August 13th 2012, the day after the London Olympics. The British can be a fairly cynical lot, so it came as a surprise for many people when they found themselves uplifted and inspired by the London 2012 Olympics. In this article I want to ask what happens next and go over 3 answers…
The first answer is that nothing happens.
All those vivid examples of setting goals and working towards them lifted you up and made you consider new possibilities for a couple of weeks, yes, but in the cold light of day, things like that aren’t for you, right?
You’ll do nothing towards that goal that really means something to you, the one that you know rings your bell. Because you’ll do nothing towards it, nothing will happen, and your circumstances will stay the same as they are now.
The second answer is that you’ll keep working towards the goal you have already set.
The Olympic feel good factor will make you look at your progress, check to see if things are going ok, or whether you need to change path.
You’ll carry on working, perhaps work even harder, and you’ll carry on making forward progress. That’s superb, but it’s the third answer to my question that really gets me going, and it’s this…
The third answer is that your life changes.
You’ve seen what others can achieve by setting a goal, working out how to get there, and then putting in the work. You’ve seen them follow their passion with the ever present danger of failure that comes in their arena, which happens to be sport.
Would it be ridiculous to aim for Olympic gold in Rio? Well you might say yes, but ask the 2 British gold medallists who had not tried their sports 4 years ago!
Think of the athletes on the day after London 2012. Some will have retired, and will be making new life plans, setting new goals for themselves. Some will have got up at 4 am to train, on the 4 year path to the next Olympics.
They know where they want to be in 4 years – do you?
Will you be watching in 2016, seeing those athletes after another 4 years of work, with you being no further forward at all? Or will you decide, right now, that in 4 years time you too will have all that amount of work and progress under your belt?
The thing is, it’s a choice – and it’s *your* choice.
Don’t just accept it when someone tells you how stupid you’re being, don’t worry if people laugh at your idea.
Decide on it, believe it, act on it.
The athletes who competed in London will be fine – the huge majority of them have their next 4 years planned out ahead of them. So, don’t think of their goals, but think of what they showed you, and then think about your own goals, whatever they may be, and ask yourself – what happens next?
Ok, let me know what you think!
‘Till Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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