“The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition.” -Stanley Ralph Ross
This is why we love the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad. We admire the athletes’ dedication, endurance and physical prowess. We celebrate heroic feats with cheers and fist pumps. The excitement is contagious! The Olympics represent what it means to be the best; to be a winner. Although the goal is to stand on stage sporting a shiny medal, every competitor is a winner simply for showing up. The same is true in the game of life. Kellog’s “From Great Starts Come Great Things” Olympic campaign beautifully illustrates that there can be no destination without a beginning.
Olympians train to be the best in their athletic activity. The rest of us train for the most important event of all – life. It’s hard. Everyone struggles with challenges, disappointment, doubt. So, what sets Olympians apart from the rest of the pack? They play the game and stay in it – no matter what. They meet challenges head on, go through them, and never give up! They keep their eyes on the prize. They stay in the zone. They train consistently; repeating and perfecting routines until the impossible becomes possible. The pay-off for hard work is huge. They win medals. They make history. Gabby Douglas, who became the first African-American woman to win the all-around gymnastics gold, said:
“Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears.”
We can copy our favorite champions by practicing the determination, drive and passion it takes to win. Here’s what you need to walk like an Olympian and win the game of life:
3. Intention to succeed
Commit to playing the game. Commit to achieving your goals. Focus on what you want to accomplish. Keep doing whatever it takes to cross the finish line. Have an intention to succeed. Believe in yourself. Believe in your abilities. Keep knocking on doors until one opens. Don’t give up! Train yourself to win. Shine in the spotlight. Center stage is waiting.