Lindsey Vonn of the United States has been a favorite for multiple gold medals in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010. However, in the days leading up to the games, she suffered a very painful shin injury that cast serious doubt on her even being able to compete, much less compete effectively for a medal.
Vonn’s had real doubts that she would be well enough to compete in the Olympics. Her spirits were down but not broken. “Broken,” Vonn would not permit! She continued her perseverance undergoing vigorous medical attention and therapy on a daily basis leading up to the events. She was determined not to allow anything to convince her that she simply could not compete.
For once the weather cooperated. It was terrible with fog and rain. Practice was canceled and events were rescheduled. Vonn’s vigorous work to regain medalist form continued until she was finally ready.
She skied a brilliant run to win the gold medal in the Women’s downhill. Here she smiles during a function in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.
She continues to compete in the women’s Alpine skiing events. Though she fell Thursday on the Women’s Super Combined event, her additional medal outlook is excellent.
Businesses begin like athletes. They start with a plan which they begin to pursue. Perhaps they suffer some disappointments very early. Or they fail to see the rewards of sales as soon as they had expected. Too often they are on a good track with good execution of their plan but they too readily decide they must have been mistaken and allow the disappointments gain sway in their thinking. They accept defeat too readily ceasing their business venture.
There are several timeless lessons to be taken from the Olympics. Every athlete who reaches the Olympics must begin with a well-thought-out plan. That plan must be executed time and again adding improvements along the way. The athlete must never abandon his or her determination to succeed. Furthermore, this relentless work and unshakable determination must persist for the years of training required. The athlete must never lose sight of the goal.
The same principles should be applied in business. Perhaps the most important element is the persistent execution of a well-laid plan for long enough to reach the medal round. If the energy or determination fade, the owner will never reach the final competition. The business owner must be determined, not only to work hard and long, but to stick around for the payoff. In other words, he or she must be prepared to do whatever it takes to succeed.
© 2010 by Paul Elliott. All rights reserved worldwide.
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