The rigors of being a hopeful Olympic athlete training to make the Olympic team encompasses much more than the obvious, like possessing the physical ability. It goes beyond physical strength. It goes beyond diet. It goes all the way to sacrifice and mental toughness. The mental aspects to Olympic athlete training are every bit as tough as the physical ones.
The following are The Mental Aspects To Olympic Athlete Training
1. Getting mentally ready.
People discover that changing their habits is difficult. Thus, the mental aspect of being ready to stick with an intense training program is the first thing to overcome. Getting into excellent shape, eating well-balanced meals and taking excellent care of your body is a daily practice of knowing you can do it. It all starts with believing you can.
Often we don’t feel like doing a workout. When that happens, we have to push ourselves to get into it. When exercise feels like a drain, it’s OK to listen to your body, but you will have to dig deep to understand what the body is going through and move beyond that.
2. Always make the mental decision to act
The only way to get something done in the universe is to act. The action is what makes things happen. You can tell your friends that you are going to get in good enough shape to make the Olympics. However, unless you work out, it won’t happen. You have to take the time to learn to do what is needed and then apply those lessons – otherwise, it won’t happen. Thinking of taking action is a good idea, but it takes the first step after the idea to create the action. Put that action into play and see it in your mind’s eye.
3. Making the mental commitment
Committing to a healthier diet and training with a daily Olympic worthy workout is tough. If you want to achieve the outstanding results that are needed, then you must make the mental changes in life to be healthier, and push yourself to higher levels of excellence: this means committing 100% to the program, mentally and physically.
One thing you will notice when training for the competition is how difficult it is due to its time-consuming nature. It’s hard to form and sustain normal relationships because of the competition schedule. This is hard on the mental aspect of being an Olympic athlete training for the Games. Above all else, having a strong but calm mind is essential.