Just before the greatest show on Earth starts this weekend, I thought a quick reflection on what it takes to be a champion and what’s needed achieve a dream.

I think the best way to describe the requirement to win a gold medal at the Olympic games is ‘Eyes on the prize’ – this sounds easier said than done.

‘Eyes on the prize’ is for everything in your life. This means getting the right work life blend, the right support team around you and the total belief that you can do it.

We’re not all Olympic athletes (well some of you reading this are! Hi guys!), but we still can follow the approach that these guys achieve ‘exactly’ what they set out to do. I’ve got 7 short steps that will help you stay on track and get your own ‘gold medal’.


B – is for ‘belief’. You must have the absolute belief in what you are doing. You must really want to do it, believe with all your heart than you can do it and nothing is going to stop you. You will run through walls for your prize and you will not let anything stop you in your pursuit for exactly what it is you are after.

E – is for ‘eyes’. As mentioned, ‘eyes on the prize’ means that you will need to have total focus. You need to make sure that you become so focussed on exactly what you want, by refining it and reminding yourself about it on a daily basis. ‘Eyes’ also mean keep a look out, let others help you and let them keep a look out for you.

L – is for ‘love’. I’m sure we all know that doing something you love makes it easier to do, so let’s do what we love and love what we do. Make sure you’re aiming for something you love to do. We want to do things that make us happy and that make other people happy, so let’s make sure we love doing ‘it’ on a daily basis.

I – is for ‘investment’. When you set out on the path to achieve a dream, you’ll make investments. These will be emotional, financial and personal. Your personal investment will mean things in your life will change. This investment will make things different to before the dream was established. Ask for help with any investments, you’ll be surprised that those who share your idea will be more than willing to make sacrifices just for you.

E – is for ‘environment’. Your surroundings are vital to make sure you achieve whatever your dream is. Make sure you give yourself the best possible setting to make the dream come true. Your environment is also controlled by others, so make sure you share what you’d like to happen with other people. They will then help you on that path.

V – is for ‘vision’. You have to see your dream. Make sure you know exactly what it is you want, focus it down to it’s finest point and then visualise it. When you have a clear vision of where you’re going, it’s easier to stay on track.

E – is for ‘energy’. Keep going. I’m sure your dream will bring challenges, but that’s exactly why it’s a dream because it’s something out of the ordinary for you at the moment. But when you start to make things happen on a regular basis, these obstacles will start to shrink. It takes a while, it takes momentum and it takes belief. Keep going.

Good luck with making your dreams come true, please get in touch, we can help you and enjoy the greatest show on Earth.

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About The Author – Michael Finnigan

Michael Finnigan works with the world’s most famous businesses, helping them to understand how to unleash the power lying dormant within their people. Michael consults with corporate, public sector and sporting clients all over the world to lead and deliver positive change.

Michael’s work within elite sport includes clients in Premier League football, international cricket. He worked closely with Darren Clarke ahead of his victory at the Open Championship.


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