“Only those who will risk going too far can possible find out how far one can go.”
“Go hard or go home” — that’s how a commentator described one Olympic contender’s approach to putting everything on the line in her quest for gold. After a disappointing final run, another contender said, “I skied too conservatively.”
Hold back or let go? Every day we face the same decision these athletes have to make during practice and when their Olympic moment comes. Do we go hard or do we “go home” and let our selves slide and lose the chance to do something special or big — something that we know we’re capable of, but that’s going to take lots of hard work and discipline on our part?
Recently, I have to admit, I’ve been slacking off. I’ve been almost addicted to watching the Olympics, simply because seeing all these athletes at the top of their game is so inspiring to me. Hearing their stories is inspiring as well: How some of them struggled, lost confidence, battled injuries and then somehow reignited their love of their sport and made it all the way back up to the top — to the Olympics.
But now, I’ve got to toughen myself up and take the inspiration I’ve received from all these athletes and bring it back to the page, where I belong — the place where I’m fighting for my own personal gold, my own shining moment. And the place where you’re fighting for yours, too.
Sure, sometimes we all need to take a break. But in my own case, I’ve found that it’s easy to slip out of my groove and become entranced with watching what someone else is doing, when what I should really be doing is sitting at my desk.
Above that desk I have a sign, my great friend and mentor Rob Gilbert gave me (his free Success Hotline: 973.743.4690). Here’s what the sign says: “Coach Gelston’s Only Rule: Be at the right place, at the right time, and do the right thing.” That’s simple, but it’s not easy! What techniques do you use to get yourself back on track when you get distracted? I’d love to hear what works for you! Write on!