Five Secrets To Creating A "Goal" Medal Life
The 2004 Olympics just ended in August. As always, it was
an exciting event with its dramatic twists and turns, exhilarations,
surprises, and disappointments as these great athletes performed
at their peak in front of millions, if not billions, of fans
for the glory of representing their country and possibly receiving
a gold medal.
You, too, can experience the same excitement in your life.
What are you doing now to achieve your "goal" medal?
What are you doing to realize your goals in life?
You don't need to be a world class athlete to achieve success
in life. However, you can use many of the same techniques
that these athletes use to accomplish their goals.
The following are five tips that will help you stand on the
winner's platform in life:
1. Create Passion with Goal Setting
Take time to write down the goals that excite you. Ask yourself
the following questions:
* How will I feel when I achieve these goals?
* What is keeping me from achieving these goals today?
* What are the times and dates I want to achieve these goals?
* What resources do I need to accomplish these goals?
* What is my plan B, or secondary route, to achieving these
2. Believe in Greatness
Once you have created your goals, take time to visualize your
achievements. World class athletes visualize the victory before
it happens. Take 15-30 minutes just before you go to bed or
wake up in the morning and do the following:
* Find a quiet place.
* Quiet your mind, slowing down your breathing.
* Visualize that you are already achieving whatever goal you
want to accomplish. What does it look like? How does it feel?
World class athletes prepare themselves yesterday, today,
and tomorrow for success through intense training and sacrifice.
What are you doing to prepare yourself for your success? Do
a self-analysis to find out how prepared you are today in
relationship to your goals and what resources and skills you
need to acquire to achieve your goals. What sacrifices are
you willing to make so that you can achieve your goals? If
it is a promotion, find out what skills, education, and resources
are required to obtain that position. If it is a six-figure
income, what sacrifices are you willing to make to realize
it? Less television, more education?
I always say, "If you want something bad enough, act like
you already have it." That's what champions do. They already
believe that they will win a championship, a title, a gold
medal. They have a positive, self-expecting attitude and set
the bar for others to try to aspire.
I love tennis. One of my favorite tennis players is Roger
Federer, the #1 ranked player in the world. When watching
him play, I can see he owns the court. In his quiet, yet confident
manner, he says to his opponent, "I am #1, I am the best!"
Then he goes out and wins. With his positive attitude, he
expects to win every time.
How can you apply this principle? Well, one example is if
you are a manager and want to be promoted to vice president,
act like a vice president today. That means dressing like
a vice president, making decisions like a vice president,
leading people like a vice president, etc. Also what it means
is delegating certain tasks so that you can learn the required
skills of a vice president (Read Delegate to Accelerate Success).
Do you expect to succeed at any project with which you are
3. Create a Mastermind Group
There is a saying, "A wise person learns from his own mistakes,
a wiser person learns from other people's mistakes." That
is what a mastermind group will do for you. Winning athletes
have a mastermind group so that they will make fewer mistakes
and take less time achieving their goals. A mastermind group
is an assortment of people dedicated to give you the best
advice, feedback, training, etc., so that you can achieve
your goals faster. The mastermind group also gives you encouragement
when needed. In sports, this might be a coach, a trainer,
a physical trainer, manager, and agent. In your situation
at work, it might be the following:
* A mentor that has intensive corporate knowledge and can
maneuver you around "corporate landmines"
* A human resources specialist with thorough knowledge of
skills needed for a promotion
* A manager that wants to showcase your skills to impress
* If you are thinking about or have already started a business,
it might be the following:
* Tax expert
* Business associate in non competing field
* Retired executive
* Association leaders
Note: Be very careful about whom you allow in your mastermind
group. Ask yourself, "Who can help me achieve my goals through
skills, knowledge, and honest feedback?" Honest feedback is
the key. You don't want "yes" people around you; you want
people that will give you positive feedback that will set
you back on course for success.
4. Embrace Challenges
World class athletes embrace all challenges as a way for them
to move to the next level. They have a "bring it on" attitude
and you can see it in their eyes. They realize that the spotlight
is on them and they relish it. They are bold in their actions
and are not afraid of making mistakes. If they make a mistake
or have a defeat, they "own" them. What I mean by "owning
their mistakes" is that they say, "I made the mistakes today,"
or "I didn't play to my full potential today." By taking ownership
of their mistakes they take ownership for their actions. By
taking ownership of their actions, they take ownership for
improving their performance. They take time to learn from
What challenges are waiting for you at work? How can you improve
your community by taking a leadership role? What challenges
await you at home? Face them, embrace them, learn from them,
and grow with them.
5. Don't Ever Give Up!
H. Ross Perot, the billionaire businessperson and pass presidential
candidate said the following:
"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success,
they give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from
a winning touchdown."
How many times have we seen people overcome insurmountable
odds to succeed? In sports, the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons won
the NBA championship against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers.
The underdog Villanova University basketball team won the
NCAA College Basketball championship against powerful Georgetown
There's the story of Gaston Gaudio. Many of you may be asking,
"Who is Gaston Gaudio?" Well, he is a 25-year-old tennis player
from Argentina who turned pro in 1996. During that time he
had, at best, what would be called mediocre results. Going
into February of this year, he had a losing record on the
tour. Because he wasn't winning, he barely earned enough money
to get to the next tournament. He asked friends in towns in
which he was playing if he could sleep on their floors.
He had thoughts of giving up and going back to Argentina but
he fought these off and wouldn't give up. He believed that
better things would happen. He earned a wildcard to play in
one of the four biggest tennis tournaments in the world, the
Then a funny thing happened. He started to win against the
best players in the world. He won his way into the championship
match. He was to face one of the hottest tennis players and
fellow Argentinean in Guillermo Coria, the #3 ranked player
in the world. Let's say Gaston was not expected to win, much
less be competitive.
The match started as expected with Gaston on the losing end,
0-6 and 3-6. Even the television commentators suggested that
Gaston quit playing, stop embarrassing himself against Guillermo,
and call it quits. But Gaston wouldn't give up. Guess what?
Gaston started winning games against Guillermo. He wouldn't
give up. He believed he could win more games…and he did. Then
the incredible happened…he won the French Open.
Gaston, just a month earlier didn't have enough money to stay
in hotels, took home a $1 million paycheck and the tennis
world took notice. He won because he believed, persevered,
and wouldn't give up.
Do you believe in yourself, your goals, enough to defeat any
obstacle that may get in the way of your success? Take a hard
look at your goals and say, as Gaston did, "I believe in myself
and my goals. They are worthy of my efforts. No matter what
the naysayers say, no matter what obstacles get in the way,
I will not give up!"
Start today. Apply these tips and you too can have a "goal"
Ed Sykes is a professional speaker, author, and success
coach in the areas of leadership, motivation, stress management,
customer service, and team building. You can call him at (757)
427-7032. Go to his web site, www.thesykesgrp.com,
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