Surfers are probably among the coolest people on earth. They have lean, toned bodies, excellent balance and get to travel around the world, joining surf competitions and meeting awesome people. We may not all be surfers, but we can learn a thing or two (or four, in this case) from them about life, and focus. Read on to know what are the lessons we can glean from surfing, and surfers.

1. They keep their eyes on the prize In the book Before Happiness, Author Shawn Achor recalled his experience in taking a surf lesson. The instructor told him “Where you look is where the waves will take you.” He was instructed to keep his eyes on the shore and he would be fine. Instead he kept his gaze on the rocks that terrified him, and he ended up crashing into them and bruising his ego. The same lesson can be applied to our goals. We tend to put more emphasis on our fears, and the things that could go wrong. When we focus on those things they end up coming true, because what we focus on becomes our reality. Instead keep your eye on your goal, and focus on the outcomes that lead you to achieving that goal. 2. They get up early To catch the best waves you need to get up early.This also applies to achieving your goals. If you want to get a leg up on your goals make some aspect of it the first thing you work on everyday before anything else. This will help you keep your eye on the prize and eliminate distractions. 3. They Fail often Surfers aren’t afraid of falling off the board. If they were they would never catch any waves. For every epic wave came hundreds of failed attempts that came before it. When working towards your goals don’t be afraid to fail, because that’s how you learn. If you are applying for a job and the interview didn’t go as planned get back on the board and back out there. 4. They are passionate Have you ever met a surfer that was not passionate? Surfers love EVERYTHING about the craft. They enjoy the thrill of trying to catch a great wave just as much as shredding an epic one. As you are working towards your goals fall in love with the process. This will keep you going even through the rough times.

Whether you get to surf or not, these four nuggets of wisdom would get you through life and help you achieve your goals. 

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