I am sure many of you were captivated by the 2012 Summer
Olympic Games. I love the events, but
due to my curiosity about people and behaviors, I find myself "tuning in” when
the athletes are being interviewed about what made the difference in their
lives as they pursued their Olympic dreams.
It appears that the list of attributes that I have been recording as I
listen to these professionals aligns perfectly to those that we teach in our Performance3
Leadership Academy. Let’s take a look:
You don’t have to be a sports
nut to desire the attribute of determination.
This is as valuable to professional services firms as it is to Michael
Phelps. Determination is showing that
you are 100% committed to the dream. By
showing commitment, opportunities will present themselves to you which you
wouldn’t even know they exist otherwise.
Iron tight commitment is what will eventually lead you to success. No matter what challenges occur, a committed
athlete keeps training. This is the
price that is paid for ultimate success.
An Olympian is strong in mind. As
a firm leader, you need to stop listening to the bad voices around you. Negativity only fosters more negativity. Your primary focus as a leader is to instill
confidence through positive thoughts and actions. A strong mindset is a powerful weapon against
the negativity around you and the firm.
Learn to pay gratitude to the small things in life that really
matter. It could be as simple as a
sincere "thank you” or a hand written note.
Keeping strong is not about power, it is about staying on track for
overall firm strength.
There is no doubt that Olympians
are hard working. You need to learn the
difference between hard work while unfocused and hard work with focus and
intention. Many people fail exactly at
this point in their professional development.
They try really hard, all the while thinking that they are doing the
right things, while in reality they waste a lot of their energy on unnecessary
things that don’t fit with their vision.
There is nothing wrong with working hard – but you have to work smart to
make it work.
Motivation can be a real turn off
for most of us. We are not always
motivated. I would say that no one is
motivated ALL the time. There will be days
when an Olympic athlete will not want to train for his or her event. On those days it is important to listen to
your inner voice and make a decision that will move you strongly toward your
target goals! If you push yourself too
hard, you will only achieve less than desired results. On the other hand, you can’t be too soft on
yourself or you will not hit the goals that you are aiming for. It is a careful balancing act that needs to
be monitored at all times. If your dream
is big enough, the motivation will follow.
Ability to Deal With Adversity
things will all seem to work against you.
No matter what you do everything goes wrong and even with the best of
intentions it will be hard to stay on your chosen path. Those are the times when you need to dig
deep. It is important to remember that
you are doing your best. You can only do
so much as much as you can humanly do, and then give yourself a break, readjust
your target and move forward.
Optimistic and Positive Perspective
predisposition is a great foundation to becoming an Olympic athlete. It is also the way that firm leaders truly
stand out to their team. It is much
easier to deal with every day challenges when you are naturally happy and easy
going. To keep a positive perspective is
a learning curve most of us have to go through with the help of personal
development and life experience. All the
other attributes of an Olympic mindset will help you in obtaining this
Focus on your intentions and they
become reality. Ever heard of the laws
of the universe? Sure you have and if
not, time you learn that these universal laws have a lot to do with why certain
people seem to have it all and others keep wishing for them. The ability to keep focused will serve you
well on your own quest in life.
Regardless of what it is you pursue, a focused mind set will help you
High Stress Tolerance
High set goals can be
stressful. Outer influences like family, friends, or events can put a lot of
stress on you. Stress that will make it
very hard for you to stay on course.
This is when you have to dig really deep and summon all of your other
attributes to help you stay focused.
Use your guts, strength and desire! Go for the gold!