How to Plan for Your 4-Year Gold Like an Olympian!
Posted May 05 2010 11:00pm
I wrote this during the 2010 Winter Olympics and sent in my newsletter, but as an evergreen issue it needs to be here too!
Where do you want to be in 4 years from now?
Do you want to be as spot-on as a gold medal winning Olympian?
It takes an Olympic athlete at least four years — but usually their entire life — of planning, practicing and sacrificing to be challenged by the best of the best in the world, once every four years, to see if they can win the coveted gold, silver or bronze medal. What must it be like to be this in love with one sport, this focused on one thing, to go through what they do on a daily basis to work out, stretch and challenge themselves to be the best in the world?
What do you love this much?
What would you want to focus on this much to get your personal equivalent of a gold medal in four years from now?
People often ask one another, “Where do you see yourself in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years or 10 years?” But, watching the Olympic really made me narrow my vision to this 4-Year Plan concept. I like it!
Where do you want to be in 4 years from now in some area of your life?Whether your goal is physical health or body shape, relationships, education, job level, happiness, travel dreams, hobby or craft goals or business heights, what would be your gold?
Take a notebook and draw a time line marked out in four sections, one for each of the next four years. What accomplishments or challenges do you want to see yourself realize and complete? What do you want to be, do or have in four years from now due to your new focus, plan, discipline and follow-through? And, along the way, just as the Olympic athletes, there will be other awards and recognitions before the Big Games, mark them all.
Now, write out your plan within these four sections narrowing each year down into its months, weeks and days. This is your plan!
Now, it’s DO IT TIME! All you need do for yourself now is follow it!
Find 4-Year Plan Buddies and start today. No waiting!
”A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.”
~ Jesse Owens
African-American athlete, 1936 Summer Olympics
“The first thing is to love your sport.
Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.”
~ Peggy Fleming
American figure skater, 1968 Winter Olympics
“All I’ve done is run fast.
I don’t see why people should make much fuss about that.”
~ Fanny Blankers-Koen
Dutch athlete, 1948 Summer Olympics