Overcoming a career low like an Olympian

Overcoming a career low like an Olympian

by Muhaimin X 27 Feb 2020

The Olympics are a testament to hard work. It is the largest, most anticipated and most watched competition in sports history, where only the best of the best can hope to qualify. However, behind the glitz and glamour that surrounds Olympians, an oft-forgotten fact remains of how human these athletes can be, in spite of their superhuman achievements.


Even sporting elites have to contend with low points throughout their career. Whether it’s that saying of things being “lonely at the top” or experiencing a string of crushing disappointments, we all have to deal with career lows at some point or another. However, it's what you do that determines your next turn in the journey of life. Here’s how three-time Olympic gold medallist Tianna Bartoletta found her back to regaining her mojo:


1. Achieve balance.

Find new topics or hobbies that you can get passionate about. Alternative areas of interest enable you to find pleasures in other things. For example, you can write a book, dabble in Instagram photography or practice your dessert-making skills. As a result, you'll be able to set goals that aren’t directly related to your career but can still contribute to its growth, and you'll be finding fulfilment instead of chasing it.


2. Don’t rely too much on personal benchmarks

You should always plan something after a big event because if things don’t go well, you have something to look forward to. If they do turn out the way you want them to, you won’t experience the dreaded post-high crash because you’re already looking forward to your next adventure. Upwards and onwards!


3. Don’t rest on your laurels

Always aim to beat complacency be striving to be the best version of yourself. After taking an appropriate amount of time to celebrate and process your achievement, start asking yourself in what ways you can top your performance. We can always be better and do better. Take some time to brainstorm how you can, what that looks like, and what it will take to accomplish it.


While it's important to celebrate your wins, it's equally important to ensure that there's longevity in your achievements and that setbacks be treated as lessons. Never settle for less when there’s more to be had, because you deserve whatever you can give yourself. You might feel that what you have now is the best you can hope for, but look at it another way – it can also be the best you’ve had, only so far.