the horizon.
Ten years are a long time. In our fast paced, technology-driven life, your world may be almost unrecognizable in a decade. Rather than waiting on the world to come to us, we need to plan for this uncertain future. One thing about a ten-year time frame is the ability to master an area of our lives. We can master the craft. The same goes for our careers, our family life, or building a business.
Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers shares that mastering a talent takes, on average, 10,000 hours. Assuming a 40-hour work week, it’ll take about 4.8 years of dedicated practice. Ten years then, it would seem, would give us plenty of time to become proficient in at least one (if not 2!) profession, hobby or other worthwhile venture.
Below are 10 inspiring quotes from Olympians to get you motivated.
“So many times in life, we’re faced with a choice: When a task becomes super difficult, will we flip out and quit, or will we stay focused and keep fighting?”
– Gabby Douglas
“Are the odds you face (in life) defeating or motivating you?”
“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.”
“As long as you’ve done your best, making mistakes doesn’t matter. You and I are human; we will mess up. What counts is learning from your mistakes and getting back up when life has knocked you down.”
“It’s important to push yourself further than you think you can go each and every day — as that is what separates the good from the great.”
“If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve success.”
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
— Michael Phelps
“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.”
— Mark Spitz
“Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.”
– Mary Lou Retton
“There’s never a point where you can stop getting better.”
– Kevin Durant
“Success depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice; how much you are willing to alter your everyday life for a particular goal.”
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