Posted By: Stella Pike | May 28, 2017
It can be difficult to stay focused when you get to the point where your exercises are intense and a considerable amount of effort is being invested into training. To see consistent results for your efforts to maintain a high level of endurance you will always need to sacrifice something – it is not going to be a walk in the park to stay at an elite level of athleticism. Additionally, there are bound to be moments where you will end up with an injury or some condition that could leave you unable to keep on training, and that can eat away at your motivation to start again after a period of inactivity.
Learning from high level athletes reveals one thing: to get good at something you will have to struggle hard for it. Micheal Phelps did not become an elite level swimmer by training only a few times a week. Sure, his genetics did play a measurable role in his success, but the sacrifices he made to create time for training long hours every day were even more important. All of the world’s best athletes struggled because they knew that regardless of how hard they were training, there could easily be someone else out there who was training even harder. Instead of allowing oneself the comforting thought that a sufficient level of greatness had already been achieved, they all chose to keep working just a little bit harder to achieve their goals, and this is what separates the great athletes from mediocrity.
Even though you might not be a major athlete yourself, and even if your goals are not to become famous as the worlds greatest boxer or swimmer, you can learn these principles of success from world class athletes and apply them to your own life. If you have been trying to keep up with your goals to stay fit, gain muscle, lose weight, or develop the required skills and endurance for a particular sport, there is a lot that you can learn from others. One of the major secrets to success is to remember that it is so important to keep on fighting through plateaus and any obstacles that would keep you from achieving your true athletic potential. It is always easy to just give up, and it is easy to choose to keep your training program in a state of stagnation.
One great way to keep your motivation levels up is to take the time to read popular fitness blogs and magazines. There are plenty of top level athletes out there who have their own web sites and fan pages set up, and they often write interesting posts or share insight into what helped them achieve their success. When you see that it is also hard for others to be great, it will give you that extra bit of motivation to try a bit harder yourself. In the end you will end up achieving your goals if you remember to apply this winning mentality.