Mental Toughness Secrets from 2X Olympian Mariya Koroleva

(Photo source: PAC 12 Networks and Stanford University Athletics. Scroll to the bottom to view the video interview.)

Have you ever been told that you will never improve, or you are not a good fit?

After the London 2012 Olympics, Mariya Koroleva thought she would be in serious consideration for the next Olympic team in 2016, but she was not. Mariya was told she was too old (at 23) and that she did not fit into the team that was being considered which would be much younger.

She had a choice: 1. Give up on a second Olympics 2. Go for it and train for another year with no guarantees of being placed on the team.

Mariya went for it.

She felt in her gut that the world had not seen the best of her, and she had not seen the best of herself. Mariya did not want to have any regrets. She’d commit to being "all in" for that year before the decision for the next Olympic team was made. Mariya felt that if she gave 100% and still did not make it, then she could be at peace that she gave her best.

We all have our own Olympics, and sometimes we need to trust our gut. Here are a few tips to help you take a leap of faith:

  1. Give yourself the gift of time and space to realize the best decision for you. When we are too busy and/or stressed, we are not setting ourselves up to make a good decision or to realize the answer that we may already know. 
  2. Believe down to your soul that your desired result is possible, and start seeing yourself at the finish line. I recommend saying (out loud) an "I am" affirmation every night before bed and then being as detailed as possible thinking about how it feels.
  3. Take control of your progress. What will you do this week to start moving forward?

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Write down a recent gut feeling and the action you will take.


"There are receptors to these molecules in your immune system, in your gut and in your heart. So when you say, 'I have a gut feeling' or 'my heart is sad' or 'I am bursting with joy,' you're not speaking metaphorically. You're speaking literally."  - Deepak Chopra


The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker  This book has to do with protecting ourselves from violence, but it has a great explanation about the science behind why we should trust our gut.

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Watch Sheryl's interview with 2X Olympian Mariya Koroleva on her Mental Toughness secrets

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