The path to the Olympics is quite possibly one of the most grueling experiences any human being can ever imagine. Last night as my husband and I were witnessing the greatness of the USA Women’s Gymnastics Team take the arena by storm I looked over at him and said “What makes a 7 year old girl decide that she’s going to become an Olympic gymnast and pulverize her body in the process?”
I doubt if any of those young women woke up one day shouting to the rooftops that they wanted to:
- Leave their hometown to be coached by the top expert in the field of gymnastics
- Get a couple of surgeries along the way
- Ice my entire body every day
- Practice 6-8 hours a day
- Sacrifice my entire childhood
- Suffer stress fractures, broken bones, sprained ankles, massive bruises and a concussion here and there
- Go after the impossible of being one of two people from my entire country to compete for the all around in the Olympics
- Be under a microscope as the country watches my every success and failure and then talk about it for years to come
Nope, I doubt if any of those scenarios, those soon to be realities ever crossed their minds when they signed up to one day become an Olympic Gymnast. Instead, I bet they thought about setting and reaching a goal, pushing their bodies to an extreme level, going for GOLD, being successful in their chosen sport, competing and winning, doing what they love, living out their true purpose, being a teammate, playing to their strengths, being a voice for little girls all over the world who don’t have a choice and inspiring others to go after their dreams.
Many of the families of these young women have gone entirely broke just to pay for their child to have the most elite training in the world, giving them the opportunity to one day compete in the Olympics. Some of you may think that when any athlete “makes it” or walks away a winner it boils down to plain old luck. I say that luck is the intersection of massive preparation and an opportunity to put that preparation to the test. When you read about or encounter some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the history of the world, they were entirely broke (financially, emotionally, mentally) at one time, but they kept putting in the work, the preparation and the repetition until one day, they created their own opportunities to change the world.
As you watch the Olympics over the next two weeks, I challenge you to think about how you can relate yourself as an entrepreneur to an Olympic level athlete.
The first step in moving forward with your business is to identify and get really clear on your purpose. To help you with that, answer the following questions:
1. Why are you willing to go broke for your business?
2. Why are you willing to go for broke in your business? (yes, that’s a different question than #1)
3. If you can make a change in the world, what would that change be?
4. What brings you incredible joy?
5. What brings you to a level of frustration?
By answering these questions, you can better determine your core values, beliefs, purpose and personality.
We don't always end up doing what we think we should do, we end up doing what we've been called to do, what we've been built to do.
You can read more about getting clear with your purpose by downloading my 3 P’s to Success report where I dive into identifying your purpose, developing your plan and creating a space of positivity at www.reachteachinspire.com
Megan Huber, CPC