Who in Your Life Deserves a Gold Medal?

Winning Gold

The Olympic rings must be magnetic, pulling me in every few years. Whatever the event, I’m fascinated by the competition and by the stories of the athletes. They are irresistible. The fact that the world comes together, for just a few weeks, is incredibly inspiring.

 

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable

 

If you’re a student of success, the Olympics offers an unprecedented opportunity to understand drive, determination, and discipline. Every individual has a unique story of overcoming obstacles. You don’t make it to the field without years of practice. You also don’t make it without a team of supporters.

I especially love watching the podium during the award ceremonies. As the medals are placed around the winners’ necks, and especially when the anthems are played, you glimpse the sheer joy of victory. It’s common to see tears, the emotion raw at that moment. And then, if the camera catches it right, you also see some of the others who are also part of the success. Friends, family, and coaches are beaming with pride.

 

“By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.” -Voltaire

 

Champions Behind the Scenes

As the games in Rio draw to a conclusion, I think about all of the people who help us succeed every day but never get a medal. These people are instrumental in shaping us. Maybe it’s a mom or a dad, a teacher, or a friend who is always there. You may have had a mentor or a special boss who inspired you to do more than you thought you could. If you’re as fortunate as me, it may be your spouse who deserves the Gold.

 

“The joy of leadership is helping others succeed.” –Roger Stilson

 

Why not take the time to recognize some special people? Who deserves a Gold Medal in your life? Go ahead and share this post with them. Tell their story in the comments (it’s really not that hard to leave one! You can sign up for Disqus, sign in with your social media account, or sign in as a guest) or in your social media stream.

 

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“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” –John F. Kennedy

 

“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” –Veronica Roth

100+ Quotes from Olympians for the Competitor in You

Quotes from Olympians

There are so many lessons to be learned from the Olympics: the dedication to goals, the perseverance, the hard work and determination, the grit, the fight to overcome pain and challenge to finish.

Every Olympian has a unique story worth sharing. Here are 101 quotes from Olympians to inspire you today.

You may not be competing in the next round of the games, but each of these quotes offers a motivational opportunity to fuel your own goals.

 

“The hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made.” –Gabby Douglas

 

“When you see someone win gold, you want to get out there and do the same thing.” –Andy Murray

 

“Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” –Gail Devers

 

“Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.” –Nancy Kerrigan

 

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

 

“Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” –Mary Lou Retton

 

“Being an Olympian, I always have this strong belief in excellence.” –Debi Thomas

 

 “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”–Carl Lewis

 

“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” –Serena Williams

 

“I don’t run from a challenge because I am afraid.  Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” –Nadia Comaneci

 

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.  We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” –Wilma Rudolph

 

“True heroes are made of hard work and integrity.” –Hope Solo

 

“For me, it seems to help me take the pressure off if I don’t pay attention to what other people are telling me.” –Missy Franklin

 

“Rather than focusing on the obstacle in your path, focus on the bridge over the obstacle.” –Mary Lou Retton

 

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle.” –Sanya Richards-Ross

 

“The experience of being an Olympian is one that can never be taken away from you.” –Hannah Kearney

 

“As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we’ve been given.” –Mary Lou Retton

 

“Practice creates confidence.  Confidence empowers you.” –Simone Biles

 

“I work hard, and I do good, and I’m going to enjoy myself.  I’m not going to let you restrict me.” –Usain Bolt

 

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” –Michael Jordan

 

“The world never puts a price on you higher than the one you put on yourself.” –Sonja Henie

 

“Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.” –Scott Hamilton

Winners Give Just A Little Bit More

Expend Just A Little More Effort

The Olympics offers us innumerable lessons on leadership and winning.

Watching some of my favorite competitions, I am once again reminded of the razor-thin margins that separate the top from the bottom.

 

“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” –George Augustus Moore

 

In many events, the difference between the treasured gold medal and not placing at all is nearly undetectable. A first-place finish often can be measured only by going out into the hundredth of a second. Many of us remember watching Michael Phelps win his 7th Gold medal by a finger tip. Without the power of technology, and slow motion replays, it can be questionable who won an event.

 

“You become a champion by fighting one more round.” –James Corbett

 

That fraction of a second reminds me of how winners often give just a little bit more:

  • The bodybuilder who performs just 1 more rep every practice
  • The swimmer who practices by pushing just 1 more lap
  • The sales person who wins makes just 1 more call
  • The football player who spends just 1 extra minute at practice
  • The leader who writes just 1 more thank-you note
  • The friend who pens 1 note of encouragement
  • The writer who writes 1 more page
  • The student who reads just 1 more chapter
  • The runner who pushes 1 more mile
  • The coach who coaxes her team to 1 more victory

 

Disciplined activity is what moves us into the direction of success.

 

“The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” –Thomas Edison

 

+1 Your Day Today

Consistently giving +1 to our goals is often what creates the winning edge.