After watching the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team win the World Cup in the summer of 2015, I was riding high as was the rest of the country, and the world. What an exhilarating feeling to witness these women compete and achieve a goal they’ve been working on every day since they were children! Many of them were inspired by the 1999 FIFA U.S. Women’s World Cup Champions to play soccer, and to win. Each player had a dream to be on a winning team. Not one had an excuse why they couldn’t be the champions. With Carli Lloyd’s hat trick, outstanding teamwork and leadership, they are now world champions.
Thinking about their victory, I realized that as entrepreneurs, we also have been competing on our own field of dreams. Every day, we are handed a new set of challenges, customers, and opportunities, and every day we have to bring our A game. Keeping our energy up to top-notch level, is extremely hard to do. Feeling defeated, full of excuses? That’s easy. Staying focused and ready? Much harder. So how do you focus and function as if every day you were playing for the championship?
#1 Show up: Act and feel like a champion. This is a practice that must be developed, and I can’t say this enough, start right now. If you read any business, or self-help book, each of them discusses the aspect of being positive, using positive language, and showing up “as if.”
#2 Get in shape: It’s the middle of summer, and if you signed up for a gym membership at the beginning of the year determined to get in shape, but have yet to achieve that goal, it’s never too late to begin. Start by getting up away from your computer and taking a walk outside. No matter the weather, breaks away from work are going to increase your productivity, and provide outstanding health benefits. As you gain momentum, add an exercise routine to your day. It will help with number one and the next step…..
#3 Visualize winning: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, the Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Blackhawks and last year’s World Series Winners the San Francisco Giants, all took time to visualize their game, their unique skills, and winning. What does it feel like to score? To hit that ball out of the park? Take time every day to visualize you and your company achieving that championship goal you’ve set.
As we have chosen the profession of entrepreneur, taking a cue from the U.S Women’s Soccer Team, or any of your favorite sports teams, showing up like it’s a championship game every day is the way to succeed and win!
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