What does it take to be a gold medalist in the Olympics? Each athlete has to have the highest level of dedication, work-ethic, will to succeed, and the humble ability to be coachable. When thinking about each of these key traits, I asked myself a question. If each person applied the Olympic training approach to their career on a daily basis, why couldn’t the outcome be greatness in their own field?
Steve Bamel, the strength and conditioning coordinator for U.S. Olympics said, “To make sure they hit their targets, athletes training at one of the U.S. Olympic Training Center’s facilities also frequently meet with a team, usually including a nutritionist, exercise physiologist, sports medicine specialist and coach–to discuss their strengths and weaknesses and accordingly tweak their diets, overloading and recovery techniques. If, say, an athlete’s body composition doesn’t measure up to standard, more fitness sessions will be added to their schedule.”
Each athlete’s ability to find weaknesses and turn them into strengths is crucial to their success. I believe this is something that is missing in many workplaces. It’s okay to look for areas of improvement and either find a way to improve or explore a different area that allows you to excel. Each athlete humbly accepts council from their team of coaches and turn that advice into future challenges.
If we set goals in our career and devise a realistic way of meeting them, the road to success will be easily traveled. I encourage anyone watching this year’s winter Olympics to understand that these athletes are regular people like you and I, and they found a way to achieve greatness in their field. The same is possible for your career. Just find an approach that works for you and stay dedicated.