Teammates, if you haven't figured it out by now, the Olympics FIRE ME UP! I happen to be a snow nut, so the winter games add additional fuel to my Fire -- but what gets my fire stoked in the first place is what the Olympics remind me of every time I watch them -- that is, what I call the Olympic Fundamentals.
Olympic Fundamental #1 -- You're only as good as your Olympic Support team!
Very few of us will ever be an Olympian, but the fundamentals of becoming an Olympian can be used by anyone. They have universal application and when employed can take us to our own Olympic podium in life. These are fundamental rules of success, whether you're on a quest to participate in the Olympics or play in an orchestra -- the fundamental rules don't change, your goals do. Listen to how Miracle on Ice coach Herb Brooks (pictured above) said it, "This team isn't talented enough to win on talent alone," but his last words were, "This is your moment. You're meant to be here." Of course, not all goals are created equal. Some can be obtained within days, others months and the really big hairy scary ones can take years...much like the years of commitment required to become an Olympian.
The bigger the goal, the more important your support team is. My new favorite Olympian, Alexandre Bilodeau (Canada's first winter game gold medal winner on Canadian soil) said it best moments after winning the Men's Moguls event: "An Olympian is only as good as his support team, and mine was perfect." What he's saying is that couldn't have achieved his goal without a whole bunch of others supporting him throughout his journey. He listed his parents, his brother, his coaches, his teammates, and even all the people of Canada! Imagine that for a second -- seriously -- imagine if you had an entire country's worth of support behind you in your quest to be the best...now, ask yourself, if you had this support, what would your goal be? (Once you have an honest answer, give yourself some time to think about going after that goal, because deep down inside you, there's big hairy scary goal waiting for you -- you've just got to unlock the chains of fear to get it out and GO FOR IT!)
As you watch these Olympics, know that every single one of these Olympians has Olympic-size Support behind them -- and they've been with them for a very long time. Whether you're in a SEAL Team, on a swim team or vying for the Olympic Team, you're only as good as your support team. This, my friends, is what I consider the first Olympic Fundamental. Once you've created your Olympic-sized goal, take time to honestly evaluate your support teammates -- you're looking for honesty, undying encouragement, can-do attitude, and above all else, people that believe in you, even when you don't believe in yourself. Find the right support team, and you'll be a force to be reckoned with on your quest for gold!
CHARLIE MIKE -- ALDEN
Here are my other four Olympic Fundamentals:
Olympic Fundamental #2 -- You've gotta Believe to Achieve!
Olympic Fundamental #3 -- To be the Best, you must first learn to do your Best!
Olympic Fundamental #4 -- Learn smarter ways to work, Then work even Harder!
Olympic Fundamental #5 -- Compete but make sure you also Complete!
Alden Mills, creator of the Perfect Pushup, is CEO of Perfect Fitness, based in CA. Massachusetts born, Alden went to the Naval Academy where he went on to become a Navy SEAL. After retiring in 2000, he earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. His ultimate mission is to inspire everyone to pursue their own dreams. For more from Alden, check out www.perfectonline.com.