Part Samoan by birth, Greg Louganis is an Olympics legend, who suffered one of the most famous – and most public – failures in sports history. At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, he was knocked unconscious when he hit his head on the diving board while performing a 33-foot dive.
Far from allowing the accident to send him home, incredible Louganis got right back into the game and won two gold medals that same summer.
I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times (to the n’th power) I’ve failed in my relatively short *kale* life. I’m guilty, though, of wallowing – just a little – in the drama of my failures, stressing something about, ‘when is it ever going to be MY turn to win?’. I forget sometimes that this kind of thinking can keep people glued to square one… or progressing through goals a bit like wading through mud, never quite reaching the finish line.
- 1. Consider failure an asset. “There really is no such thing as failure…Setbacks are just there to help you gather information. They’re not good or bad.”
- 2. Strive for success, not perfection. “If you focus on perfection, you may never get out of the gate since you’ll fear falling short of that…Even in diving, the definition of a score of 10 is excellent, not perfect.”
- 3. Let go of self judgement. “Peak performance is meditation in motion, where you’re not thinking, just doing…The only way to achieve that is by letting go of self-judgment.”
- 4. Analyse your mistakes later. “After hitting my head in Seoul, I had to push it aside like it never happened.”
- 5. Rely on your supporters. “I am a firm believer that you don’t achieve greatness on your own…There is always someone there to lend a hand.”
Nadia’s article is here: Olympic Great Greg Louganis on Refocusing Fast After Failure. It’s a great read.