Apolo Ohno, former Olympic Speed Skater (8 Time Olympic Medalist)
- The most important skills are around the ways that you tackle challenges and create resiliency through the hard times in your sport
- It's important to prepare yourself for environments that are unfamiliar to you so that you can still perform in those situations.
- Force your brain to deal with unforeseen circumstances.
- Outside of sports you can't exercise physical dominance so these life skills are going to transfer beyond your athletic career - grit, resilience, consistency of effort, adaption to new environments, how to deal with uncertainty, etc.
Things to Think About
- What's something you're uncomfortable doing?
- How do you react when you're uncomfortable?
- How can learning to adapt or perform in uncomfortable environments help you in sports? What about in life?
Ways to Practice
- Pick something within your sport that you're not as good at. Decide how you're going to practice that this week.
- Pick something outside of your sport that you're uncomfortable doing and commit to doing it this week.
Watch more content from Apolo Ohno on P/ATH Sports: Dealing with failure
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