Why winning the Olympics is simple.
I’m going to tell you how to be successful and in particular how a simple ‘state of mind’ is the biggest obstacle to your success. Now, I know what you're thinking - 'that's a little bold coming from some youngster who's name barely registers on a Google web search'. Which Is why I'm not going to talk about my success. Rather I'm going to talk about the success of arguably one of the greatest sportsmen to ever walk the earth. Muhammed Ali.
The second mind-set you need to have is to actually believe it’s possible. Now I might want to compete at the games in Rio or I might want to be the first man on Mars but unless I think it’s possible then it won’t happen. If you don’t think it’s possible you’ll find reasons why it can’t happen or why it won’t happen and soon enough these reasons will come to light because they seem far more probable. Again, if we look at Ali versus Foreman, Ali truly believed he could win the second fight despite the boxing world believing the opposite. Even his coach and long term supporter when interviewed before the match said “Ali can’t win this fight, he thinks he can but he can’t”. Just look at Bolt, he knew he could win, he believed it even if his critics didn't. Which is why he crossed the 200m line with his finger to his lips in a gesture which said 'shhh, I told you so'. So that’s the second mind-set – a firm belief that you can achieve your goal.
Before the fight with Foreman, Ali was in his dressing room going through the fight in his head. He concentrated on the win, he imagined every detail. The noise of the crowd, the taste of sweat and saliva in his mouth, the weight of his arm as the referee lifted it up, the image of Foreman on the floor of the ring, the feeling of winning and the delight on the faces in his corner. To Ali, he had already won the fight – all he had to do was go out there and relive the victory in the ring, which he did, in a historic fashion. So that’s the final piece – to expect to be successful.
It’s very simple – desire, believe and expect. I don’t proclaim that it’s easy, in fact it can be tremendously difficult, but it is undeniably simple. If you can think in this way then I have no doubt you will achieve any goal you set your mind to. So do it, book your tickets to Rio now, you'll get your flights reimbursed when you're selected to compete for your country.