Looking at London
Have you been watching the 2012 Olympics from London? Are you trying to avoid all spoilers during the daytime on ESPN and social media so the prime time coverage is both thrilling and surprising?
Don’t you just love some of the stories that always come out of these games that bring the best athletes in the world together to compete?
Have you been cheering for Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte or Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky in the pool? How about Gabby Douglas and her women’s gymnastics team? Will you be proud if the men’s basketball “dream team” brings home the gold?
Maybe you’re not from the US and you’re rooting for your home country just as passionately and that’s cool too. There’s over 200 countries represented so my guess is you have at least one horse in the race.
I think there are some amazing stories of people stepping up to earn their own gold medal – even if, on paper, they have no chance. Did anyone really think Nigeria would have a chance to beat LeBron James and his all-star basketball teammates? They lost by 83 points and then immediately afterwards were asking the NBA players for autographs as they smiled and hugged each other. They made it to London and weren’t going to let a lopsided loss to a better team ruin their experience. They will never be that close to greatness again. Certainly not in the athletic sense of the word.
Have you been watching track and field or swimming and seen those competitors who are more than a lap behind the eventual winners?
Did they just stop and get out of the pool or off the track, hang their heads and go home? No way!
They trained for the last several years (some even more than that) to have their chance at success. As small as it may be for some of these people, all they asked for was a chance.
The Gold Standard
Let me ask you this as you kick off your week:
If you knew that, in four years, you would be considered the absolute best Realtor (or manager, lender, spouse, parent, friend, etc.) in your area, would you be willing to work hard today( and every day between now and then) and do what it took to do it?
This would mean that you would have to put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to being the best you could be, even when you didn’t feel like it. You might have to sacrifice personal interests and hobbies and possibly avoid “hanging out with friends” until your competition days were behind you. You wouldn’t be able to be satisfied with good. “Good” won’t even get you in the door. You have to strive for great and the distance between good and great is bigger than you ever imagined.
Imagine four years from now you standing on the podium with a gold medal around your neck.
You could do it…but you have to start your training today.
Trust me when I tell you this; one of your competitors has already been up working for two hours today. They want your gold medal.
Are You In?
Who are you going to call today? How many clients will you follow up with? Is there something you could be doing today that you didn’t do yesterday? What needs to happen?
If you’re truly committed to your success, today and four years from now, start by building relationships, solving problems and having fun.
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Photo Credit: Colin Smith via Creative Commons