Road to Success
Think of a top athletes like Phli Michelson, golf; KevinBoss, football; Serena Williams, tennis; Sara Ayton, British Olympic sailor. What separates them from the pack? Let’s face it, if you are in the hunt for a championship, if you are one of the top 10 in your field, you have what it takes to BE the CHAMPION. But what motivates people to actually make that happen?
Ask any Green Jacket recipient, Super Bowl ring wearer, Wimbledon Cup holder, Gold Metal wearer, what their secret of success that made the difference between being a “Hopeful” and being a winner? Their answer will undoubtedly be that it is their focus and their training off the course, field, court , water, which they couple with coaching on their “inner tools” – that 6 inches between their ears and the 18 inches to get from there to their heart.
“Inner tools” are what takes Talent and Ability and allows them to manifest the desire of winning into a Gift (T.A.G.s) to the world of sports. When Sara Ayton’s Yngling Sailing Team won their second Gold Metal, she said, “Today’s victory was confirmation of the team’s belief in themselves. “When we crossed the line, the three of us just looked at one another. I can’t describe the feeling, because you just know that you’re the best in the whole world at what you do,” she said.
Knowing that there was more to golf than the driving range, I used an inner focused approach to improve my game. When I lived up in the Adirondack Mts in the early 90s, in our small community of Indian Lake of 1500 people, we had no traffic lights, but we did have two 9 hole golf courses. I played in the Women’s and Couples Leagues each week . Wanting to improve my handicap, I bought a four string dulcimer. I knew that if each day I could play one song through without a mistake, I would have the inner focus needed to improve my score. Dulcimer….golf…..? Hmm. Well, within a month, my handicap dropped 7 points and I was runner-up in the Women’s Golf Championship.
As a business person eying success, it would serve you best, to focus ON your business and not IN your business. What do I mean by this? Look at the Fed-Ex logo. It’s a good example of “where you focus is what you see”. If you focus only on the words, you just see “Fed Ex” – rather like focusing IN the business. If you look for the message within the words, you will see the arrow created by the E and the X. That is comparable to focusing ON your business and defining your message to point to your success.
It is often said that what you do outside the day-to-day operation of your business is what effects your bottom line most. Vince Lombardi, for whom the Super Bowl Trophy is named, did not have the most winning seasons in history by having his teams play more football games. Instead he used strategic planning on the field and inner coaching off the field. His quarterbacks kept their eye on the ball by having a strong inner game for winning.
To gather more inner focus tools for your success, see T.A.G. as A Success Strategy.