Strive to Achieve Success – Eight Olympian Life-Changing Secrets

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As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London have ended, there were so many incredible stories of success and overcoming adversity to become the best athlete in the world.

Much like the long hours of training and drive to be number one, there is much overlap between what drives an Olympic athlete to success and what we face every day in our lives at work or home.

Shawn Anderson is a best-selling author, national speaker and motivational corporate trainer. He has a philosophy to “go the extra mile” to produce winning results at whatever he does. His goal is help motivate people to be success-driven.

So it doesn’t matter if you’re an underdog or leading contender in life, strive for what you want and keep you rend goal in sight. The key to success is within you, you just have to dig deep and make it happen!

Anderson says “Watching others succeed in the Olympics is fun…no doubt. But when we get only one life, why not try achieving our own Olympic-like success?”

But according to Shawn Anderson, there is so much more to be garnered and applied to our own lives from watching these success-driven athletes.

“An Olympic performance is an amazing example of what can happen when one stays dedicated to a mission,” Anderson says. “In fact, the Games are a perfect time to learn a few life-changing lessons that can catapult us to more success in our own lives.”

Michael Phelps - Olympic gold medal swimmer
Michael Phelps

Below are eight secrets to success that Olympians such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps possess that you can embrace in order to achieve your own personal goals:

1. Olympians have an unstoppable purpose. They know what they want, and they are passionate in their pursuit of going after it. Injury might sideline them occasionally, but they have a fire within them that pushes them forward. Nothing hijacks the mission. Three-time Gold medal winner Florence Griffith Joyner: “When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening any more.”

2. Olympians make every day count. They recognize that time is limited, and they are disciplined in working as hard as they can each day. Olympians understand that today’s preparation and effort determines the level of tomorrow’s success. Many athletes plan out their training schedule up to four years in advance to make sure they reach specific performance goals.

3. Olympians don’t make excuses. They focus on reasons why they can do something, not why they can’t. Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn didn’t let the excuse of age stop him from winning Olympic gold at the age of 60. Even at 72, Oscar competed in the 1920 Olympics.

4. Olympians link up with others. They connect with the best coaches so that they can learn and fully develop their  talents. At age 14, 2012 gold medal winner Gabby Douglas left the security of home for two years to train with one of the best gymnastic coaches in the world. If you want to be the best, hang with the best.

5. Olympians grow “good” from “bad.” They know that they have a choice in how to respond to every event or occurrence.  They do not surrender to negative emotions for long. South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius didn’t let being a double amputee stop him from running the 400 meters in the 2012 Games.

6. Olympians try harder. Directing all their efforts toward success, Olympians give their goal everything they have. Swimming world record holder Janet Evans swam 10 miles per day, six days a week, in order to return to the Olympics.  That’s 330 lengths of an Olympic size-pool.

7. Olympians believe “better” always exists. They believe they can jump higher, run faster and get stronger. Olympians  always push for the “more” that is inside of them. American Skeet shooter Kimberly Rhode had medaled in four previous Olympics. In 2012, she won again … this time setting an Olympic record by hitting 99 out of 100 targets.

8. Olympians don’t quit on themselves. They recognize defeat as a necessary obstacle to overcome in order to find  eventual victory. Failure is short term and Olympians never let a defeat define them. Dan Jansen was favored to win  skating Gold in 1988, but on race day, Dan’s sister died. He later fell on the ice missing out on a medal. Never quitting, Jansen came back two Olympics later and won his Gold.

Michael Phelps Ends Record Breaking Olympic Career with Another Gold Medal

Michael Phelps - London Olympics gold medal swimmer
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As the career of the greatest swimmer of all-time ends, it is incredible to see what Michael Phelps has accomplished in his stellar swim career.

Earlier today, Michael Phelps swam as part of the U.S. 400-Meter Medley Relay team that brought home another gold medal. This was 18th Olympic gold that Michael Phelps has won over 3 Summer Olympic Games.

Phelp’s last medal gives him a total of 22 career Olympic medals. Along with long-time swim coach Bob Bowman, the two have brought swimming to another level in world popularity. They have traveled to hundreds of swim meets and went to thousands of pre-dawn practices with the ultimate goal of being the best swimmer in the world.

In his last Olympic race, Michael Phelps swam the third leg (butterfly) of the race and teamed with fellow American swimmers, backstroker Matt Grevers, breaststroker Brendan Hansen and freestyler Nathan Adrian.

Michael Phelps - 400 Meter Medley relay swim race
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The U.S. won the Gold medal a fast time of 3:29.35. Japan won the silver medal with a time of 3:31.26 and Australia took bronze at 3:31.58.

At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Michael Phelps swam in 7 races, compared to the 8 we swam in Bejing back in 2008. Phelps won four gold medals and two silver medals to become the most decorated swimmer in the London Games.

When asked about is amazing career accomplishment, Phelps replied, “I could probably sum it up in a couple of words and just say, ‘I did it.'”

Michael Phelps was proud to break the all-time medal record of 18 that was held by female Soviet gymnastics legend Larysa Latynina between 1956 – 1964.

The American 400 IM relay swim race victory also keeps a streak alive as the U.S. has never lost an Olympic 400 medley relay race.

It took almost 50 years for Michael Phelps to break the  all-time Olympic medal record.  It’s hard to believe anyone can do it ever again. Michael Phelps, you are the best!

Top Athletes to Watch at 27th Summer Olympic Games in London

swimmer Michael Phelps - athens
Michael Phelps – AP

The 27th Summer Olympic Games is almost here. Beginning this Friday, London, England will host the 30th Olympiad and there are many top athletes from around the world to watch.

Rich in culture and history, London will now become the only city to host three official Olympic Games. London first hosted in 1908, then in 1948 after World War II and now in 2012.

As today’s athletes get bigger and faster, these Summer Olympics are the ideal showcase to the display the world their talents. According to NBColympics.com, the U.S. is the all-time leader in medals at the Summer Games with 2,302, more than twice Soviet Union which won 1,122.

Good luck to all the athletes in London. These Summer Olympics Games are destined to be the best ever. It’s estimated that a staggering 4 billion people worldwide, will watch the Games on their TV.

Here is a sample of some of the great athletes to keep a close watch on:

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps – AP

Michael Phelps
Likely the biggest athlete to watch will be U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. This will be Phelps’ third Olympic Games as he tries to break the all-time medal record of 18 (1956 – 1964) held by female Soviet gymnastics legend Larysa Latynina. Michael Phelps already holds the record for most gold medals, with 14 won in 2004 and 2008. What is amazing is Phelps has earned 14 gold of his 16 total medals, and 2 bronze.

track race star Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt – Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Usain Bolt
The speed demon of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing China will be a favorite once again in London. Usain Bolt won three track and field gold medals in Beijing – 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meter relay race for Jamaica. He also set world records in all three of this track races. Bolt is currently the world champion in the 200 meters.

Kohei Uchimura
This gifted Japanese gymnast is the reigning three-time world champion. Uchimura has the honor of being the only gymnast to have won the world title three times in a row. Kohei Uchimura won a silver medal in Beijing in the all-around but hasn’t lost a competition since.

Missy Franklin - U.S. Olympic swimmer
Missy Franklin – Al Bello/Getty Images

Missy Franklin
She’s just 17 years old but American swimmer Missy Franklin will become a household name after these Lond Summer Games are over. her nickname is “Missy the Missle” and she’s lightning fast in the water. During last year’s world championships, the young swimmer won five medals, including three golds.

Carmelita Jeter
Speed is her game the Olympics will be her center stage. Jeter won the 100 meter meter world title in 2011, plus took a silver medal in the 200 meters. She was part of the strong 400 meter U.S. relay team that held off Jamaica to win a gold medal. Last year Carmelita Jeter has the world’s fastest time in the 200 meters at just 10.7 seconds.

Michael Phelps Olympic Gold Swimmer

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps is now the top Olympic gold medal winner of all time. Phelps won his fourteenth gold medal on August 17, 2008, in the 400-meter medley relay.

Finishing with eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing China, Michael surpassed Mark Spitz as the most successful swimmer and Olympian of all time.

Phelps broke Mark Spitz’s 36 year-old record for most gold medals at a single Olympic games, set in 1972 in Munich.

Michael Fred Phelps (born June 30, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American swimmer who holds world records in several events. Phelps won eight medals (six gold, two bronze) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, which tied the record for most medals at one Olympics.

Michael Phelps - Athens Olympics
Michael Phelps – Athens Olympics

As a result of his swimming dominance, he’s been named World Swimmer of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and American Swimmer of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

In 1999, Michael earned a spot on the U.S. National B Team. At the Junior Nationals, he broke a record in the 200-meter butterfly for the 20-year-old age group. Michael’s ascent through the U.S. swimming ranks accelerated in 2000.

At 15, Michael became the youngest swimmer to compete for the U.S. in the Olympics in 68 years.

Michael Phelps - swimming celebration
Michael Phelps – swimming race win celebration

H2O Audio Teams With Olympian Michael Phelps

H2O Audio - Michael Phelps waterproof headphones
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H2O Audio, who is the leader in high performance waterproof headphones and accessories for active people everywhere, recently announced a multi-year partnership with 16-time Olympic medalist and 17-time World Champion swimmer, Michael Phelps.

H2O Audio is committed to encouraging healthy living, enhancing the swimming and training experience and spreading awareness for the sport. Along with Michael Phelps, H2O Audio will collaborate on product development and marketing initiatives.

Michael Phelps’ imagery and voice will be integrated into select product packaging, advertisements and displays at leading retailers including Apple Stores, Best Buy and Target, as well as online at www.h20audio.com and www.amazon.com. The campaign will launch this Summer.

“H2O Audio is extremely proud to welcome Michael Phelps to our team,” said Kristian Rauhala, founder and ceo, H2O Audio. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with one of the finest athletes in the world, especially one who so perfectly aligns with H2O Audio’s mission to encourage everyone — from the elite athlete to the recreational participant– to pursue an active lifestyle and push their level of performance.”

“We are a young company of athletes for athletes, and our relationship with Michael will undoubtedly benefit our technology, product performance and design,” Rauhala added. “Michael embodies our vision and commitment to excellence, and reinforces our dedication to improving the training experience with music anywhere, anytime.”

H2O Audio - Michael Phelps waterproof headphones
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“Music has always been a huge part of my life and my training, and I am excited to partner with H2O Audio to help bring music to the water,” commented Phelps. “Their line of waterproof headphones and accessories will help swimmers of all ages and skill levels, as well as other athletes, to incorporate music as part of their time in and around the water.”

Pioneering a category of its own with durable and innovative waterproof performance tools, H2O Audio is driven by athletes and products that reflect the company’s authenticity in water sports and the active lifestyle.

Phelps joins H2O Audio’s existing team of distinguished athletes, including 11-time Olympic medalist and 6-time World Champion swimmer, Natalie Coughlin; and legendary big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton.

For further information and to watch Michael Phelps in action with H2O Audio, visit www.h20audio.com

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