Why do we yell at the TV during Sunday football, telling the quarterback, “Look out! You’re about to get sacked!” or cheer “Go! Go! Go!” as the running back runs for the goal line? We cheer on our favorite teams for the same reason we are inspired by watching the Olympics. We are all athletes in our own minds, and we all carry that athletic mindset torch within us. And often, watching others do great feats of athletics helps us put ourselves out there on the field, which gets our adrenaline pumping and inspires us to do our own great things. So how can watching the Olympics inspire you to apply for that job that you’ve always wanted? How can the Olympics fire-up this athletic mindset in your day-to-day job? The BAG you’ve been carrying around your entire life is simply filled with your Beliefs, Awareness and Gratitude from the day you came into this world until right now. Olympic athletics have a very strong BAG that helped them get to the Olympics.
Your BAG can be just as strong! So, as you watch the 2012 Olympics, keen an eye on the athletes’ body language and their every move and gesture. Watch how they treat others and cheer each other on. When they miss their marks, do they give up or keep pressing on for the gold? Do they beat themselves up or pump themselves up? And even if they don’t get the gold, are they gracious to those who did? When you watch the Olympics, notice how grateful these athletes are to be there. These top performers did not get to the London games by chance or by luck. They practiced mentally and physically for years, over and over again until they could perform as if they were actually at the Olympics already. Ask yourself: “Can I do my job at work like an Olympic athlete? Can I communicate better to my employees, my managers and my peers?” Believe in yourself. See yourself perform like the athletes you watch on TV. Put the Beliefs, Awareness and Gratitude tools into everything you do. You’ve got it in you! Randy Friedman is the president of Six Points Media Group in Fort Lauderdale.