With the Summer Olympics quickly approaching, there are a lot of stories about how different athletes are making their way to this prestigious event.
Some stories have to do with overcoming challenges.
And some are, well a bit more unusual…
But the point is that people do all sorts of things in pursuit of success. And like the Olympics, in any business, there is rarely one answer, solution or stopgap measure that can make a big change in your business or lead to success.
It’s more likely that you’ll need a variety of strategies to come out on top.
From Olympic athletes to elite small business owners, here are the elements that will help you pave your way to the winner’s podium:
Confidently take bold action. It’s not just athletes that need confidence to compete and win. Look at any successful person, and you’ll find they are confident. You have to believe that the actions you are taking will help you succeed. And you need to stay confident when something doesn’t go as planned.
Focus on results. Dan Kennedy says, “Ordinary people are process-focused and task-focused, but exceptional success comes from being results-focused.” Athletes look for how to shave another second off, not at what it takes to do that. Instead of getting bogged down in the details, condition yourself to focus on how to get the best results.
Create a project team. The bid committee that submits a proposal to host the Olympics could never pull off their vision on their own. And while your vision might not be anywhere near as massive as the Olympics, you don’t need to do everything yourself, nor do you need to hire permanent employees. Assemble a team of freelancers to complete projects for you. This way you pay only for the time and services you require.
Put systems in place. If you watch speed skaters, in the winter Olympics, they seem to all follow the same systematic approach. The way they shift their weight and synchronize their arm swings. One of the biggest shortcuts you can take is to put proven step-by-step systems into place that allow you to plug into a winning formula instead of having to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to do something. Plus, once it’s in place, you can really focus on how to tweak things to improve your results.
Get a coach. Have you ever heard of an athlete making it to the Olympics without a coach? Neither have I. If you want to get to the top, you need to engage in coaching that will help you get there. If you are ready to hire a coach, look for every opportunity and take your business to the next level, click here to get started with a strategy review.
Find your inspiration. Athletes are often asked who inspired them. Success stories have the power to inspire and move people to be their best. Find a business success story that inspires you. One way to do this is to read about or listen to members who’ve experienced success. You’ll find their stories inside our newsletters, during monthly calls, and at events. You might even find a story by just speaking with people one-on-one at our live events. This instills confidence that “if they can do it, so can you.”
Participate with the best. Participating in events where you are surrounded by entrepreneurs achieving great things can truly create magic. It not only inspires you, but I’ve seen many people raise their business to incredible new levels they never dreamed possible—and they credit it to that “magic something” that happens when you are surrounded by the best.
If you want to stand among the elite who are business champions, then put these elements into play as soon as possible and sooner than you can imagine, you’ll be alongside them on the winner’s podium.