With the 2016 Rio Olympics currently taking over our televisions, we should take the time to learn from these incredible athletes and practice the habits that got them to the Olympics.
If you can't believe in yourself nobody else will. As cheesy as that sounds, it's true. You are more likely to accomplish your goals if you truly believe you can.
Take U.S. Olympic gymnast, Laurie Hernandez for example. Right before her beam routine, she whispered to herself "I got this", and guess what? She did! She ended up scoring a 15.333 on the beam and securing the U.S. Gymnastics team a win.
Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual's passion for a particular long-term goal or end state, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective. This perseverance of effort promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges that lie within a gritty individual's path to accomplishment, and serves as a driving force in achievement realization. (source)
Michael Phelps is the perfect example of grit. You don't win 23 gold medals just showing up to practice and doing the bare minimum. Michael Phelps's passion, motivation, and hard work are the ingredients that athletes can apply to achieve success.
If you don't believe us, check out Phelps's daily workout routine here.
Team USA's Abbey D'Agostino didn't win the 5,000-meter event but she showed triumphant sportsmanship when she helped up New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin after a painful fall.
«Come on, get up,» D'Agostino told Hamblin. «We have to finish this race.»
Sportsmanship is the respect you have for the sport, the officials and those competing against you. Abbey D'Agostino demonstrated just that.
Especially in a sport like Softball where one cannot win or lose alone. Teamwork is essential to put into play.
Take the US women's volleyball team for instance who has eight new players that have never competed in the Olympics and have played a crucial role in the team getting to the semifinals in the Rio Olympics.
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"I think we've all played a part in building this team-first, very selfless culture, and I think it serves us well during competition. When there's a lot of trust, I think that's another characteristic of this team just because of the adversity we've faced, the challenges we've faced. We've had opportunities to be vulnerable with each other in environments, and I think when you're vulnerable, that's when the trust comes."
All of these habits can make a good softball player into an excellent softball player. One that coaches will want on their team, teammates will want to play with and a player who will lead a team to victories.