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Lessons From the Olympics

Posted by Erin Fischer on

I can't believe that the Olympics are almost over and while I am not normally a sports person, I have really enjoyed watching Australia compete. Seeing people break records, their personal bests, sportsmanship and that despite the challenges of Covid things running relatively smoothly. 

Watching the athletes compete has shown me that there are lessons we can take from seeing them compete:

  • They’re persistent – so many of the athletes have had setbacks from injury to changing coaches to staying motivated during lockdown. But here they are competing on the world stage giving it their best shot. Everyone struggles at times, but with persistence you can get through it and the Olympics is a great example of that.
  • They have amazing support teams – when I was watching the swimming so many of the swimmers spoke about how while it was an individual sport, they had amazing teams (made up of not only their coaches and trainers but their friends and family) behind them helping them be the best they can be.
  • They’re passionate – you see the athletes getting interviewed and they are passionate about the event they are competing in. You can see that they get such great satisfaction out of being able to represent their country. 
  • They’re consistently learning new skills and adapting – Logan Martin who won the gold in the BMX. ended up building a BMX training park on his property in QLD following closure of the only BMX park nearby. He adapted and took a risk and it paid off. Athletes are consistently working out the best way to achieve success. If something doesn’t work for them, they adapt they figure out what went wrong and change it. There’s so many ways do things it’s about finding out what works for you.
  • They celebrate the wins - and I'm not talking just about getting a medal. Peter Bol came 4th in the men's 800 metres and while he didn't medal he celebrated this achievement, and for Australia he won gold in our eyes. There's been so many athletes at the Olympics who while they haven't medalled they have beaten personal bests and gone above and beyond what they or anyone else expected of them. Each time celebrating like have won gold.  

So how can we apply the above to our lives?

  • Be persistent – don’t let the setbacks get in the way of your lives, persevere during the tough times, and know that things will get easier.
  • Have a support team and lean on them – it’s so easy for us to say we have support teams in our lives but how often do we rely on them? Let yourself rely on your support team when times are tough.
  • Be passionate – find something you’re passionate about, it doesn’t have to be your job, it could be a hobby or a cause. Something to help you feel a purpose and brings you joy.
  • Learn and adapt – keep your brain active learn a new skill or learn an additional skill that will help you with something. If something doesn’t work out the first time you try it, look at it from a different way and adapt to suit it. 
  • Celebrating the wins - try and find something to celebrate everyday, even if it's little thing. If you're unsure where to begin check out this post from a few weeks ago. 

Something to remember is that athletes struggle and that they are human. Looking at Simone Biles struggles shows us that mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to competing. However Simone also shows us that with the right support you can make a come back. Which is exactly what she did when she competed on the beam on Tuesday and won a bronze, a medal that she should be extremely proud of. 

It's hard not to be inspired by watching the Olympics and seeing athletes give it their all and there's so many lessons to be learned we just have to know where to look. 

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About Erin Fischer

Am the qualified mental health professional at Barty Single Origin. Write topical pieces with a focus on mental health. Always available on chat, Just say, 'Hey Erin'. Passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and letting people know it's A-OK to be not OK. Mental health advocate, Anxiety survivor, baker, crafter, cat lover, blogger, and always down to get a coffee and chat.


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  • Thanks Erin! Love your post! I just shared it with my staff in preparation for our Objective Experience Wellness Week in September!

    James Breeze on

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