6 Ways Katie Ledecky Thinks Differently

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Katie Ledecky Applying the Psychology of Successes in the Olympics

“Your thinking is everything. I believe that if you change your mindset, you’ll change your life.” (James Justin).

On August 13, 2016, I read a great blog by Jeff Haden from Inc Magazine. The blog was about a great athlete who changed the game of swimming. You know her as Katie Ledecky.

What fascinates me about Kattie is not so much her game, it’s her mindset. Virtually, everyone who has achieved any success adopted the “growth mindset” instead of the “fixed mindset.” They have a positive mental attitude. I enjoyed learning about Katie’s mindset so much that I even shared the article with my audience on coachjamesjustin.com.

Katie doesn’t just win–she crushes. How? She adopts the growth mindset. Her success starts with how she thinks — just like your success will start on how you think.

Here are 6 Ways Katie Ledecky Thinks Differently:

1. She does the work …
You can be good with a little effort. You can be really good with a little more effort.

But you can’t be great–at anything–unless you put in an incredible amount of focused effort.

Here’s a glimpse of a normal day for Ledecky (thanks to ESPN):

• Wakes up at 4:05 a.m.
• Eats two pieces of toast with peanut butter, plus a banana or apple.
• Trains from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., swimming between 6,000 and 6,500 yards.
• Naps at 8 a.m.
• Goes to dry land training three days a week from 11 a.m. to noon.
• Trains again from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., swimming between 7,000 and 8,000 yards.
• Goes to bed between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Success requires the right choice, the right cost and the right commitment.

2. … and she does a lot more work.
Sure, there are plenty of Sheryl Sandberg “I leave every day at 5:30” stories. I’m sure she does. But she’s not you.

Every extremely successful entrepreneur I know (personally) works more hours than the average person — a lot more. They have long lists of things they want to get done. So they have to put in lots of time.

Better yet, they want to put in lots of time.

If you don’t embrace a workload others would consider crazy, then your goal doesn’t mean that much to you — or it’s not particularly difficult to achieve. Either way you won’t be incredibly successful.

Work does not have to be painful, it can be enjoyable. How do you do that? Engage in work that brings you results and fulfillment.

3. She doesn’t make back-up plans.
Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. Back-up plans can also create an easy out when times get tough.

Ledecky doesn’t have a backup plan. She isn’t a person who swims. She’s a swimmer.

You’ll work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. You’ll work harder and longer if you think of yourself not as a person who sometimes performs a certain task but as a person who has embraced everything about a pursuit. Don’t just start businesses — be an entrepreneur. Don’t just jog in the evenings — be a marathoner.

Pursuing a definite aim empowers you to stay focus until you achieve a specific goal. Burn all ships that distract you or cause you not to achieve your goals. That is why Katie doesn’t have a backup plan. She does not want any distraction.

4. She avoids the crowds.
Conventional wisdom yields conventional results. Joining the crowd–no matter how trendy the crowd or “hot” the opportunity–is a recipe for mediocrity.

Take the way Ledecky trains. She trains at near race pace, targeting a stroke rate magic number is 1.36 seconds. The target stroke rate she uses in practice is significantly higher than most other swimmers use.

And as her coach says, “Other swimmers, they either lose [their stroke rate] or they don’t have the confidence to start out with it. You’ve seen her dive in, and by the time the race is 100 meters in, it’s over. Why can she do that? She can do that because she practices it — over and over and over again. Every day, twice a day a lot of days.”

Remarkably successful people make a habit of doing what other people won’t do. They go where others won’t go … because when they do, there’s a greater chance for failure, but also a much greater chance of success.

Success requires you to follow a simple and consistent plan every day.

5. She starts at the end …
Average success is often based on setting average goals. Ledecky doesn’t just want to win. She wants to set world records. She wants to win every race.

Scratch that. She doesn’t just want to–she wants to. As her teammates say, in practice she’s the nicest person ever … but in meets, she’s scary.

Decide what you really want: to be the best, the fastest, the cheapest, the biggest, whatever. Aim for the ultimate. Decide where you want to end up. That is your goal.

Then you can work backward and lay out every step along the way.

Never start small where goals are concerned. You’ll make better decisions–and find it much easier to work a lot harder–when your ultimate goal is ultimate success.

6. … and she doesn’t stop there.
Achieving a goal–no matter how huge–isn’t the finish line for highly successful people. Achieving one huge goal just creates a launching pad for achieving another huge goal.

Ledecky won gold medals at the London Olympics. She’s winning gold medals in Rio. And while she doesn’t say it out loud, it’s clear her goal is to be the best swimmer–not just the best female swimmer, but the best swimmer, period–ever.

Success is a journey not a destiny.

Maybe you want to raise great kids who become responsible adults or you want to create a $100 million business; and once you do, you can leverage your contacts and influence to create a charitable foundation for a cause you believe in. Then your business and humanitarian success can create a platform for speaking, writing, and thought leadership. Then …

The process of becoming successful in one field will give you the skills and network to be even more successful in that field–and successful in many other fields.

Incredibly successful people don’t try to win just one race. They expect and plan to win many more races. Success leaves clues. If you want to succeed in life, adopt the mindset and the habits of successful people like Katie Ledecky.

Now, it is your turn to apply the psychology of success in your life to achieve your goals! Are you ready?

Let’s get started today! Visit CoachJamesJustin.com or call 407-493-7486!

Dedicated to helping you transform your life and your business!

James Justin

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