Usain’s great lesson about small things making a big difference
By Donovan Grant
“My coach said ‘stop worrying about the start because the best part of your race is the end’. It worked. I said it on the track. People can talk, but when it comes to championships it is all about business for me and I brought it. It was wonderful. I knew the crowd would be like this. I can feel that energy.” ~ Usain Bolt
Did you witness Olympic Champion Usain Bolt retain his title as the fastest man on the planet? It was amazing!
The race was described as the fastest 100 metres ever with seven men all finishing in less than 10 seconds. The photo of Usain’s finish looked like quite a margin when in reality it was only TWELVE-HUNDREDTHs of a second over his fellow Jamaican Johan Blake.
Usain admitted that he had a slow start but he knew before the race that he was not going to let that bother him. He decided to focus on his strength – the end part of the race. He didn’t care what his fellow competitors did and long as he executed the best part of his race. He stuck to his plan and WON! Sticking to your game plan matters a lot!
Just ponder on this for a moment…
What are you like when it comes to sticking to your game plan?
Are you focused on your strength or worried about your weakness?
Very often we hear about someone having a ’competitive edge’ or ’winning by a whisker’. The thing is although technical know-how is so important, having the right attitude and the right frame of mind to follow through on your plan is vital to delivering your best when it really matters.
It’s essential to remember that high achievers in every calling understand themselves first. They acknowledge where they are weak and they celebrate where they are strong. Then they use that to answer the question “how can I use all that I have to turn this into a winning combination?”
Remember this- Winners are aware and accept that the difference between Gold and Silver at the Olympics can be found in the tiniest of details in training or performance. As a result, they make everything count!
So how can you use this lesson from Usain? Maybe as a father, as a mother, as a student, as an employee or as a business owner? Begin by recognising that everything counts and you already have everything you need to be a ‘champion’ within you. Acknowledge where you maybe weak and celebrate your strengths. Then carry out your tasks like the champion you were designed to be.
WHAT TO DO NOW? Answer these three questions for yourself:
1. What is the one weakness that I have been worrying about that could be holding me back?
2. What is my strongest ability that I need to focus and lean on even more?
3. What tiny change can I make today that will make a big difference in my results?
You are amazing!
Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations. He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com