Road to Success – Goals revisited

There is no greater inspiration and model for success than that shown by the athletes of the Olympics and London 2012.  It spoke to the power of dreams and no one said it better than the oldest living Olympian, 98 year old Sandor Tarics who participated in the 1936 Berlin games. The Olympics has taught him that in life you must always have a dream, a direction you want to go. Without it you are like a ship without a rudder. He said if you don’t succeed, change the dream, (modify it) don’t let circumstances beat you, don’t give up.

Indeed many dreams did come true at the London 2012 Olympics. Usain Bolt had a dream to become a legend. We may argue about whether or not he is a legend, but he had some specific goals and he did achieve them. He became double gold medal winner in the 100 and 200 meter sprint events.

The Olympics gaves up a good opportunity to look at how we set goals the SMART way. Goals that are SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT AND TIME SENSITIVE

Going back to Usain”s goals;

They were:

 Specific – to win double goal medals

Measurable- he definitely took note when he lost to Yohan Blake and made the adjustments to get back on track

Attainable– It was definitely within his reach. He did not set goals for new world records just to win again.( He already has the record).

Relevant– Most definitely. He needed that to be at the top of his athletic career.

Time sensitive – Yes London Olympics 2012

Then as if to confirm  what I have observed, comes Shelly Ann Fraser- Price stating that she has achieve 3 0f her 5 goals for 2012:

1. Defending her Olympic Gold in 100m

2. Become  Diamond League Champion in 100m.

3. Be the fastest woman in the world (10.70sec)

Once again SMART goals st work.

At the end of the games came the call to the youth of the world to prepare to assemble again in 2016 in Rio. As the youth of the world begin to dream of Olympic glory and set new SMART goals, let us revisit our dreams, make adjustments if we need to, set some SMART goals for our selves.


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