The past week’s Olympics production got me thinking.  Mainly about the dedication, strength, determination and stamina exhibited by the athletes (and on a side note, how I’d like to visit London again at some point in the future).

Now I wasn’t necessarily excited about watching the games, but found myself with some downtime and tuned in to the volleyball and track competitions. I was so impressed by such ability and spirited athleticism on display. The winners were humble while basking with their medals of victory, the ultimate get.

What a feeling! The lesson linker in me thought; how can these traits be applied with the same intensity to other areas of our lives?

As we are all aware of, the volatility of our economy combined with recent acts of violence, have put us in search of more winning and positive moments. Sometimes it’s up to us to create them for hope and sanity reasons.

So my question flood continued with more wondering. Can we each be a champion in our own right? Wouldn’t it be great if our colleagues, kids, family or community saw us as such?  And we in turn them? How do we find our gold medals of talent?

I’m of the belief that we all have gifts and coupled with our wits, such talents can make us a winner in our endeavors. Many people operate successful businesses based on their talents. Or contribute their best to an employer using their strengths. From culinary, leadership, financial or construction, everyday champions provide us services in these areas. The goal is to make whatever your bestowed gifts real, daily and useful.

Back to the stories of the Olympic athletes and what got them there. Here are 7 helpful pieces I gleaned from the broadcast accounts of their lives.

  1. Recognize – Many of the athletes showed signs of ability in their chosen feat early on in life. Starting with a passion, necessity or exposure, it then magnified. Think about what you’ve most      always liked to do or be or see. Run, hit, speak, write, organize, or travel, the wealth of our gifts is deep and wide. Explore yours.
  2. Visualize – Either they, a parent or sponsor saw a larger dream for utilizing this gift of theirs. Be open to the signs to turn your assets into successes.
  3. Prepare – They have to think about how an Olympic status could happen for them. We hear stories of athletes leaving home in order to get the resources needed to achieve their goal. Start to plan for      what it’ll take for your champion voyage— time, money, education and other necessities. Then set goals with the specific action steps.
  4. Focus – The fervor of the desire to be an Olympian is evident in the athlete’s faces. Answer constantly the question, How much do I want this? From a promotion, stellar employee, new      client or venture, what’s driving your motion?
  5. Train – The role of coaches to the competitive lives of these athletes is phenomenal. Details make a difference. Repetition brings a measure of finesse. Hone your craft by being open to learning and      loads of practice. Leaders, parents, workers, all roles require instruction and observation.
  6. Accept – They realize this feat is part of their purpose. And not one that comes easily, that’s the norm. Wins and losses will also come. Next? That’s the evolution of personal growth at work.
  7. Keep Going – Many of the athletes are multiple Olympic contenders. Fueled by a competitive spirit, outdoing their personal best (and I imagine a few endorsements don’t hurt) drives them  forward. Decide to break your own record. Inspire You!
Deborah L. Parker

Deborah L. Parker

Deborah is Principal and Founder of the DPJ Training Group, which specializes in client result focused seminars on leadership, 360 assessment, diversity and communications for public and private sector audiences. She's also authored 2 books, Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey, and Life is A Review: Observations and Collections of My Passages Through the Times, released in June 2012. You can connect with her on her Member Profile, Amazon page, website, LinkedIn or Facebook.
Deborah L. Parker