The Rio Summer Olympics came to a close this week. Regardless of which athlete or team you rooted for or if you only watched to see athletes fall, we can still learn a lot from these incredible men and women and apply these lessons to our own lives, both personal and professional.
Obviously one of the most basic lessons is that hard work really can pay off. Set a goal for yourself and work towards achieving that goal. Many of the athletes competing in Rio devoted years to perfecting their craft. They are extremely goal driven and that’s what keeps them motivated. The lessons? Dream big. Never believe that you can’t achieve what you set your mind to achieve. And dedicate yourself to achieving your goal.
The flipside of course is that sometimes, even when you give it your all, it’s still not enough and your competition will beat you. Instead of making excuses why you didn’t succeed or blaming others, take responsibility, watch the instant replay and use the experience as a growth opportunity to help you be better the next time. As they say, when you fall (off a horse, off a bike, on the field, etc.), get back up and keep on going. Everyone faces obstacles. It’s how we react to them that shows the true test of a man/woman.
Finally, remember no person acts alone. It’s important to have a support system behind you and to let them support you. Whether it’s waiting for your score, soaking up the love of your family or relying on your team at work, remember we’re only as good as the people we surround ourselves with.