Michael Phelps, gold medalist in swimming in 2008, 2004, and 2012
As the 2012 Olympics are coming to an end, I was thinking about all the wonderful athletes and what it really takes to be an Olympian.
What makes these individuals so special?
Where does their passion come from?
What makes an Athlete an Olympian?
After reading articles where theses Athletes have been interviewed; there seems to be a number of common elements and I ask you to compare these to yourself and your business.
1) The Dream.
Many athletes have said. “Even as a child, I wanted to be in the Olympics.” Some of these athletes will have been eating, sleeping and dreaming about how they will gain their medals even as a child.
One of the great qualities of an athlete is they believe in themselves and they believe they can win. Athletes talking about the deep-rooted belief you have to have in yourself; that extra something you pull out the bag when there’s nothing left
3) Discipline and Action
Athletes start at a very young age to prepare for the Olympics. They practice and practice. Their lifestyle becomes regimented and restricted to the sole purpose of preparing for the Olympics. Often, they have to make sacrifices that many would not take.
Have you noticed that the common elements are not so much physical skills but rather mental skills?
In his article The Mindset For Success, Tom Renfro states:
Our mindset, or our paradigm as it is sometimes known, is made up of our thought patterns, beliefs, habits, opinions, values, and our perceived identity about ourselves and others in relationship to our experiences of life. In other words, it is the filter through which we interpret all our experiences.
It is your mindset which shapes your life and attracts to it results that are a mirror reflection of that mindset. This is how we create our world based on our personal mindset.
It is only through examination of our personal paradigm that we can determine the answer to the questions of, whether it supports us or limits us, whether we are operating on “autopilot” or we are deliberately choosing what we want.
So, how do you become an Olympian in your business?
- Have a dream, a vision of what you want to achieve and what you’re working for.
- Believe that you can achieve your goals
- Take action and be disciplined
The single deciding factor in whether or not you are an Olympian in your business is what you actually do in your business today…and tomorrow…and the next day…and the day after that.
Believe you can do it. Don’t listen to your critics (they haven’t done it either!) and take the biggest, boldest, most outrageous action step you can think of.
Be all you can be – and, then, when you’ve reached the end, keep going! Cultivate the mindset of an Olympian so that you and your business can achieve The Gold.
To Your Olympic Success,
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