The 2012 Olympics kicked off last week in London with an amazing beginning that included Queen Elizabeth jumping from a helicopter (accompanied by Daniel Craig aka James Bond) and parachuting in to the arena. Danny Boyle created excitement around the representation of the country’s history, highlighting its rise in uncertain times in an opening ceremony that will be remembered for years to come. As the parade of champions began, we witnessed athletes from over 200 nations come together in an unprecedented display of humanity. No matter what the situation in their home country, economic or political climate, each athlete represented the best of the best with overwhelming pride and passion.
In one of Michael Phelps’ interviews before the games began, he was asked what it was like starting this year on top, being the contender to make history as he went for the most gold medals. He stated, “I didn’t start the year on top. I started at the bottom and had to earn my way to London.” That got me thinking about something. We all have to work to succeed. Some work a little, most work a LOT.
Successful people have many things in common with Olympic athletes. Aside from goal-setting, determination, drive and dedication, athletes have a coach. Yes, you heard right. Here’s the question: who’s your coach? Here are a few reasons why a coach helps us succeed:
They push you to the limit…and then push more. A coach pushes you harder than you’ll push yourself. 110%? Even though 110% is technically impossible, a coach makes it happen. They’re the ones that are there on the good days, the bad days and every day in between.
A coach keeps you accountable. They’re there when you set your goals. Accountability is tough when you’re trying to do something by yourself. Tempted to veer off the path? Call your coach for a pep talk. Need a little motivation? Call your coach. Need to vent? You get the picture.
Eye on the prize. A coach keeps you focused on your goals. If you have a coach, they’ll make sure you get the job done. Correctly. The first time. Keeping their eye on the prize, they keep you focused. If you want to achieve something, tell a friend/family member/coach. Like I mentioned earlier, they’ll keep you accountable. They won’t forget (even when you wished they would.)
A coach can be a number of different people. For me, my coaches are my friends, my wife and other family members. They keep me moving forward, listen when times are tough and are helping shape me into the successful person I aspire to be. Me? I’m forever grateful for this and look for ways to pay it forward, helping others. I hope that some of the advice here at Campus to Career or via social media through Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn has helped you along your path to success.
To wrap things up, I’ll ask again: Who’s YOUR coach?
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