Have you wondered why you love watching athletes? The action, rules, and scores are just a few aspects of the sport that attracts us to these world-class athletes. What truly makes them worth watching is their competing spirit. Behind that intense focus, there were months of preparation - the kind of sacrifice that a normal person would never do to achieve their goals. While you prepare 3-4 months for the GMAT, remember what these top five Athletes have to say about preparation, obstacles, and focus:
1) Michael Jordan (MJ)
Michael Jordan is regarded as the greatest NBA player of all time, not just in terms of records but also in promoting the NBA worldwide.
This is what MJ had to say about Roadblocks
“If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it”
GMAT Preparation is similar to a close basketball match. The only difference is that you have to fight your demons instead of an equally good opponent. It requires motivation, consistency, systematic preparation, and obsession with improving your skills. The roadblocks would be weaker sections in Verbal or Quant. If you quit trying 3-4 GMAT 800 Questions, then you are not climbing the walls. Learn the Fundamentals, and climb the wall again.
2) Muhammad Ali
One thing that comes to our mind when we think about Muhammad Ali is Confidence. It is this unwavering belief in himself that helped him achieve some of the staggering results that a boxer has ever seen. In his career, he won 56 matches, 37 in knockouts and just lost 5. Like other legends, Ali knew the importance of preparation. He shared how tough it was to go through the training and keep oneself motivated.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Going through the routine of solving 10-15 GMAT Quant and Verbal problems every day is not an easy task, especially if you are working. Remember that it’s not easy to enjoy the whole process but like what Ali said “Suffer Now and Live the rest of the life as a champion”. You can rephrase that to fit the school of your dream:
“Suffer Now and Be Part of Harvard Business School (<”Your Target School”>)”
3) Roger Federer
Roger Federer is considered the greatest tennis player of all time. He holds the record of the most grand slam title wins – 17 in all, with wins in 5 consecutive men’s titles at Wimbledon and 4 consecutive grand slam titles in 2004. What made him different from other legendary athletes was the ownership that he took about his game.
“I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that, because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn't stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper.”
If you start your GMAT Preparation, and blame your work, friends and other circumstances for the lack of intensity in your preparation, then learn from Roger. Rephrase what Roger said:
“I was to blame if I don’t score 700+. I was to blame if I score 700+”
This change in attitude will empower you, and you no longer will be at the whims of circumstances and other individuals. You are responsible for the results.
4) Sachin Tendulkar
The greatest One Day International Cricket Player of all times, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most centuries in one day Cricket – 49, the most centuries in International Cricket, the most runs scored in One Day and Test Cricket, and several other records, which very few cricketers can ever achieve. What made him great was his total dedication and concentration for the game. His concentration was evident when he said:
“I get 0.5 seconds to react to a ball, sometimes even less than that. I can't be thinking of what XYZ has said about me. I need to surrender myself to my natural instincts. My subconscious mind knows exactly what to do. It is trained to react”
After mastering a GMAT topic, you have to focus on the speed. You will get 2 minutes to answer each question. If you are worried about what your next question will be, rephrase Sachin’s words
“I get 2 minutes to answer the question, sometimes even less than that. I can't be thinking of what my next question will be or how am I doing. I need to surrender myself to my natural instincts, and be confident about my preparation”
5) Michael Phelps
One of the youngest legends, Michael Phelps at the age of 27, won 22 Olympic Gold Medals. He is the world record holder in 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 400-meter individual medley. His achievements were the result of training, goal-setting, and intense concentration.
“I think goals should never be easy. They should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time”
When you start with your Full-length GMAT Prep practice tests, you will be behind your target score by 100 or 120 points. Maybe you scored a 570 or a 600, but you can achieve 700+. Set the Goal. Write it down (I will score 720 on July 5th) and place it in your field of vision – in your desk, in your mirror and as your desktop background. Start your day by affirming that you will reach your 700+ goal. Your sub-conscious mind will be programmed with this goal, and you will push yourself to reach it.
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