During the Olympic season, the whole country was in awe of the amazing athleticism of those who participated. We witnessed everything from Gabby Douglas making history to Michael Phelps remarkable 18 gold medal win. None of it went unnoticed. Not only were these professionals poised and perfect, but humble, appreciative and looking forward to future activities. During basketball, football and baseball championships, you see everyone pulling for a common goal. Everyone wants their chosen team to win the championship. In business and in our personal lives, all of the above should be characteristics of one who is seeking to take their business and life to another level. From that perspective, there are 8 teachable moments from Olympic events and sports championships that we can take with us to grow and prosper our dreams and goals in business and in life.
1. Determination –Most athletes are serious about their skills and abilities. After all, it’s not easy to make the cut to be on an Olympic team or go to the finals. While training for years and practicing for months, it’s the one shining moment in history the athletes look forward to. They want to come home with the gold and the trophy. We expect to feel the intensity and visualize the concentration that is shared while accomplishing their given task of seeking to win. As a business owner, if you want to succeed, it is going to require not part of you, but all you have and more. The long hours, disappointments and hurdles will only make you stronger. Keeping focused on the end result of winning should make you more determined to achieve what will give you satisfaction. In life, the curtain will close and the lights will go off, if you accept it and walk away, you will never knock on the door of your destiny. You must be determined to reach what may be your pinnacle of achievements. Only you can solidify the intensity of the fire. No one can put it out unless you allow it to happen.
2. Cultural –The variety of personalities and ethnic backgrounds in the Olympics and sports teams show us how diversified this world is. There is a sprinkle of every culture, race and nationality on every team. The teams also show us that we can actually all come together for a common good by putting our differences aside. We achieve mutual respect for one another and our abilities. We give high fives and pats on the back for a job well done. Power is an amazing characteristic. If we could identify our strengths and realize our weaknesses, our partnerships with others would be mind boggling. Money has no color, athletic abilities has no favorites, why should our activities in business and life be any different? This communion amongst each individual makes your characteristics unique regardless of boundaries that confront you. Obstacles are ever present and most are uncontrollable. We must be able to accept our differences and appreciate what each one brings to the table. Let’s toast to that!
3. Focused –Every athlete has a primary objective, to win the GOLD or bring home a trophy. Some are even photographed hugging or kissing the metal. Imagining, visualizing and remaining constant on your goals, GOLD and trophies can be yours too. Often times we fall behind because we take our eye off the prize. This is very easy to do if you are not focused on what you want and how you want to get there. Success takes planning and you have to be willing to put your heart into it if you want to reap the rewards and enjoy the benefits.
4. Variety –We see a little bit of everything in sports. If you are not a sports fan, it’s easy to become one during the championship reigns. During the Olympics, the USA saw its main competition to be China. Nevertheless, other countries came to fight for a piece of the gold. In business and in life, you have to be willing to meet your fears head on. Regardless of what the other person looks like or if there are other businesses like yours, meet your struggles where they are and fight hard to be remembered on what makes you stand out. Be willing to try something different and don’t be a afraid to step out of the box or into another square. By offering numerous aspects of one service or one skill, not only will you expand your portfolio, but you will increase the amount of customers you serve and recognition you receive.
5. Competitive –Everyone gives their greatest performance without being told to do so when the metal in on the line. Even though each athlete supports one another, their individual goal is to make a difference in the game, no exceptions. Working well within your competitive field will buy you respect and it will also keep you on your toes. Knowing and believing that someone in your field is always seeking to be on top is enough competition to drive you to push harder. There is always something that can be done because competition will always be fierce and it doesn’t sleep. Those who excel and “make it,” aren’t specifically chosen, but favored to be the best at what they do. How you handle and deal with the doors being slammed in your face, the negative conversations and the lack of support from others, will determine your strength. Your staying power is at stake.
6. Faith –When winning the championship, many athletes confess their faith on national television. One can beg to say if this had anything to do with their success. Others would say, their faith is what helped them accomplish their dreams and pursue their goals. Regardless of what one believes, spirituality and success tend to go hand in hand. Even though the chips don’t always fall in place, if the spirituality is right, the attitude of the individual will be positive and encouraging. In business and in life, faith rides the same bus. It may not happen today, not even tomorrow; however, if you believe, you will achieve.
7. Inspiration –Every athlete doesn’t start at the top. In fact, many come from the bottom and dreamed of being where they are today. Hearing some of the tragedies and triumphs of these athletes makes one believe that anything is possible. Often times we give up without expecting an outcome. Sports teach us that passion drives everything. Sometimes you have to encourage yourself even when others don’t. It’s all about the attitude and what it feeds into.
8. Fun –The finale of the sports season is not only entertaining, but exhilarating. We are often given a little bit of every genre during this time. Life is all about enjoying every minute of it without any regrets. If you take everything too serious, not only will you miss the little moments of laughter, but the itty, bitty ones that may carry you over to the next. Enjoy every day. Make it a mission to have fun and enjoy what you do.
Bottom line, at the end of each day, make life more anticipated versus expected. Utilize these 8 perspectives and see what you can do to change your life or business. Make your next venture great or your current one better. I’ll see you in the circle of success and maybe you will be the one I see on top.