The above equates to more injuries and unpredictable performances from battle fatigue.
Just staying in the Olympic Village takes energy.
Sleeping in an unfamiliar bed and rooming with someone takes energy.
Things start to bug you that normally wouldn’t.
Tooth paste tubes squeezed from the middle not the back, toilet paper rolling off the back not the front, someone else just breathing… can all bug the crap out of you.
And, if your bugged by this there’s no way you can perform at your best.
So, what do you?
Ultimate Olympic Insiders View: When you feel trapped and ready to crawl out of your skin do the following:
Commit to doing the right actions for the remaining days you’ll be where you are. Take it as a block in time not as a destination. The Olympians need to say, “I deal with this for 5-days and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of what I’ve spent years to accomplish.” Anybody can deal with anything for 5-days. The mistake is to dwell on it from the perspective of “when is it going to be over?”. That mindset equals 5-days of dread and preoccupation, a place you never want to go when everything’s on the line.
Be cordial but not too familiar. Save your energy by limiting access to people and places. Say hello and be authentically congenial. You honor people by winning not by excess engagement when its all on the line.
Pace yourself. Don’t be in a hurry to get somewhere or get it over. Stay in the game by only doing the key things that have to go right.
Give thanks. Spend time giving thanks for your blessings. Be thankful for the good things and that the challenges draw you close to seeking better answers that make you grow as a person.
Honor others. Take the time to thank those that have helped you. This will relax you because you’ve done good. It creates internal harmony.
Show up with pride. Bring you’re A-game to everything you do. Vow to yourself that you’ll give others the best you’ve got because they deserve that from you. It’s good for us and good for them. Everyone wins. These tough moments are when people crumble and can blow decades of dignity.
Stay tidy. Keep your clothes, materials and belongings tight. When things get messy the mind spirals down. Only keep what’s necessary.
No good luck charms. Rely on your preparation, intuition and mind to guide your decisions in real time. Don’t rely on things outside yourself to do for you what you must do for yourself. Your special vitamins, charms, rabbit feet and anything else that isn’t you needs to be set aside as they distance you from stepping into the solutions that need to go right that empower your sense of confidence in yourself.
Control your mind. Only focus on the best solutions that create the best outcome. Vow you will preserve your soul and your energy.
Trust your preparation. At the end of the day the preparation determines the result. When its go time, take a deep breath, trust your preparation, and act when the time is right.
Take the time to watch the Olympics through the eyes of what I shared above.
It will be an invaluable case study for you to see what it is that people who can and do actually do to accomplish it.
And, you’ll also see what it is that those who can and don’t actually do to take themselves out of the game.