How to win a Gold Medal at the Olympics … and achieve success in your life

Inspiring post by Team GB Olympic Gold Medal Winner Danielle Brown MBE who shares her experience on achieving success.

It’s fair to assume that anybody who wins a gold medal for their country at the Olympics on the world stage is a highly driven and motivated individual. When it came to my training I was very single minded. I wanted to win gold at the Olympics in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. So, I came up with a plan to increase my chances of doing it. This approach saw me become a double Olympics gold medalist at the Paralympics, three-time World Champion and remain world number 1 for my entire career.

Winning at the Olympics came down to one thing: goal setting.

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It isn’t the most glamorous part of the job, but it’s the most important. You have to know where you’re going if you are going to get there. This is true for everybody, not just elite athletes. The healthy eating regime or exercise routine that is falling to the wayside becomes much easier to keep on top of if you set goals, but your goals must be structured rather than just stating an intention. I have found that breaking it down into the following three stages works really well:

Define success

Success is different for us all, so it’s important to figure out what you want to achieve.

Choose something big, exciting and maybe even a little scary, then write it down. This is the driving force behind the actions you take and will keep you going when you feel like giving in.

Break it down

You aren’t going to achieve your goal overnight so split it into manageable stages. I think of it as climbing a ladder, with my big, scary goal at the top. To get there I have to perform certain actions and hit certain milestones in a specified timeframe. This is your plan of action and focuses your attention on the steps to reach the top.

Look behind you

Instead of looking ahead at how far you’ve got to go, take pride in how far you have come. When you reach the next rung on the ladder you should take time to appreciate what you have achieved and use it to boost your confidence levels.

Goal setting is a smarter way to success.

It allows you to take shortcuts and make the most of your resources. Figure out what you want to achieve and then pursue it, but always remember: elite athletes are so good at setting and achieving goals because they expect to succeed instead of trying not to fail.

Olympics Success

Get more inspiration from Danielle on her journey here.

Danielle is a Team GB Olympic Champion. She won Gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 and London 2012. She’s also won 3 World Championships. In 2010, she made history by becoming the first disabled athlete to represent England in an able-bodied discipline, and won a gold medal in the team event. Whilst competing at world class level Danielle also attained a first class law degree. Danielle achieved heights that others didn’t even realise were possible until she did it.

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