In honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics, my post today is about a great story the Master Instructor told a few weeks back. (A little background on him. He's a 4-time U.S. National Champion and was a member of the US Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Program, which means he had the opportunity to train with the best athletes and coaches in the world.) The story goes as follows, as told by our Master Instructor about his coach.
The morning after watching an Olympic track event, Coach was walking on the beach. He saw the athlete who had won the gold medal in his race the night before; it was 6:00 AM, and the athlete was out for a run. Coach asked him what he was doing out so early, and the athlete's response was simple: "Training for the next Olympics."
A couple of lessons here, for athletes and leaders alike:
- Stay sharp
- Stay focused, don't get distracted, keep your eye on the goal
- Know your purpose
- Be self-disciplined
- No excuses
- Never stop, never give up
- Never rest on your laurels
- Never be satisfied
- Always strive to improve
- Do the unexpected
- Make sacrifices
- Keep on training
No one ever said this was easy. The journey continues...
“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” ~Mark Twain
Update: Thank you @gostonemantel for the reminder: celebrate your success! Definitely take a moment to take in everything that you've achieved, thank those around you who have helped you reach your goals, and recognize those who have been instrumental in your success.