For Lia Neal, accomplishing goals is all about perseverance.
The 17-year-old swimmer accomplished her goal of swimming at the Olympic Games in 2012 when she was a member of the U.S. 4x100-meter freestyle relay team that won bronze and set the American record.
Since then, Neal has set new goals. Next time around, she hopes to swim relays and individual events at the 201 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Until then, Neal is continuing to train and compete, all while inspiring and sharing advice with younger swimmers.
And the best advice Neal can offer? Never give up, and don't be afraid of failure.
"My advice to these swimmers trying to achieve their own goals would be to persevere, because it's not going to be easy the whole way through," Neal said while talking to Swimming World Magazine. "You're going to have some successes and then also that's going to come with some failures, but you just have to take it in stride cause the failures are going to be the thing that make the success feel even better."
Neal is just the second female African-American swimmer to be part of the U.S. Olympic team.