Olympic Lessons for the Workplace
Each day during the Olympics, I’ll post a nugget relating a value of sportsmanship and the Olympics to your professional life.
Today’s Olympic Nugget: World-class athletes are so amazing because they possess the discipline to train extremely hard.
We've all heard about the different training schedules for many athletes in the Olympics, and if their performances don't tell you how hard they work, their muscles and body definition definitely do! It takes extreme discipline to get to the level they have achieved. I don't doubt many of them grumble about getting up early, doing one more workout, or saying no to friends that want to go out late.
Luckily for most of us, the discipline required to advance our careers doesn't have to take over our lives like training does for most world-class athletes. However, we could learn a thing or two from their discipline. Having a plan to follow helps measure progress and brings a sense of accomplishment. Also, the discipline to make professional development a priority isn't always fun, but it will pay off in the long run.
A simple plan to address one area of professional development a day with a short task/exercise is a great way to introduce discipline into your career development. Discipline will ensure you see results and feel good about the progress you are making!
How does discipline factor into your professional development?
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