The 2012 London Olympics have come to a close and what great games they were. I love the Olympic Games (both summer and winter). It is such a wonderful sight to see athletes from all over the world, standing side-by-side, overcoming language, religious or political differences for the love of their sport. There is so much to be learned from them.
Determination and hard work are always key
In a culture in which delayed gratification seems elusive for many, it is inspiring to see and hear about the hard work that each athlete engages in to get to the Olympics. It is right down admirable. So many have overcome great obstacles to get there, and are more resolute than ever.
Mindset can make all the difference
We saw it again and again. The attitude and mental state of the athletes to overcome pressure made all the difference. When Michael Phelps did not get a medal in his first meet, he did not pack his bags and go home. He got up the next day and did it all over again. He overcame disappointment and kept his attitude in check. Mindset certainly paid off!
Common goals can break down barriers
The athletes come together for a common goal, all differences aside. Whether it is on the track, in the pool, on the course or balance beam, they all have one goal. They work out their differences; they have mutual respect and clear expectations. The great majority play by the rules. The world would be a different place if we all did the same—place our differences aside for a greater good.
Regardless of nationality, their goals were very similar: They wanted to be treated fairly, play a good game and be recognized for their hard-earned talents and accomplishments. So, today in honor of the great sportsmanship shown by the world’s athletes, maybe we, too, can work toward mutual goals, keep a positive mindset and enjoy the moment. When it is all over, the journey of how we get to our goals, how present we are in the process, and who is by our side is as good as gold.
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