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Lessons On Goal-Setting From 5 of The Most Successful Olympians Ever!! 

By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

With the Summer Olympics & Paralympics in Rio in 2016, we had the fortunate opportunity to witness elite athletes compete at the highest level. However, what we often don't appreciate are the hundreds of thousands of aspiring Olympians who have failed to reach one of the world's most prestigious sporting occasions. The ability to set and achieve goals is at the heart of any Olympian. So, here are five pieces of wisdom around goal-setting from five of the most successful Olympians of all time - there aren't many more qualified people to learn from!!

Know What You Want

"I think it’s important for young athletes to really be in touch with themselves, so that they know exactly what they want to achieve and focus on that." 

- Birgit Fischer (Canoeing, 12 Olympic medals)

Make Sure Your Goals Are Visible To You

"I have my goals somewhere I can see them, so when I get out of bed I know I'm waking up to work on what I'm trying to achieve."

- Michael Phelps (Swimming: 28 Olympic medals)

Be Committed To Your Decisions

"Their destiny and where they want to be in life is not going to be a matter of chance... it's really the choices they make, and they have to be committed to those choices."

- Mark Spitz (Swimming, 11 Olympic medals)

Become a Master of Your Craft

"The athlete must make a devotion of his specialty"

- Paavo Nurmi (Middle & Long Distance Running: 12 Olympic medals) 


Enjoy The Journey

"It’s all about the journey, not the outcome."

- Carl Lewis (Sprint & Long Jump: 11 Olympic medals)

Learning The Fundamentals of Success

What's great is that we don't need to be aspiring Olympians to learn from these insights. Because these pieces of advice are aligned with the fundamentals of success, we can take this wisdom and apply it to our careers, our businesses and even our families!

Want to learn more about why people aren't as successful as they'd like to be? If so you should definitely check out this article sharing Tim Ferriss's explanation as to why 99% of people don't achieve their dreams.

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