You’ve probably been watching the Olympic events in awe, like we have. Two of the USA gold medals winners are only seventeen! It’s amazing to watch the depths of their talent on TV. There’s a lot we can do to emulate their Olympic routine. And while you may never win half-pipe gold, you can hit your own personal goals with the style of an Olympian!

Embrace the Grind

You think that every single athlete enjoys every minute of their workout? Absolutely not. They get tired like we do. They want to give up like we do, but they don’t. The keep going. They push through. Embracing their exercise routine is what makes them mentally strong.

Learn to Push Through the Stress

Whether the stress is health and fitness related or work related, learn to talk yourself through it. While a ski jumper sits on the bar at the top of the slope, they’re filled with nerves and stress, but they push through. All you have to do is find out what works for you–maybe it’s a pep talk, a song you sing in your head, or a quote that motivates you. Whatever the case, learn the best way for you to push through a stressful situation.

Practice Mindfulness

While this may seem vague, it’s a great tool to utilize during a workout, especially if you’re someone who’s not a huge fan of exercise. Being mindful during your workout can help get you in the zone and make it feel like less of a burden.

Think Positive

This may seem obvious, but it’s also one of the most important. Staying positive about your fitness routine will help you in the long run. If you go into it with a negative attitude, there’s a greater chance you’ll fail. Don’t believe me? Pay close attention to the next luge event and how each athlete reacts after each run. If they have a bad run, do they get angry or do they smile? How does that impact their next run.

Surround Yourself with the Right “Coaches”

While you may not have a personal trainer or fitness coach, you should surround yourself with positive motivating people who will help you reach your goal. If your significant other or best friend is there to cheer you one and remind you of how great you are doing, then you’re in pretty good shape. Surround yourself with “coaches” that will ask you why you skipped a workout and congratulate you on meeting your goals. Plus, it’s always nice to share the success with someone close to you.

Have a Goal

Whether your goal is to lose 10 pounds, run in your first 5K, or to lower your blood pressure, have a goal in mind. Right it down somewhere you can see it daily–a sign on the fridge, a reminder on your cell phone, or on your laptop. If you start with a goal and have something to look forward to, it will make the whole exercise process even easier and more exciting when you finally reach your goal. Like an athlete, always looks forward to your next event.

Prioritize Sleep

When you get the right amount of sleep, every part of your day will be easier. You will be more energized to workout, more positive, and more excited for the next step. Trust me, sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself.