We’re about half-way through the Summer Olympics and I just have to say how much I’m LOVING it! Not just for the entertainment value, but for the INSPIRATION!! I mean, how can you NOT be inspired?!?
I admit, I have a bit of a ‘competitive’ streak in me (used to play badminton and volleyball in high school and university and LOVED it!) but, the type of inspiration I’m talking about here goes beyond athletics. In fact, I’d argue that the lessons we’re seeing demonstrated in the games apply to ALL areas of our lives.
Physical – to state the obvious, these athletes are in peak form, and they exercise, eat and drink to ensure they stay that way
Mental/Emotional – what incredible mental STRENGTH is required to do what they do, and to bring their best game at just the right time (whether it be pacing themselves for the final match or the final 500 metres!)
Spiritual – I don’t think there can be any doubt that these champions are doing what they LOVE to do, which is a huge part of their success
Relational – When asked about the keys to their success, countless Olympians talk about their supportive parents, spouses, key coaches and mentors who have had a lasting impact on them
Financial – There is an expression: “If you do what you love, the money will follow!” I doubt this is what gets these troopers up at 4:00 a.m. day after day, but I’m so glad it turns out to be true. I mean, let’s face it, I don’t think Michael Phelps has to worry about where his retirement income will come from!
Professional – Last but not least, it is abundantly clear that top athletes treat their sport like their job – no, their CALLING! They go to ‘work’ every day, whether they feel like it or not, and they give it more than 100%.
Now, as a Wellness Coach & Consultant, I’m not suggesting that you go to the extremes of elite athletes, but I do think we’d all be well-served to approach our work – and our lives – with the same Principles of Success as these athletes:
- Condition our bodies for the task at hand – so if we sit at a desk, get up and move every little while, stretch, sit straight
- Prepare our minds – feed our minds only that which takes us closer to our goal (no more negative gossip at the water cooler)
- Determine what we REALLY love to do and are good at, then find a way to make that our work
- Ensure those closest to us know what we’re working towards and are ‘on board’
- Figure out how to monetize our passion, what we will use our money for, and how much is enough
- Do what we love…and love what we do!
I encourage you to “treat yourself” so some of the lessons our premium athletes (from whatever nation) can teach us. And see how these lessons might apply to the various areas of your life.
I’d love to hear about what’s inspiring YOU! Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, tell me, am I the ONLY one who finds this EXCITING?!?
Wishing you success in creating your own abundance,