July 27th 2012, and it was the Olympic Opening Ceremony. My brother was in the cast, so that’s the show I want to focus on, and the goal achievement lessons it tells us…
The show could certainly be described as an extravaganza, and it was also quirkily British, or should that be Britishly quirky?
In sport and entertainment, long time readers will know I love to go behind the scenes, focus on the people who are maybe not slap bang in the spotlight. So, my brother Glen being in the Opening Ceremony screamed out for me to write about it!
The picture above is of my brother with director Danny Boyle, I’m sure Boyle is thinking ‘how many of these fecking eejits do I have to have a picture with?’ but according to Glen he was always accommodating.
Glen has loved the Olympics longer than I have (because he’s older!) so when he saw the chance to audition for the show, he took it. It was several rounds of auditions too, not just one.
Then, once in the show, it was committing to getting to rehearsals, and hour after hour of them. Day after day, he had to sort things around him being at the rehearsals, all on public transport around a very full time job.
Then as the show approached, he asked me if I wanted to go to a dress rehearsal at the stadium – naturally I did, so it was a thrill to be able to watch him in the stadium.
July 27th – showtime! Glen’s slot lasted around 10 minutes as he strutted his stuff around a bed in the section celebrating the NHS. All that effort, time, work, commitment, led to a wonderful evening of enjoyment.
I would say it’s something to stay long in the memory, but in fact for him it will stay in the memory full stop!
This is a snap from the BBC coverage, even though he sings like a woman and screams like a little girl, neither of these are Glen. It does show the segment he was in though.
Scroll back up though, and take a closer look at the photo at the top of Glen and Danny. The goal achievement lessons are not hard to spot in Glen’s case – spot a goal you want, take action towards it, put in the work, and get there. Look behind him though…
Look at some of the other performers. There were over 10,000 of them in total, and *all* of them did the same as Glen. They all have their individual stories of arranging their lives to manage the requirements of being in the show.
Many different routes to being in the same place at the same time.
So, think of the fireworks yes, think of the spectacle of such a mass of performers yes, but then think of the individuals involved – your goal may or may not to be in the Brazil 2016 Ceremony, but whatever your goal is, think how you apply the lessons from London 2012.
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