An Olympic 100m sprinter spends 4 years of their life preparing for a 9-10 second window to win a gold medal. Every thing they do, all of their hard work comes down to that tiny little window. They are masters of putting themselves in an opportunity to win.
In our lives, our window for success aren’t as small as an Olympic sprinter but the lesson still applies. Highly successful people spend a lot of their time preparing to win.
As an outsider, this person may appear “lucky” but truly successful people know that success comes by spending years working on yourself to be ready for the opportunity and to create those opportunities.
Will you have the confidence to start that business you think will work?
Will you risk embarrassing yourself in front of others by asking out the person of your dreams?
Will you have made the right connections to get your foot in the door for that big sales opportunity?
Every moment of your life, you are preparing yourself, for better or worse, for opportunities. If you take shortcuts, don’t follow through, don’t have discipline in one area of your life, odds are it will flow to other areas of your life.
I should know! My lack of discipline with healthy eating has not only stalled my weight loss efforts but I recently noticed it in appearing in my social and professional life.
What I realized is I need to attack every area of my life with the same passion, purpose, confidence and determination that I would for a big opportunity.
The reality is many of people are not ready for huge success, yet! The key is to start building your small successes that will lead to greater successes.
One of my good friends and colleagues just finished his first race. He went from not being able to run more than a quarter-mile and weighing over 360lbs to weighing 290lbs and running a 3.2 mile race. He had a lot of small successes that are building into bigger ones!
As you evaluate yourself and where you want to go in life, think about the skills, traits, behaviors you need to develop or acquire to make that happen. What things to you need to do to put yourself in a position to win?
If you’re not getting those opportunities now or you’re not executing on them, then odds are you need to spend more time putting yourself in a position to win.