I watched the Olympics for the last couple of weeks. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! There is nowhere that the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat is any more evident. I was struck by the focus and commitment the athletes have to their sport. Whether it was curling, downhill racing, figure skating or snowboarding, they were powerfully committed but able to approach it with a perspective that was admirable.
I ask if you are competitive. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but rather in the sense of enthusiasm the athletes showed. They seemed to have a positive energy about them, while at the same time a passion for winning that was amazing.
Do you have the kind of energy and focus that has the potential to reap rewards as meaningful to you as participating in the Olympics was to the athletes? Is there something in your life that draws you to compete with an energy that fulfills and strenghtens you, or do you have a tendency to go through the motions? Maybe it’s parenting, being a good partner, a great leader, or a volunteer.
It doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that it is present in your life.
Here are some ideas:
1. Set aside some time to think about what really matters; what you are passionate about.
2. Evaluate how much of your energy you commit to that – or do you get caught up in day-to-day routines?
3. Find time to invest energy in ‘that’ thing.
4. Establish a routine that drives focus and intensity.