how the olympics can motivate you at work

If watching the Olympic Games doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. First and foremost, I am so inspired to get back in the gym (did you see the beach volleyball chicks??), but even more inspired to get back to work and crush every assignment that crosses my desk. I’m on vacation this week and the downtime has been so invigorating. Some R&R is exactly what I needed to recharge my battery. I’m proud to say I’ve checked email less than fives times since Sunday.

So, back to these Olympians/freaks of nature. Their bods are so incredibly lean, and as mentioned, my 5 a.m. spin sessions will commence as soon as I’m back home. But I must say, if these extraordinary people (e.g. Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, and Katie Ladecky)can plan, prepare, train, and commit to their goal for four years, you can make it through a manic Monday. They’re making no excuses and keep their eye on the prize for four years, or longer depending on their age (16 year olds show up to this thing and kill it). Some may have screwed up in London and left saying, “We will win in Rio“… in 2016!! Loss, nor heartache, nor a very extended timeline is getting them down. Their hunger, passion, dedication, and commitment to greatness is just insane. It’s physical and mental, so ten times harder than your desk job. If you can emulate even an ounce of their drive in your non-Olympic job, you will undoubtedly be successful. And when things get stressful for you, surf YouTube for some Olympic inspiration. If Michael Phelps can be Michael Phelps (unclear if he’s actually human), then you can be Sarah, Executive Assistant Extraordinaire.

I also love to hear the commentators give their play-by-play of every move. I caught some of the women’s rowing and their words can literally be translated into a career coaching session. “They just keep pushing and following through. They’re keeping their patience, but don’t wait for missed opportunities. She’s not losing focus. She’s keep her gaze straight ahead.” These are all behaviors we can mimic in reaching for our own personal and career goals. Even if it takes four years to get there and you leave with bronze, that’s still pretty freakin’ good. You are among the greatest.


Why is he so fine?


My biggest takeaways from watching the 2016 Olympic Games are 1). mindset is everything and 2.) commit to your craft.

  1. Mindset: Get your goal in your head, and do not waiver. A promotion, launching your own business, learning a new skill – put that goal front and center internally. Keep your goal in mind with every decision you make and ask yourself, “Will this help me reach X?” Let the answer always be a resounding “yes!” But that’s the easy part. You must also retrain your thoughts to believe that your goal is achievable, and do not let negativity enter your mind. Believe that you are great and that you will become even greater with time and with training. Trust that the universe will deliver with the right people and the right opportunities who can take you to the next level because self-doubt is sabotaging. Learn to tell the devil, “F-U,” when he creeps into your spirit with lies that say you’re not good enough. You are good enough, so allow your mind to believe that you can be whatever the frick you wanna be!
  2. Practice: These Olympic athletes literally train their entire lives in hopes of competing at the Olympic Games. Every day is dedicated to becoming better. Devote some time every day to perfecting your craft, whatever that may be. HR, teaching, sales, law, whatever. Crush your day-to-day tasks, but also spend time learning how you can become better at your trade. Read books, research journals, and blogs; sign up for a webinar or seminar; watch YouTube videos; join trade associations; and consult with mentors and experts in your field. You might already be good at what you do, but there is always room for improvement. “Train” everyday to become better and to go for gold. Team #girlboss.


A former hot mess bringing you no-nonsense career advice. I've been hired, fired, demoted, and disrespected; and it was entirely my fault. I've made every possible professional mistake and want you to learn from my screw ups, so you can have the career of your freakin' dreams.

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