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Getting Back on the Podium


Now that the Olympics are over, what do you remember? For me it was a how hard it is to repeat as the Gold medal winner in successive Olympics. We are sure to remember Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, but what about Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin?

That got me to wondering about what makes a difference? Certainly age and competition drive our ability to compete. But I think something that is rarely noticed is that after the Olympics, star performers go back to work with someone by their side, a coach. Coaches Bob Bowman and Glen Mills have already scheduled time with their pupils to go over what went well and what could be improved. They will next go over their student’s goals and start charting a plan to get them back to the top again.

How many of us have major successes followed by recognition then the slow fade? Perhaps it’s due to lack of having a coach or an accountability partner to go over our successes in a way that allows us to move to the next success. What I have found in researching successful businesses and their leaders is that the success breeds coaching first and not the other way around. Successful people always seek coaches, while less successful people think they can’t afford one.

So the next time you have a success, think of Usain Bolt. Picture: Usian running sprints pulling a tire under the careful eye of  Coach Mills. I can hear Bob Marley in the background singing, “The fastest Mon is 31, The Fastest Mon… he ain’t done!”

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