Now that the London Olympics are officially over its time to reflect on some of the incredible athletic performances on the planet. Millions of people tuned in for 19 days top athletes under some of the most pressurized situations imaginable. Outside of the athletic feats that were accoumplished there were some great stories told, and even more valuable lessons to be learned. Below are my 8 take aways from our U.S athletes that can be applied in the business world.
SACRIFICE – Gabby Douglas sacrificed time with her family and friends to go after her dreams. “You have hard days in the gym and ask, ‘Is this really worth it?’ And when you’re standing on the podium, you say, ‘Wow, this really was.'”
SUPPORT There are many different types of support but the best kind will always be honest with you rather you life it or not, will pick you up and push you in your darkest moments and be the first ones there to celebrate in the brightest moments.
FOCUS Tony Robbins says it best, “one reason so few of us achieve what we really want, is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power . Most people dabble their way thru life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
Kim Rhode set an Olympic record, missing only once in 100 shots, and became the first American with individual medals in fives straight Olympics.
The U.S Women’s 4×100 track and field team not only finished the race without being disqualified for the first time in the last 3 olympics but they won the gold medal in world record time. The record that some people thought would never be broken especially after all the recent hiccups when it counted most. The lights haven’t shined brighter than they did at this years olympics while the replays of past years mishaps were being played on loop in the media. The pressure was on them to perform, the sprints have belonged to the sprinters of Jamaica in recent years. The Ladies gathered before the race got focused took then the runners took their mark. Every exchange was under the microscope and on that last and final exchange there was nothing left to do but win and win they did.
COMMITMENT- Is it in you? If it is then you will face the adversity and come out better on the other side. Sacrifice will take on a whole new meaning. You will surround yourself with a strong support system and team. You will set goals and Focus on achieving them no matter what. When you have commitment you will take the daily actions needed to create the right habits.
U.S Women’s Basketball Team have won 5 consecutive gold medals that is more consecutive gold medals in any one sport by a women’s team. They’re committed therefore they dominate.
INFLUENCE and ASSOCIATION- Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed. You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?
Misty May and Kerri Walsh have been partners for 11 years. The two split after winning their second consecutive gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. After both took time off, each returned with separate partners. However something didn’t feel quite right and in 2011, they decided to reunite for one last Olympic run. They weren’t favored to win Gold Coming in even though they were the 2 time champs and were nursing an unbelievable match streak (finished olympics with a match record of 43-1 and having never lost a set in olympic competition). The now have one of the most famous monikers in the world simply know as Misty and Kerri
- 10 Career Lessons We Can Learn from the Olympics (onlinecollege.org)