I wonder what do you think and feel while watching the Olympic Games?
As a Russian Briton, it’s tough for me to watch the Olympic Games since I want to support both sides, especially the Russians after all of the controversies and the additional battles they had to go through just to participate this year. The added pressure resulted in some inevitable crashes for the athletes.
Now that the games are coming to a close, we can admire the incredible training behind team GB and Russia’s hard-earned medals.
One of the medallists, Alexander Lesun, won a gold medal at the pentathlon. A modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events: fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping and a final combined event of pistol shooting and 3200m cross-country run. The sport has been created for Olympic Games in 1912 and requires so many different skills from each participating athlete.
At the last event of the modern pentathlon – running four 800m laps each prefaced by laser shooting at five targets – Alexander was closely followed by British athlete Joseph Choong. To my joy – the winner would be either British or Russian! During the shooting, the British athlete lost the time and eventually came the 10th at the event.
I am not writing here as a sports coach, they are great at their jobs and have their methods and ways for performance improvement.
I would like to point out how incredibly we can use our minds and bodies with the athletes as the shining examples.
When shooting during the pentathlon, it is crucial to pay attention to your breathing, making it steady and pressing the trigger with exhaling (to the best of my knowledge).
Looking at other precision shooters, snipers have to pay close attention not only to their breathing pattern, but to their heartbeat as well. The focus is extreme – breathing, heartbeat… and of course being able to shoot.
A heartbeat isn’t just in the ribcage or pumping blood – heart beats are taken into account by athletes and snipers to improve their performance.
Heartbeats can even be used to soothe a crying baby – parents can increase their heartbeat by breathing quickly or exercising briefly so that it beats in unison with their child and then hold the baby so that it feels more comfortable. It takes some practice but your heart can do wonders.
During the Olympic Games there were a lot of interviews where athletes confirmed the power of positive thinking; situations where they demonstrated incredible resistance under the pressure with a few examples of unexpected flops and the tears of joy after victory.
In gymnastics, in synchronised swimming, the athletes showed dazzling smiles, amazing elegance, joy of performing and behind all of these – not only the muscles training regime, but the art, science, methodology of performing, including managing your mind and heart.
What the Olympic Games demonstrate is more than sport, it is the unlimited scope of human abilities. The resources, each of us hold, present an enormous capacity – not referring to sport only, but to absolutely anything you do in your life – you do with your life.
The process to trigger, address and use those resources start with awareness and belief. That heart of yours – the physical and spiritual organ – can do wonders and shoot you to the sky.
The mind-set is under your control – with positive thinking you can enhance your own performance.
I am obviously still under Olympic spell and wishing you all the best!
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