By DeVry University
August 31, 2020
50 min read
August 31, 2020
50 min read
Reaching your goals often requires a steady balance of focus, resilience and dedication. See how U.S. Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor leveraged these qualities and more to achieve her dreams in this Future-Ready Skills session. Hear her thoughts on the power of being adaptable, the value of regular self-assessment and why being fearless isn't as scary as it may sound.
Elana Meyers Taylor: Hi, Rem. Thanks for having me, and thanks to all you guys for tuning in.
And all those kinds of things. Now, we have a lot of different situations presented to us and there's power in reflection and self-reflection. Now, if you get an opportunity, take a second... journal. Write down where you are in your life and if you're satisfied. If not, now is the perfect time to make a pivot. Because no one is sure about what's going to happen but what you can be sure about is what you find satisfaction in and working towards whatever your next goal is.
I like to look at them and try and help me narrow my focus. And I find that motivational, following the stories of other people. A lot of autobiographies I’ve found motivational. A lot of biographies just in general. I read a lot of sports biographies, whether it's Michael Jordan or Derek Jeter or some of those guys. I really like to follow those careers to keep me motivated. But podcasts, “How I Built This,” various podcasts. I'm trying to think of what else... even just the Olympic Channel podcast. There's some really great ones out there.
Everything is going into achieving your Olympic medal. Well, now as a mother, that whole concept kind of got thrown out the window. I'm doing everything I can still to be an elite athlete. But now, my number one priority is making sure my little man is taken care of in every sense of the word. Making sure he's happy, he's well fed and he's doing what he needs to do.
So, the focus is no longer on me. And that has been the biggest adaptation that I've had to make. How do I make my workouts of the highest quality possible, knowing I only got four hours of sleep last night because little man was unhappy for X, Y, and Z? Or I had to be up multiple times to feed him and whatnot. It's really been a period of change and a period of adapting to new things and trying to figure out how we're getting in these workouts. My husband has been really crucial in that. Some of the things we've had to do is, every day we change our outlook. Every day, we're just going to do the best we can and leave it at that. Some days, that means I'm having a great sprint workout. Other days, that means I had to take the day off because my body just didn't recover from the workout the day before. And as long as we're doing the best we can every single day at whatever we need to accomplish, then we're going to be successful.
Remberto Del Real: Yeah. As you were ticking off your list of all the things you had to do as an athlete to get ready, I was thinking, well, as a parent, all that stuff is out the window.
Elana Meyers Taylor: Yes.
Remberto Del Real: You just have to adapt. I'm sure, like many parents, you were probably surprised by how effective you can be with only four hours of sleep, right?
Elana Meyers Taylor: Very much so.