Monday, 13 August 2012

Monday morning thoughts...

It’s a Monday morning in London, with the skies overcast and a gloomy outlook for the rest of the day, I think the weather sums up how the capital is feeling after a spectacular two weeks of Olympic action.

After discussing my favourite Olympic moments in my previous blog, I want to quote from one of the greatest ever Olympians, Jesse Owens. Jesse won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay, defying Hitler’s expectations. I think this quote really personifies the attitude and belief of an Olympic Athlete:

‘We all have dreams, but in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self discipline and effort.’

Olympic athletes do not reach the pinnacle of their sport through chance.  It takes continual commitment and hard graft. I remember watching a documentary on the British Rowing team leading up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics and seeing Steve Redgrave collapse from exhaustion on the rowing machine after completing his last repetition. He is one of Britain’s most celebrated Olympians and I felt that this clip just showed what levels some of our athletes go to in order to achieve their dream:

Throughout the last two weeks the British athletes have inspired more than just a generation. They have inspired the whole population. They have shown people that anyone can achieve their dream. In Mo Farah’s interview after winning the 5000m gold medal he said ‘ Anything is possible, it’s just down to hard work and grafting.’ Now I’m not saying for people to jump on the rowing machine and row until you pass-out, or run 400m reps until you throw-up, far from it. But put this into perspective, if you’re looking to drop a dress size, increase your one rep max or improve your 5km time, it is possible.

The only thing that stands in your way of fulfilling your desired goal is yourself. So on this dreary Monday morning with a large bout of post Olympics blues, set yourself a goal for the week, a realistic goal that you can measure. Start off on a small scale and reassess after the week has ended. If you believe it is attainable, increase the boundaries of that goal, this way you are always striving for improvement, give it a try. Happy Monday!

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