The Olympic Games in London are upon us and it makes for great theater. Competitors of all skill levels have one attribute in common – dedication. Each of them has devoted countless hours, tireless effort and made significant sacrifices to pursue their dream. Win or lose, they have accomplished a feat few people have – to compete at the highest level in their chose field. Now translate this same concept to your world. While the equivalent of the Olympic games may not exist in the same form, that shouldn’t deter any of us from being single purposed in achieving our potential. Throughout my career, I’ve observed my share of professionals who stopped short and chose to live life less than what was possible, and it was heartbreaking. On the other hand, I’ve also seen a number of people who recognize that dedication is the hallmark of those who perform at the highest level, regardless whether in a sport where you wear a jersey or serving in an organization. Dedication isn’t about obsession, though at times that can help, but is about activating a high level of self awareness and aggressively pursuing a plan of action to remedy deficiencies and accelerate strengths; the convergence of talent and choice. A powerful and practical workout plan is a must. You can’t just show up to the workplace, turn off your brain, offer another in a series of predictable responses to the same old questions and expect to make a difference. To pursue your potential requires a steady diet of learning, challenging your assumptions, living in the discomfort zone and loving it – the sweat, the contemplations, the pure joy of growing. Remember, growth and comfort can’t coexist so let’s continue our journey to get better all the time. By the way the photo is of Brady Ellison, #1 ranked archer in the world and Olympic competitor, who hails from where I live – Glendale, Arizona.
Are you an Olympic caliber Performer?