Olympic Inspiration

WOW…. what an Olympic games Team GB have had. Exceeding all expectations.
More medals, beating the home tally 4 years ago, medals in 19 different sports, second in the overall table and out of 366 athletes that went 129 returned with medals, including every member of the 15 strong cycling team to name but a few of the achievements. Phew…….
How inspiring is that level of success?
Listening to the interviews after the events, all the athletes were talking about some very common themes as to why they had been successful and I think there are some great lessons for us, when looking at our own businesses.

G for Goal.

One of the first obvious ones is they all had a really defined Goal. Going for GOLD. They knew what they wanted to achieve and having a clear goal for your business is crucial. If you don’t have one, then how do you know where you are heading or what consitutes success. If you don’t have a goal how do you know, when making a decision, what impact it will have on the future of your business.
Do you remember Ben Hunt-Davis and the GB Men’s Rowing Eight who won gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the then new philosophy of “ Will it make the boat go faster”. Brilliant in it’s simplicity. They thought, we have a clear Goal and every single element of what we do, in and out of the boat, is filtered through and looked at in terms of, does it help achieve the desired goal. So when you make a decision in your business, think to yourself, What is my goal & does it make the boat go faster? It seems like all of the various sports have taken to this approach in terms of preparation and the results are clear for all to see.
One of the things we spend time on at Influencers is visualising your goal. You see, your mind is drawn to your dominant thought and if you can visual that goal clearly, then the mind can’t help but to look for ways to make it happen. Many athletes spoke of how they always thought of themselves standing on that top step of the podium, with a medal around their neck, listening to the anthem and watching that flag being raised. Can you see your goal as clearly?

O for Others

In every interview there was always thanks to the other people who had helped make this happen, it is clear there is a large team of people working in the background. “I couldn’t have achieved this medal without the help of everyone in the behind the scenes. Thank you to my coach, my nutritionalist, my family, my….. etc etc”. Having a team around you giving that level of support is crucial. Whether it’s your staff, maybe strategic referral partners or even suppliers, making sure that they clearly understand what you are doing, why you are doing it and what your are trying to achieve is key. Everyone pulling in the right direction will make things so much easier. I love Dave Brailsfords, Marginal gains phlosophy. Everyone in the team looking for small changes accross the board to help towards the main goal and it’s amazing the impact on overall results. As we have seen with British cycling and all 15 members coming home with medals. (not to mention Team Sky at the moment)
At influencers we have set up Leadership circles, making sure you have a trusted team around you to support you with your goals & challenges.

L for Longevity

Time and again I have heard the athletes saying how all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears over the last 4 years had been worthwhile for this moment. A few who missed out in London 4 years back had actually been aiming for this success for 8 years. It did remind me that success just doesn’t happen overnight. There is no short cut to hardwork over the long period of time. Build success habits. Take an action, see if that action is successful and if it is then keep doing it over and over and create successful habits. Often we just keep doing things the way they have always done and then wonder why the results don’t change. It’s also so easy to get distracted, bouncing from one thing to another. When it comes to marketing, networking, building relationships, it’s all about putting in the time and effort over the long term. In business, building trust and credibility is crucial and that just takes time.

D – Determination

Things will simply go wrong along the way. We heard lots of stories of injuries, some really serious, or hurdles that knocked people off course. But the determination and vision that these athletes showed to overcome and to battle through was really inspiring and powerful. Never losing sight of the end Goal. Things don’t always go the way we plan. Situations & circumstances change or something just doesn’t work out. That shouldn’t stop us from moving forward. When things do go wrong, depending on your mindset, it’s often an opportunity for a fantastic learning experience. The business world is changing so quickly, we need to be aware of these changes and adapt to ensure we keep moving in the right direction. Having the right mindset and thinking for success is key.

G – Goal, be clear and visualise your future
O – Others, Create a great team that know how to support you
L – Longevity, Success doesn’t happen overnight, put in the time
D – Determination, Be passionate & positive, it will help you when the road gets bumpy

So how is your business looking right now?

Ready for GOLD or just making up the numbers.

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