Gabby Douglas' secret to success may be attributed to a goal board made out of Post-it Notes

Gabby Douglas may be an Olympic gold medalist, but the 21-year-old renowned gymnast is just like us.

She, too, woke up early and went to school, balanced homework and friends, shared the same back-to-school jitters we each had as summer sadly came to a close. But how did a young kid from Newport News, Virginia, become the household name she is today?

Sure, it takes a boatload of talent and support to make it from London to Rio, but more than anything, it takes perseverance. And Gabby took her dreams and put them down in writing -- on Post-it Notes, to be exact.

When she was young, Gabby's mom encouraged her to write out her goals and stick them to a wall -- and thus, her goal board was created.

The goal board allowed Gabby, who was only 14 when she began training full time, to visualize what she wanted to accomplish in the world. Her board often featured long term goals, but was frequently filled with short term aspirations. After all, it was her board, and she could put whatever she liked on it.

It was the goal board that helped Gabby not only get to the Olympics, but become the person she is today. And in honor of the back-to-school season, she's sharing a few tips with us and the brilliant students from New York City's Publicolor-- and learn how we can make our own.

Star, Ok magazine, In Touch, Life and Style, Out - New York, NY - 7/25/17 -  Gabby Douglas and Post-it Brand talk to kids at Publicolor about how to Make it Stick during Back to School   -Pictured: Gabby Douglas with Publicolor kids -Photo by: Marion Curtis/StarPix -Location: Publicolor NYC

Can you tell me why you're excited to partner with Post-it Notes and how you became involved in the project?

I became involved in the project solely because it's all about making your goals stick, making your goals stick in your head -- and I'm here today with the brand, talking to these kids about different goals they can achieve. I invited them up to stick their goals on their board and just to get them started for the back-to-school season.

Especially in today's day and age, people are typing out their daily goals and lists on their phones, but you've made it a point to visualize your goals in writing. Why is that?

That is a very good question. I think it's so important for you to write it out on your own, just because it's in your own handwriting -- and you just write it out and stick it on the board. And it just does something --you add your own flavor, you add your own style.

Trust me, I try to do it on my own computer, and I want to draw hearts and stars and put my own flavor into it. So I feel like it's so important, so key for you to do it on your own.

Star, Ok magazine, In Touch, Life and Style, Out - New York, NY - 7/25/17 -  Gabby Douglas and Post-it Brand talk to kids at Publicolor about how to Make it Stick during Back to School   -Pictured: Gabby Douglas -Photo by: Marion Curtis/StarPix -Location: Publicolor NYC

Can you tell me how you organize your goal board — how might it change day to day, year to year?

Depending on what I want to do and what I'm doing that year, or that week, I set daily goals. I set baby steps and then leading up to the big picture. I was telling the kids, you know, that it doesn't even have to be something big. You can just start with something small -- and then you gradually get to the bigger things. And for me, I set out daily, weekly and monthly goals depending on what I want to achieve.

It's totally changing [every day]. So even though you lost a passion, scratch it out and pursue something else. There's nothing wrong with that.

What is the number one piece of advice you have for students who are about to head back to school?

Don't bully, stay sweet -- and number one, have fun in the process of what you're doing. Enjoy the process and also trust the process.

What excites you about the new school year? How did you maintain that excitement throughout the year?

I feel like [you get excited] because you've been away from friends...and it's kind of like adrenaline, hanging with your friends, lunches...and then it kind of all goes away. I mean, that happened for me too, because I was so excited for gym. And then a week later I'm like, 'eh, I'm kind of over this.'

So you just have to stay in the tune. Stick with it. Literally.

Name 6 items that you always had in your back-to-school box.

I always had a pencil, of course, an eraser, lip gloss, mascara, candy and Post-it Notes.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas attends Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: Gabby Douglas attends The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - December 5: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Gabby Douglas visits the Young Hollywood Studio on December 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Gabby Douglas arrives at the Delta Air Lines celebrates 2017 GRAMMY weekend held at Beauty & Essex on February 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Gabby Douglas attends the 'Fences' New York Screening at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT -- 'TBD' Episode 505 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Iseman, Gabby Douglas, Cheryl Hines -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas attends the 2017 Miss America Competition - Red Carpet at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for dcp)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas hosts a special screening of 'Fences' at Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on December 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Gymnast Gabby Douglas (L) poses with host Hoda Kotb following 'The Hoda Show' on SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on August 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Preliminary - Women's Qualification - Subdivisions - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of the U.S. and Gabrielle Douglas (USA) of the U.S. (Gabby Douglas) hug after Biles' routine on the uneven bars during the women's qualifications. REUTERS/Mike Blake FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
July 8, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Gabby Douglas, from Tarzana, CA, during the floor exercise in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Olympic gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas attends the 2013 Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California March 23, 2013. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT OLYMPICS GYMNASTICS) (KIDSCHOICE-ARRIVALS)
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Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas poses for a portrait in New York August 16, 2012. When U.S. gymnasts Jordyn Douglas and Wieber captured gold at the London Olympics, each achieved a lifelong dream, but it was just the opening act for two teenagers who haven't ruled out the 2016 Rio Games or even careers in show business. To match Story OLYMPIANS-GYMNASTS/ REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS GYMNASTICS HEADSHOT)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas attends the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for dcp)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Gabby Douglas from The Final Five - US Women's Gymnastics Team go backstage to visit the cast of 'Hamilton' at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas visits the Citi Terrace at the USA House at Colegio Sao Paulo on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 04: Gabby Douglas of the United States looks on during an artistic gymnastics training session on August 4, 2016 at the Arena Olimpica do Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DOUGLAS FAMILY GOLD -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Johnathan Douglas, Miss Carolyn, Joyelle Douglas, Gabby Douglas, Arielle Hawkins, Natalie Hawkins -- (Photo by: Robert Maxwell/Oxygen Media/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Gabby Douglas attends the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2017 at Pauley Pavilion on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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