What a Difference A Day Makes – Steve Hooker

 

Steve Hooker, world famous Australian pole vaulter set a new Olympic record of 5.96 metres in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and won the gold medal. How did he do that?

As one writer observed, he did this with self belief, courage and persistence.He broke this record on 7 February 2009 by vaulting 6.06 metres. He is aiming to break Sergey Bubka’s world record of 6.15 metres achieved on 21 February 1993and has never been broken.

The question remains: What caused Steve Hooker who came 28th in the world in Athens (2004 Olympics) to four years later win Gold in Beijing (2008 Olympics)? What caused him to optimise his performance and take a quantum leap?

When he was asked this question he said that he had always done the big things right – trained hard, ate well and worked on his technique. However he realised that he hadn’t done the small things right such as: ensuring he took time out everyday to relax; having a good night’s sleep; focussing on one percent improvement on his technique; evaluating his own self talk; ensuring a ‘I can’ attitude; working on his meditation; evaluating his mental focus; and taking control of his emotions.

To ensure that he did these things consistently he developed a check list of these 10 things and scored them out of 10 every day. His aim was for a perfect 10 every day. His secret was to ensure that he did the small things correctly every day – week in, week out.

So if you want to be the best and like Steve Hooker, optimise your life, what ’10 small things’ do you need to focus on every day? By doing this what is the extra 10 percent you would gain if you improved 10 small things – one percent each week.Why not write yourself a daily checklist of 10 things you need to focus on to optimise your life everyday then do them every day. Aim to make progress each week and finally to get a perfect score in order to see how much your life will be optimised.

This is simple but not easy!