03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Olympic Aerial Skiers Get Through the Things They Dread


As you read my blogs, keep in mind that these stories , anecdotes and tools are all based around my philosophy for success: THE TURTLE EFFECT. The Turtle Effect was taught to me by my mother when I was a young girl. She told me that I could achieve anything I wanted to as long as I remembered to have a soft inside, a hard shell, and be sure to stick my neck out. I hope my personal training tool will inspire you on that path to find your "soft inside" in order to reach your goals....

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Do things you hate first

Nikki's Perspective: Performing triple back flips was something I knew I had to master if I was ever going to win an Olympic medal someday. But doing them terrified me, and I dreaded that part of my training. I would put them off until the end of the day, and if I could, put them off until later in the week. The very thought of doing triples was a weight on my shoulders.
My assistant coach recognized how the pressure was affecting the rest of my training. At the start of the next week, he suggested we do the triples first thing in the morning so I wouldn't have to worry about them all day. Beginning with them didn't make the maneuver any less nerve-racking, but did make the rest of the day much easier. I found everything else a lot more enjoyable.

Your Tools for Success: Our career choices are not always easy and there are times we have to just get through challenging parts. There is often one task we really hate to do. Instead of putting it off until later, do it today, as soon as possible. If we get it over with right away, then we don't have to dwell on it or fret about it. Make that unpleasant call or do that dreaded chore first thing in the morning and you won't have it hanging over you the rest of the day. This will give you more time to enjoy the things you really love. Be it tackling a pile of laundry or doing triple flips, think of the relief you'll feel, having it behind you.

Write down five things you don't like to do--like the list below. Do each before 11:00 a.m., and check off that you've done them.
TASK Done!
1. Phone call to Mr. Smith X
2. Turn in report X
3. Run 3 miles X
4. Do the laundry X
5. Do triple back flips X

I'm somehow guessing that you won't even want to do a triple back flip by the end of the week, however. Am I right?