Keep Developing Yourself as You Keep Moving Up

Dutee Chand, our champion sprinter, is not resting on her laurels. She is busy identifying gaps in her technique and addressing them, in time for the 2020 Olympics. In a recent interview to the Times of India, this what she had to say.

“I realised that during my take-off, my body was leaning a bit more than required which hampered my speed considerably. Similarly, during the last 20 m of my finish, I was experiencing stiffness which was kind of pulling me back. It affected both my start and finish. Since every second counts in sprint, it was important to rectify these flaws,”.

Look at the detail to which Dutee has identified improvement opportunities, prepared an action plan to improve, identified the right coach and has embarked on a rigorous program to up her game.

You too are a high performer who has progressed faster than the peers. Are you asking yourself, “Should I rest on my laurels or, up my game?”.

If you are keen on upping your game, do try out the following steps.

STEP 1: Set Your Sights

Pick a level of performance you wish to achieve and set yourself a target date to get there.

STEP 2: Identify Strengths and Gaps

Get honest and actionable feedback from friends and well-wishers to identify both your strengths and gaps.

STEP 3: Make an action plan and act on it

First, strengthen your STRENGTHS. Next leverage your STRENGTHS to offset gaps.

Practice your new ways of behaving repeatedly. Remember the timeless dictum, “You are what you do repeatedly”.

Go ahead and up your game like Dutee Chand. Every second counts!

  • By Ravi Santhanam for ZEUS


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