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Embrace the Olympic spirit in your personal pursuits

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. July 18, 2012

The start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London presents each of us with a wonderful opportunity to see superb athletes from around the world.

Although we aren't Olympic athletes, we can learn from them and apply the lessons to our somewhat pedestrian lives.

What makes a world-class athlete?

  • Clarity of focus. The best never lose sight of the goal. The event is circled on the calendar. As the countdown begins, all activities are directed toward that date.
  • Tunnel vision. This means having the courage not to accept an engagement or even respond to an email that doesn't advance the goal.
  • Intense commitment. Distractions must be eliminated. That includes cutting back on nonessential obligations. It also means having the discipline to walk away from people who are negative and unsupportive.

This isn't a recipe for a gold medal, but it is good advice for positioning yourself to be the very best that you can be. It all starts with having a goal and visualizing how you will reach it.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Jul. 18, 2012