Developing an ‘Olympic mindset’

By Marjorie Barnes | Published on 9 August 2021 | 2 min read

With Tokyo 2020 well underway, we invited former Olympian Goldie Sayers to host a workshop with our partners Inspire Suffolk last week in Ipswich. Goldie grew up in Suffolk and shared her experiences with the young people and the ups and downs of her Olympic journey. She ran a number of exercises to help build confidence and develop an ‘Olympic mindset’. Raising aspirations is important to us if we’re to fulfil our goal of a third of the workforce coming from the local area during construction.

Julia Pyke, Financing and Economic Regulation Director, said:
“We hope the skills the young people have learnt today complement everything they do with this important local charity and set them up for success in the future. We want local people to make the most of the opportunities on offer in this region including the wide range of jobs and training that will be available through Sizewell C.”

Top tips from Goldie to be at the top of your game

1, Goal clarity
What is your goal and why – visualise yourself reaching it and how you will feel achieving it.

2, Hard work
Take action, every small step counts!

3, Grasp opportunities
In life we tend to think we need to have experience before we can say yes to new opportunities but learn to say yes even when you are not completely sure how to get there.

4, Overcome obstacles
Everyone has to overcome a challenge from time to time, even Olympians!  Repeat your positive steps forward and see any setbacks as opportunities to learn.

5, Attitude
A good attitude underpins everything and is something we all have control over, talent will only get you so far, the rest is grit, determination and a great attitude.

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