With the 2014 Winter Olympics launching in Sochi, Russia, in just a couple of weeks, it’s again time to be impressed by the incredible discipline, focus, and persistence of the world’s best athletes. I’m a firm believer that even the non-athletes among us can learn from their example. Without question, job seekers can benefit from taking an “Olympian-inspired” approach to their searches. So, how do you job search like an Olympian? First, let’s consider the four best practices athletes leverage to make it to the Olympic level. First, they establish clear goals and sustain that goal focus over time. They know exactly what they need to achieve in their training and competitive events, and they harness their energy and efforts to accomplish those goals. Second, they dedicate whatever time, resources, or money they need to succeed. If this means investing in new tools, coaching, or specialized support, they do so. Third, they practice their sport consistently. This single-minded pursuit of excellence is integrated into their daily schedule and they faithfully train their bodies and their minds to exhibit peak performance on an automatic level. Fourth, they learn to adapt to constantly changing environments and circumstances. They master the inner game of excellence while taking advantage of the shifts and changes around them to fuel next-level performance.
January 23, 2014