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10 Life Tips from Top Athletes

You may not need to clear the high jump, land perfectly on the beam, or expertly perform the butterfly stroke, but the same tips Olympians use, can put you out in front at work. Recently, themuse.com published an article of great ones called “10 Olympic Athletes’ Daily Habits You Should Steal (That Don’t Involve the Gym).” Here is the gist:

  1. Rest is about more than sleep. Listen to your body and your mind.  Even if you’re getting enough sleep, it also helps to unplug, take a walk, or take a moment for a great conversation with friends to recharge.
  2. What you eat matters. Find a food regimen that works for you and make it a priority. Consider whole and healthy ingredients, less processed foods and plenty of water all day long.
  3. When it comes to sleeping hours, quality is as important as quantity. Make sure you room is dark, cool and free of electronics that can distract you. You may also find that a consistent bedtime and wake time help too.
  4. Visualize success. It sounds simple, but picturing yourself nailing that presentation or winning that pitch can be the first step to achieving it.
  5. Sleep. Really. It’s important enough to mention again. Make it a priority.
  6. Keep your own score card. Record your business wins, losses, achievements and lessons and then write down where you want to be in 5 years. Review these lists often to stay on track.
  7. Be confident. People follow confident people. Just be sure you don’t cross the line to arrogance.
  8. Take a break. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to stop and enjoy the moment. Then you’ll have fresh perspective, energy and drive to do what needs to be done.
  9. Stay focused, but not on failure. When your mind veers towards anxiety and worry, make sure you have things covered and then force yourself to think of something positive.
  10. Start with … breakfast. You need fuel. For energy. For focus. For success.

 

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