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Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From Olympians

28 Jul 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous

At the time of writing this blog, the 2021 Olympics are currently in full swing in Tokyo. It is an exciting time of competition, dedication, and patriotism. There is something so electric about watching these athletes compete in their chosen fields, at the height of their prowess, and under our country’s flag.

  1. Be your best self. When these Olympians step up to compete in their fields, they are all truly bringing their A game to the table. The have dedicated their lives to preparing for this exact moment, and you better believe they have done everything in their power to be completely ready. We can do the same in our lives for whatever challenges present themselves to us. Train, practice, and prepare so that when you are called upon to rise to the challenge, you are completely ready to do so.
  2. Be a team player. We are sure you are familiar with the old saying “There is no I in team.” This is true for leadership as well. Even the Olympians who compete in individual sports have a whole team who have supported them, backed them, and helped them get to where they are today. Remember this when you are in a leadership position and it feels like it is all on your shoulders. There are people around you who can help, and who probably want to help. Use your resources and rely on the people who can support you and help you be a better leader.
  3. Put in the work. Show up. Showing up can be the hardest part of just about anything- be relentless in your commitment to showing up. Take the time needed for whatever task you’re faced with and put. in. the. work. It won’t always be easy, but leaders put in the work when necessary and don’t cut corners. We’re sure that Olympians are not cutting any corners in their training and that is what has propelled them to the top of their fields.
  4. Keep your eyes on the prize. Everyone will experience setbacks at some point in their career. But, just like Olympic athletes do, dusting yourself off and recovering as best as you can is what counts. Remember what you are working for, and towards, and what set you on this path in the first place. Hold this passion, and the fire in your stomach that propelled you to this point, close to your heart. When you have trials or setbacks, tap into this passion.
  5. Not being okay is okay. Simone Biles recently set THE example for this. While we live in a world that values physical output, none of that is possible without our mental health being in order. Taking care of your mental health can be just as important as your physical health. And, if you need a breather, do not be afraid to step away. 
  6. Stay hydrated. This one is pretty simple. As humans, our bodies are 60% water. Drink more water!

The Olympics are an exciting time, and we are thrilled to see all of these talented athletes getting to compete after the delay caused by COVID. Have you been watching the Olympics? What is your favorite sport to watch? Let us know on our social!

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