One of the best things an aspiring athlete can do is try to mirror the ones they’d like to become. If you watch how they train, compete and act, there is a good chance you can pick up some of their habits to help achieve your dreams. Here is some advice from a few high-achieving women as explained in TeenVogue magazine.
Deajah Stevens made the 2016 Olympic team in the 200-meter dash and accomplished a lot of great things during her college career at Oregon. The New York City native feels like girls need to chase their dreams even if they are not easy to define.
“I feel like the generation coming up now, the girls feel they can’t do anything besides be a nurse or a teacher. Little boys grow up saying, ‘I’m gonna go to the NBA. I’m gonna go to the NFL.’ Girls don’t. What I would say is to go for your dreams, it doesn’t matter what other people say. It just matters what you want to do.”
Ingrid Silva, a ballerina in New York City, says that success sometimes comes to those who bet on themselves and commit to what they are doing.
“I think the first step is to believe in yourself. Believe that you can achieve things, because you can. It’s all mental. When you say, ‘Oh, I want to dance,’ many people say, ‘Why don’t you go look for a real job?’ When you are an artist or athlete, you hear that phrase constantly. It’s a real job.”
Kirsty Godso, a Nike master trainer, feels you have to focus on what you’re committed to if you want to be successful.
“You just have to trust it. There are so many moments where I’ve chosen fitness and it was the unsafe or not guaranteed route. However, I put all my eggs in one basket and said ‘I believe so much in what I’m doing and what I want to do. This career path lights me up so much, I actually don’t care about the safe guaranteed outcome.”
GoodSport commends these athletes and role models for continuing to inspire the next generation.