The Olympics is one of the most watched events worldwide. Why is that? There is something spectacular about seeing human potential stretched to its limits of what’s possible. Excellence in motion. And, while physical training is a key factor to success, it’s more than that. There is unusual pressure that comes from performing in front of millions of spectactors, against the best in the world, and without a do over.
It’s one shot for the gold.
Mental focus and determination separate the winners from the runners up. Intensity needs to balance with emotional inner calm, so tension and stress doesn’t compromise performance. And, as many athletes say, there is a
No wonder we’re enamored with the Olympics. Where else do you see so many vivid examples of excellence physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?
As you witness Michael Phelps pick up his 22nd medal and 18th gold, how does it inspire you?
If you’re anything like my clients, you can’t help but look at your own life as your own personal Olympics…with everyday challenges requiring you to dig a little deeper, tap into more strength, focus and perseverance and breakthrough the mental and emotional barriers keeping you in your status quo.
Several clients this week reported how the Olympics were inspiring the best from them, as they faced their own “mini-Olympics.” I certainly could relate. How about you?
What are your current Olympics? And are you stepping up to the plate with the right mental attitude — so you can “go for the GOLD” or are you cracking under the pressure of life circumstances and feeling defeated before you’ve even stepped in the ring or completed your “event.”
Each and every one of us face our own “mini Olympics” each day, testing us in various ways.
Of course, some “events” have higher degrees of difficulty. Others are faced with time pressures or fierce competition. All requires a certain level of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy.
Fortunately for us, MOST of us don’t have to “perform” in front of as many as 1 billion people, or 15% of the world’s population. That’s the estimated number of people who watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics! That may alleviate some pressure, it may also take us off the hook.
While many are embracing their lives with the same gusto as the 10,000+ Olympic athletes, others prefer to relax on the sidelines and simply observe others. After all, it is “easier” to live life in the stands, where the majority are hanging out.
Yet, EVERYTHING in life has the capacity to bring out our best — if we are willing to step up and harness the power within us and grow beyond our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual limits. In the Olympics, it may be swimming, gymnastics, ping-pong or any one of the 26 Olympics sports that test one’s human potential.
In life, the “mini-Olympics” options are endless. Some challenges we choose to take on, while others simply show up. Life-threatening illness, death of a loved one, divorce, financial crisis, debt, starting a business, caring for a handicapped child, spouse or aging parent, addiction, parenting, difficult relationships, layoffs, moving or bankruptcy can all serve as catalysts to ignite a “mini Olympics” for you. Or they can defeat us.
What is your personal Olympics, right now?
Maybe you’re in the process of transitioning a business and your challenge is balancing precious time between what currently pays the bills vs. the new business model, requiring more focus, boundaries and commitment than ever.
Are you diligently working on writing a book or launching a new blog… where you’ve got to stay disciplined at the keyboard while maximizing creativity and flow? All under a deadline.
Is it a challenging relationship that is testing your patience, love and commitment? Or are you on a quest to lose weight and get healthy once and for all?
My Personal Olympics
For me, pregnancy has served as my mini-Olympics, particularly over these past couple of weeks. I’ve been grateful for the countless Olympic athletes who have inspired me to dig a little deeper, keep my attitude in check and keep me focused on the finish line and my gold — which is two healthy babies!
My doctor has reminded me, I’m beating the odds in carrying twins to full-term (38 weeks) in good health, without mandatory bed-rest. Yet, anyone who has been pregnant knows the last few weeks can test even the best of us. And, I’m no exception.
I’ve found myself drawing upon the spirit of the Olympics to keep me going, numerous times a day!
Every time I stand up, I imagine the strength of a gymnast who has just done a double back flip trying to stand up with grace after a jolting landing. My hips like to go in and out (as happens in pregnancy), so I never know how much pain will come as I get vertical.
Since walking with 13+ pounds of babies inside me is rather taxing, even a walk to the bathroom, kitchen or mailbox can get me huffing and puffing. It’s a lot like pushing through to any finish line, with 13+ pounds of babies inside.
As those beloved Braxton Hicks contractions come on each night, I wonder if “this is it” and do my best to relax and surrender — hoping I can go a few days longer so I can meet key objectives before the babies come. As we all know first hand, life can toss us a curve ball at any time, right?
On top of all that, I was committed to launching a brand new 4-part video series weeks before our due date, which may have been a little crazy. But, just as relay teams want to give their best for their comrades and serve their country with a gold, it was important to me to serve YOU before taking a hiatus.
Of course, all while balancing my commitment to keep babies safe…as the clock continues to tick.
I share my mini-Olympics, not for your empathy, but to inspire you to identify your personal Olympics, however large or small they may seem.
All in all, it reminds me of just how much each of us are capable of, which IS considerably more than we typically think!
Whether your Olympics is building a million dollar company with a thousand moving parts — or it’s seemingly “simple” like showing up for physical therapy to heal an injury, the Olympics can inspire the best from us — if we let it.
Somehow it all comes together when we’re willing to do whatever it takes.
Are you willing to grow to new levels and go for GOLD in your life?
Since I’ve released my video series, I’ve received countless comments about how these short videos are already inspiring people to grow to new levels…and go for the gold! And of course, there is MORE to come!
Yet, one subscriber emailed me saying he WAS already doing MOST of what I talked about in Videos #1 and #2 and was hoping for something more in the next videos.
This ties together perfectly with this entire article about “Going for the Gold.”
So often in life, we’re looking for the magical ingredient to propel our lives to the next level of excellence.
In fact, MOST of what we need to master IS right before us — and we’re simply not choosing to master the basics.
It’s not what you’re doing well, but what you’re NOT giving your attention to — that makes the difference between an Olympic Gold or not.
In Olympic swimming, it’s the basics of the start, the stroke, the turns and the finish. Being willing to master EACH of these elements to the highest degree matters. And again, it’s not just about the physical actions. It’s the mental, emotional and spiritual alignment that separates Michael Phelps from any other athlete.
The distinctions I’m offering in the Secrets to Profound Peace and Soaring Success video series include the basics — while also giving you the mental, emotional and spiritual edge you need to “go for your gold.” Just like Olympic coaches give their athletes.
And doing MOST of the basics won’t cut it.
As you watch each video, acknowledge what you are doing well — and keep at it! But, even more importantly, look at what you aren’t doing — or haven’t fully mastered. Be honest.
What is your next level of growth and mastery?
Do you need to strengthen key emotional muscles, take on a new NOW Practice, commit to a new daily ritual, explore your shadow, up the level of consistent action, or otherwise challenge your “all-knowing” ego?
If you’re not at the top of your game, enjoying consistent “Gold Medal” performance in all of life’s “events,” I invite you to diga little deeper, tap into the inspiration of the Olympics, and master the basics physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Go for YOUR gold!
You’re truly capable of more. We’ll see you on YOUR podium.