If you are like me, you’ve spent the last two weeks watching and enjoying the Olympics.  As I watched, I heard some reoccurring themes from the announcers as they described the amazing athletes and their Olympic efforts.  The words and phrases that I heard over and over were: dedication, commitment, hard work, determination, long hours of training, sacrifice, overcoming adversity and incredible talent.     These seem to be the shared qualities that go into becoming an Olympic Champion (and I just don’t mean those who won medals, but everyone who competed).    These are also the same qualities and attributes we should all aspire to in our own lives if we too want to be successful.

If we truly want something, whether in our personal lives or in our businesses, there is going to be a certain amount of energy we need to put forth to make that something happen.  It could be wooing a potential spouse, raising our kids or making a million dollars.    The bigger the goal, the bigger the amount of effort.   For the Olympians, it was training to qualify for the team and ultimately win a medal.  Involved in that is thousands of hours of training – which isn’t easy.  You need to be committed to putting in those long hours.  There is going to be times when things go wrong or you just want to quit.  But if the goal or dream is important enough to you, you overcome whatever adversity may come your way.    In the end, only you can decide if all the time, effort and energy was worth it.  What you generally find though is “the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.”

I always say, there is really only two things you can totally control in our lives: our effort and our attitude.  If you are giving your all and doing it with a positive attitude, not much can stand in your way to being successful.  So embrace the qualities of the Olympic athletes and be an Olympian in your life!  There is only one of you, so you should be a perfect 10 every time.

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