I’ve been watching some of the Summer Olympics games. I’m always inspired by the performances of the Olympians. Their drive and commitment to excellence…perfection, even…are truly admirable.
Whether you’re an athlete, entrepreneur, employee, executive, homemaker, artist or fall in some other category, if you have dreams and ambitions, the concepts below will help fuel YOUR achievement.
True champions know their ‘end game’. They are focused and have a deep sense of what they want to do and why. It’s a priority for them. It defines them and they organize their lives around their goal.
They may have natural skills and abilities. But it’s possible, they may have developed their skills out of a decision to do so. In other words, their skills have been cultivated from years of classes, practice, coaching and hard work.
Many of the things I’m good at now are the result of developing an interest and learning everything I could about it. People who excel in certain arenas may have just been curious in the beginning. They wanted to know how things worked. They studied and continue to wonder how to become even better, faster, stronger, more adept…
To experience peak performance, one must ignore distractions and stop listening to the naysayers. Can you imagine doing your best with hundreds, thousands, millions of eyes staring at you? Excellence arises from within. Focusing your attention on the quiet part of Self who knows exactly what to do or say and how to do or say it. At some point, you have to shut down outside influences and trust that you know enough and are enough to be excellent.
Google defines courageous as ‘not deterred by danger or pain; brave’. I didn’t know Google was in the dictionary business, but I liked the expression they offered. Being undeterred is what allows champions to move forward in the face of outside obstacles and internal insecurities.
Many people, unfortunately believe confidence is a prerequisite for accomplishment. It’s not. Confidence is what arises generally after a significant, momentous event has ended. It’s often only after overcoming obstacles and confronting internal fears that one feels truly invincible (or at least, prepared) for the big event on the horizon.
I’m always moved by the celebrations of love and appreciation for team members, even rivals at times, I see as they watch each other perform. Nothing bolsters a healthy, human ego like being able to empathize and care for someone else. Bullies may make apparent progress, but (I believe) their souls are suffering and their accomplishments, hollow. As Theodore Roosevelt said “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”