Michael Phelps has achieved something greater than his 28 Olympic medals; he’s lived through the attainments of his goals. History will remember him for his performance in the pool, a nearly superhuman feat. But healing the depression that nearly cost him his life is the achievement worth more to Phelps than gold. "I was able to see a super low point in my life and turn that low point into one of the most enjoyable years I've ever had in my swimming career and outside of the water," Phelps told mbg candidly.
He rescued himself from suicidal depression using the same formula that drove him to the Olympics: "Dream, plan, reach." And it worked. Now married to his longtime love, Nicole Phelps (née Johnson), with a toddler, Boomer, and a brand-new baby boy, Beckett, born just this week, Phelps is mastering a new success. He's finding balance and self-love and is eager to help others find the same. His foundation is working to destigmatize depression and provide resources for those suffering. "Those moments and those feelings and those emotions for me are light-years better than winning the Olympic gold medal," said Phelps.
Just before baby Beckett's arrival ("We're so excited!" he beamed), Phelps spoke with mbg about what he knows best: how to set sky-high goals and achieve them. Whether you're looking to win Olympic gold or learn to love yourself, Phelps' approach is proven to work.