What Can We Learn from Olympic Champions for Business
Shortly the Olympic Games in London comes to an end. We have seen great sport. Some great winners and much more loser. The question is what can we learn from the Olympic Champions? What have they in common and what can we learn for as business owners.
The Keys to be a Champion
As an example I take Nicola Spirig, the Swiss Olympic Champion in Triathlon. When you saw the women triathlon you maybe remember the photo finish of the race. The jury needed a couple of minutes to decide who is the Olympic Champion. Lucky for us in Switzerland it was Nicola Spirig.
After the race they showed different interviews with Nicola on TV. For her it was the third time she started at the Olympic Games. Every times she made a huge progress with the victory in London.
During the different interviews Nicola Spirig told about what made the difference in her life to be able to win the Olympics. One of the major key was her determination for the sport and to be one of the best in her discipline.
Some other keys where her discipline, the support she has in her environment, the long term planning and her will.
The Steps from Average to Champion
A long time Nicola Spirig was in middle of the field in her sport with some outbreak to the top. She believed in herself but she was not assured to win the Olympics. In the preparation for London a new trainer joined her team. Brett Sutton, her new trainer, is famous for his hard training and that he brings out the best of an athlete.
Beside the training aspect, which was improved with Sutton, he also worked hard with Nicola on her mindset. We hear often from sport that the mindset makes the difference. And this was also the break through for Nicola Spirig. He had to convince her that she not only can win a medal but that she can go for gold. At the end Nicola clear declared that she is going for gold. This is something we usually miss in athletes her in Switzerland. Swiss people usually do not declare they go for the best. It’ in our mentality but Nicola overcame this and she won the gold medal.
The Learning for Business Owners
I think one of the major learning with can take with us from the Olympic Game is that it takes hard work and persistence. In many interviews I heard winner saying that this gold medal is the payout of the years of hard work and discipline.
The same thing is in business. Especially in the home business industry. Often you work alone from home, it needs a lot of discipline, determination and persistence to succeed. You have ups and downs in a business. It’s important that you work on your mindset to break through. How many times have you heard, it’s not worth the effort, not everyone can succeed in this industry or any other negative expression. Here I can only say, take the Olympic Champions as a role model. Go for Gold.
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