I have loved watching the Tokyo Olympic Games.
As much as I love to watch the athletes compete, I love watching their interviews, their preparation, and interaction with other athletes.
One thing that has stood out to me this year is the level of confidence that some of these athletes have.
One that I watched closely was American Swimmer, Lilly King. In her interview she talked about her high level of confidence and things she did to intimidate opponents. She has been very successful in her career and was the favorite to win the Gold again this year in the 100m breaststroke.
It was a shock to see her place third as her 17-year-old teammate from Anchorage AK took the gold.
As we watch these young athletes compete on the world stage, I’ve often wondered how they deal with the stress and anxiety.
On the podium for the women’s skateboarding stood three teenagers – 13, 13 and 16. It amazes me.
Simon Biles is another one that I have been watching. She’s in a league of her own. She is amazing and she knows it.
I recently posted a quote from her. She said, “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.”
I’ve been anxious to watch her at these Olympic Games.
On Tuesday she shocked the Olympic world when she pulled out of the U.S. team gymnastic finals. She said the emotional toll of the Tokyo Games, not physical injury, prompted her withdrawal.
I really like Tim Grover’s work and knew that he would post something about Simone. This is what he said on Instagram:
Winning sets unreasonable goals and requires you to bear the burden of responsibility for achieving them. That means doing anything and everything possible to get out of the situation you’re in, and into position to win.
You can pay the price of Winning and succeed, or you can quit, stay where you are, and pay the price of regret.
The road to paradise is a two-way street, and just as quickly as you travel to the top, you can slide right back down. In fact, you can pretty much count on it.
Winning doesn’t let you hang around. It meets you at the parade, cheers the loudest when you get the trophy, and then escorts you out to the parking lot, where the bus that brought you has a new sign with its next destination: Hell.
Winning will use every dirty trick in the book – and make up new ones just to entertain itself – to keep you in Hell.
It’s up to you to find your way out.
On another note, Todd Herman also made a post on Instagram that lets us look at this from a different perspective.
Over the last 24 hours, I’ve had 56 messages from athletes and coaches seeking help at the Olympics.
These 2021 Games are a mental health nightmare.
In the 21 years working with athletes at Olympic games, I’ve never seen more stress & anxiety...
…The Olympic games are just a microcosm of society. If you’re seeing some of the most mentally tough, focused, and disciplined people on the planet fall prey to ‘pressure.‘
What about the regular Joe’s and Jane’s of society…that don’t have the same level of skill at coping with the toxic levels of opinion, rhetoric, and hateful commentary online.
The antidote is always the same…be more kind
As the person she is, I feel terrible for Simone. She’s going through something hard and had to make a very difficult decision. From a mental health standpoint, she has set an amazing example to the world.
Over the years there has been better and better attention given to mental health, but there still is a stigma. But when someone at this level, a World Champion, will step forward like this, she is setting an incredible example for the world. She’s an incredible example for all of us, but I especially appreciate it for those youth who struggle and don’t have the courage to talk about it.
Simone is and will always be a CHAMPION!
This is partially the reason I created The Confident Athlete Program.
I created this program because the mental game is often overlooked but is just as important as the physical game. It’s designed to help athletes gain confidence, develop a powerful mindset, and discover their full potential.
But I also developed this program because our student-athletes have been through a lot during the pandemic.
With all that they have been through, most of them do not address the mental stress they have dealt with. In Module-6 of The Confident Athlete Program I specifically address mindset and mental health.
Help your athlete prepare for their upcoming season by focusing on their mental game. Talk to them about their mental health. Talk to them about their anxiety and stress. What do they need from you or others?
Simone is world class. I respect her decision and hope this will show the world that mental health is something we need to take seriously and pay attention to. I hope this is an example to younger athletes who will realize that this is something they can talk about, not be ashamed, and seek help.
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