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: Find or create a mantra that keeps you focus and inspired.
Kayla Harrison won Olympic gold in Judo yesterday. Her mantra is: "This is my day. This is my purpose." I heard that, and I got goosebumps. I decided immediately that I would steal it to use during marathon training.
Then I thought, why not have a professional mantra? In Hindu tradition, mantras are believed to be capable of spiritual transformation. Why not have a phrase or set of words from which to draw power for "professional transformation"? Many people who embrace a mantra for different sorts of endeavors - physical, spiritual, whatever - will tell you that it can bring refocus, endurance, and breakthroughs.
So, I'm now on a quest to find my own professional mantra. It might be inspired by Ms. Harrison, or it might be something completely different. Who's with me?
Do you have a professional mantra? Share it in the comments!
Photo by Karen Given/WBUR