How to Have an Olympic Attitude

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Olympic fever is upon us again – the glory and the agony of defeat. For the last two weeks we have been exposed to the top athletes in the world – who have overcome enormous obstacles and the same excuses that keep the rest of the world in mediocrity and see sports as something to watch other people do on TV.

For me, the best part of the Olympics is not the races, or the performances – it is the athlete profiles that tell their stories, the hurdles they have overcome, the hard work, the things they have given up to reach their peak. My daughter has just made the competitive gymnastics team and even at this early age she is already having to make sacrifices. Instead of going to the winter carnival or birthday parties she goes to gymnastics practice. But as long as she loves it I will let her continue. The athletes and even their families have made sacrifices like this for years before reaching the Olympics.

Unfortunately the challenges don’t end once the competition begins. Canadian Figure skater Joannie Rochette was a stunning example of a true Olympic champion overcoming adversity, whether she wins a medal or not. Joannie performed her short program flawlessly several days after her mother died of a heart attack.

As a business owner, we don’t get medals, we don’t get two weeks in the spotlight every four years but we can learn from these amazing people and apply it to our own lives and business.

1. You WILL have challenges, stop complaining about it and keep your eye on your goal. It is what you DO when confronted with them that will make or break your business. When you encounter a challenge set a time limit of how long you are going to complain about it (the shorter the better) and then do something to change yourself to a positive state and take ACTION towards your goal.

2. You have to have a strong enough why and a clear enough goal to be able to keep going when the going gets tough. You need to look at this daily.

3. You can’t do it all alone. As the Olympic athletes know, they can’t do it alone, they surround themselves with positive people who believe in them and also are able to give them honest coaching without being dream killers. Get help from experts and use their knowledge to cut your learning curve. Get a coach to hold you accountable to your goals and keep you from making excuses.

Just like Olympians, as you are more focused on your goals and are successful, more and more opportunities will come your way.

* Since writing this article Joannie Rochette won the bronze medal and the Terry Fox award for courage.

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