Michael Phelps, the Olympian who is currently gracing the covers of worldwide sports magazines and newspapers spreads for wining a record 28 Olympic medals (23 Golds) in his career, can actually serve as a great inspiration for every entrepreneur who’s trying to survive and swim through the tough Indian startup waters.
Coming out of retirement for one last round of Olympic Games, Phelps went to Rio to win, and boy, he did and how. His humongous success is the Rio Olympics 2016 is testimonial of the fact about how if one has the discipline, dedication, visualization and a true, true passion for something, there’s nothing that can stop them from achieving their goals.
We, at www.indianweb2.com, have compiled a total of 5 success lessons that an entrepreneur can learn from this highly decorated aquatic genius.
1) Goals –
Sine childhood, Phelps had had this great hobby of writing down his goals physically on a piece of paper and making himself remember about these goals everyday. During an interview, Phelps had mentioned about how as an eight year old young boy he had made a “goal sheet” in which he mentioned about his dream making into the Olympics.
Having a clarity of goals gives one an edge over others. If you know what you want, you work passionately and dedicatedly towards that particular goal without wasting your time and resources on any other thing.
Your goals will frighten you in the beginning, but ultimately they will motivate you to push the envelope and go after your goals and achieve them all, one by one.
2) Visualisation –
Once you know what your goal is, visualise it in front of your eyes every day. This particular technique is known to give one more motivation and strength to achieve their goals. Phelps has since childhood been a religious follower of this technique.
During his teenage days, Bob Bowman, Phelps’s coach, introduced him to this technique and told him at the end of every practice session to watch a videotape before going to sleep and immediately after waking up. The videotape was kind of a mental visualization of Phelps of the “perfect race.” Imagining himself swimming and racing flawlessly from start to end gave Phelps an encouragement to change his imagination into a reality.
Even today, the night before a race, Phelps spares a few seconds to visualise himself in the
race both from his viewpoint in the water and from someone in the stands watching the race.
3) Be Prepared for everything and anything –
One of the best things about life is its dynamic nature- anything can happen anywhere and to anyone. So, the best thing one can do is plan beforehand for every scenario in the book.
If you’re mentally prepared for every given scenario, your mind and body won’t be startled when facing an unexpected turn of events. One such incident happened with Phelps during the Beijing 2008 games when his Google’s unfortunately broke just at the 200-meter butterfly final. Though, many would imagine that going visionless in the middle of a crucial Olympic race would cause the person to lose focus because of all the tension, it didn’t become a hurdle in Phelp’s star performance. He not only finished the race, but won it with a new world record.
4) Accept whatever results you might get –
One has to understand, that one doesn’t always hits the bullseye. So, while you might have been a record breaker swimmer in the past, it isn’t possible to replicate the same results all the time, after all at the end of day, you’re a human.
Phelps believes as long as he has worked hard and given his 100 percent, results don’t matter. Don’t keep thinking about the failures and waste time, instead keep pushing and you will one day achieve your goals.
5) Learn from your mistakes –
As Tim Fargo says, “Analyse your mistakes. You’ve already paid the tuition, you might as well get the lesson.” The key here is to firstly accept that you have faulted and then analyse what went wrong and where and how you can correct those mistakes.
Phelps’s winning streak was temporarily interrupted by South African Chad le Clos in the 2012 Olympic Games in London when Clos beat Phelps at the 200-meter butterfly race by a mere .05 of a second.
Instead of being bogged down by the loss, Phelps decided to embrace it and study about what exactly went in the race and where. Once he saw the footage of the race, he realised exactly where his mistake was and what needed to be done to overcome it.
So, if you’re entrepreneur already in the race or prepping yourself to dive into the startup waters, make sure your draw some inspiration from Phelps’s stupendous professional life journey.