On Monday evening I joined my Canadian Fencing team for our final mental toughness workshop before they compete in the Olympics. They have settled into the Village and are ready to do battle! Excitement is in the air! I’ve learned a lot about them since they hired me two and a half years ago. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Olympian? Success in any field has some common factors. I’ve come away with five lessons that we can emulate to be an Olympian in our own career!
I’ve been riding my bike 10 miles before 6:30 am on most days (thank you, COVID!) Yesterday morning, I admired a blazing, almost-full Halloween moon setting in the west. My breath turned to steam in the sub-freezing temps as I pedaled furiously down dark bumpy streets, ruminating upon the next steps for Team America.
My fellow Americans… We don’t hear that much anymore, do we? When you look at your neighbors, do you see fellow Americans? Or do you see an enemy? Are you distributing the Ultimate Loser litmus test? (Who did you vote for in 2016 and who are you voting for in 2020?) I am a consultant that builds winning teams, and I have a proposition for you. This is something I have wanted to do for the longest time. I only hope it’s not too late.
I decided to create a work of fiction, based on current events on Earth and beyond, founded in a creative thought I had while riding my bike yesterday morning. I also wanted to consider what my work and purpose might look like when viewed from a distance. Am I doing the right things and are they enough? I hope so.
Here’s a question for you. What if, over this next week, you kept track of how many times you felt fear. Just a simple list on a piece of paper, stating what you were afraid of, why, and what you did about it. And then, at the end of the week, you reviewed your list and crossed off the fears that failed to come to fruition. How many remain? If we tracked our fears like we tracked the number of steps we walk each day, I wonder what we, as collective members of society, would learn.