As I listened to interviews with the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winners,
I noticed several themes. I’ve summed up these themes using the acronym
Perhaps we can use these in our own endeavors!
G – GRATITUDE
What are YOU grateful for?
O – OPTIMISM
Gold medal winners expressed unwavering confidence and optimism about their expectations of themselves and their performances. No surprise that they all had positive attitudes. As one of my favorite quotes says:
“If you think you can you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you’re right.
Success is a state of mind.”
L – LESSONS
Even when performances of the gold medal winners didn’t go as well as hoped, most of them shared the lessons learned. All of us have occasions when we may need to make a “note to self” on what lessons we learned that will help us do better next time. If we don’t learn from our past mistakes, we tend to repeat them!
D – DETERMINATION
This was probably the most obvious of all four of the themes. It was quite astounding to hear the stories of seemingly insurmountable obstacles that some of the gold medal winners had to overcome to get where they are now.
How badly do you want to reach those goals…and what are you willing to do about it?
Got GOLD? Gratitude, Optimism, Lessons and Determination!