Ronaldo, like him or not, is undoubtedly a world class player, as demonstrated again in the Champions League Final. There are a few things everyone can learn from him and use to achieve their own goals - however small or big!
1. Persevere and commit. Ronaldo always had a clear vision about becoming a world class football player. And whatever he did was a step towards this goal. He worked hard. He was committed. He persevered, even in the face of adversity. So think about your goal, set it according to the SMARTER goal setting principles, and work towards it. Commit and persevere, even if things don’t go too well, for example if you get injured when you are training, there are always things you can do, and you will get there if you really want it!
2. Believe in yourself. Ronaldo has an unwavering self-belief, often not making him very popular with people calling him arrogant. However, we can learn a lot from this and use it for helping us to achieve our goals. Don’t dwell on mistakes, don’t get discouraged when you experience a ‘failure’ – just focus on your next step to achieve your goal. So if you gave in to that chocolate cake, avoid slipping into the vicious circle of ‘now it doesn’t matter anyway” and give up, just let it go, believe in yourself, and focus on the next step: your next training session, your next healthy meal,… you can do this!
3. Be adaptable: when Ronaldo started playing at Old Trafford, he had to change his playing style to succeed in the English league. So if something doesn’t work, don’t move your goal, instead review your path and try a different strategy to achieve your goal.
4. Peak under pressure. In the football world at that high performance level you meet the fiercest rivalry, and Ronaldo proved on several occassions to rise to the challenge and even use rivalry to fuel his performance and drive. But rivalry, jealousy, and other ‘unhelpful’ emotions are brought to us at every level of performance and in all paths of life. So instead of letting it hold us back, we can leverage these emotions and turn them into drivers to fuel our success. So develop your mental strength and next time you face someone unsupportive thank them quietly for giving you extra drive, stay focused on your plan and keep going after your goal.