Personal Olympics: Challenge Yourself

2014 olympicsJust after our first round of measurable snow in Raleigh, the Winter Olympics kicked off! It makes a warm house even cozier when you see the bobsled races, curling, ice hockey, and skiing in the cold Sochi, Russian winter! Even though this year has been a bit of an anomaly, with Raleigh temperatures in the 20’s and Sochi in the 50’s simultaneously, I can’t help but be grateful to live in a climate that is more often mild!

olympic bobsledding

Watching citizens from all over the world devote their lives to training and competition is inspiring.

Are you pushing yourself toward a personal “gold medal” in your family or professional life? Whether you are racing to the top of the work ladder or trying to speed-race through the aisles of the supermarket so you can spend time on things you value most (check out our post on locally-sourced food for ways to save time on groceries), here are a few Olympic-inspired tips to help you move toward your own “gold medal”:

olympic skiing

  1. Be first. Russia won its first gold in team figure skating! Julia Lipnitskaia, only 15, and long-time skater Evgeni Plushenko, 31, won the gold for their country. Don’t wait to follow in someone else’s footsteps (or ice tracks in this case). Set your own records.
  2. Judge yourself. How can you expect to see your progress if you don’t have a measuring scale? Although a conspiracy involving Olympic judges has been the buzz among media outlets, you can be your own valid judge. Have ‘New Year’ running goals? Don’t just track your time and speed, but your overall performance. Did you keep good form and proper breathing? If you want a promotion at work, judge your personal work performance on a daily basis. What good are you doing for your company? Keep track of your “points” and use them at your next performance review meeting.
  3. Evolve. Think you would have found snowboard slopestyle on the Olympics’ agenda 100 years ago? The program grows over time, and so do you. Christophe Dubi the International Olympic Committee Sports Director explains, “[The Olympics] need to preserve our history, but at the same time we have to remain relevant and make sure that we capture new audiences as well.” If you’re not meeting your personal goals, leaving something behind and trying something new is not necessarily a compromise. The ancient Olympic Games took place in the 8th century BC! Here they are today: Popular, relevant, and inspiring. You can do the same.

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