US gymnasts Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabrielle Douglas celebrate with their gold medals on the podium during the women's team final Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) From: www.etonline.com
US gymnasts Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabrielle Douglas celebrate with their gold medals on the podium during the women's team final Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) From: www.etonline.com
US gymnasts Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabrielle Douglas, celebrate with their gold medals on the podium during the women’s team final Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) From www.etonline.com

We sat, and we watched, we ooo’ed and we ahhed but outside of some pretty epic performances, what else can we take away from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games?

For sportsmen all around the world, the Olympics is the pinnacle of showcasing their talents in their chosen discipline. This is a true testament to hard work, training, and perseverance. One cannot just get up and decide that they want to compete; this takes years of training, mental and physical conditioning of the mind and body, coupled with the fortitude to be the best at what they do. Ask any athlete, it’s not easy, and to pull off the feats that they do, is nothing short of a miracle. So how can we use what we have witnessed over the past couple of weeks to motivate our kids?

1. Determination Is Everything

If you do not believe that you can achieve your goal, you won’t. What if a high jumper focused on the height of the bar regarding it’s “all the way up there” as opposed to “I can jump over that”? They may as well not attempt to jump over it. Because their mind would already be set that it’s too high, they have already told themselves that the task is unattainable. If they further looked at the height of the bar in relation to their size, well, that’s near impossible. To leap up and over the bar, they first have to believe that they can do it and then go for it.

2. Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

We just loved watching the relays and seeing the athletes work together to achieve a common goal. While each individually is impressive in their right, when they come together they are dynamic. Practicing the race itself and passing off onto their teammates is exactly how some things in life works. Sometimes you can only do so much before you have to go to another person to help you along the way. When you look, they complete their part, and it all comes together perfectly.

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3. What Matters Most Is The Finish

The Olympics highlights the best in the world. Just getting there is an accomplishment. It takes determination, teamwork and focuses to get through life’s most challenging circumstances. So when your child says they can’t do something, raise the bar. When they’re out of steam, encourage them to ask for help. And when they feel like all is lost, reiterate to them that all that matters is the finish.

We wish every year were an Olympics year. But until next time, these lessons can resonate with our children, and they will know that nothing is impossible.

Written by: Joyanne Lawrence, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic

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