So the Olympics are upon us again – and this time they are in London so a bit closer to home if you’re this side of the Atlantic.  There have been a few documentaries and entertaining TV programmes surrounding it and the essence that runs through them all is the Olympic Spirit – the X-Factor for winning.  Not all of us are Olympians, athletes or even sporty but this type of spirit can be applied to anything and everyone even when attempting to start a business and embark on the beauty of entrepreneurship.Olympian Cartoon

Believe in Yourself

Never think that you can’t do something. If you really want to do it – whether it’s set up a business, create a blog, write a book, get fit and healthy, travel, help people, learn to dance, whatever – you can do it if you set your mind to it and believe in yourself.  If you don’t think you can do it then how can you expect anyone else to believe you can? Thinking you can’t do something is like putting up a wall in front of yourself that you have to break down before you can even start. Remember that your destiny is a choice and hold on to your vision.

Put Your Heart and Soul into Achieving It

Effort creates opportunities so be prepared to really give your all if you want to succeed. This could mean giving up some of your social life or fun times during the start-up process when setting up a business and can mean a complete change of lifestyle for other targets you want to achieve. You have to give up some time to carry out anything so you need to adjust to this. And just keep digging a little deeper to get there.

Work Work Work

An Olympian’s work ethic is to work hard and to be the best – you need to adopt this attitude if you want to succeed too.  You have to be determined and focussed on your goal with no deviations to set you off track. You can’t be half-hearted about anything you want to achieve – it won’t just come to you, you have to work hard to earn it. Challenge your potential at all times and you’ll realise your prospects. When you start to work smarter rather than harder you’ll have broken the barrier.

Always Set Out to Win. Go For Gold

Never think that you’re not going to get to where you want to be.  Believe that you have to win or at least do your best to win and then you can feel proud that you’ve done what you can. Being positive is key at all times – the minute you allow negativity to creep in then you are letting doubts block your way. Minds always wander and it’s very difficult to block, however always stop a bad thought with two good thoughts to cancel it out.  It works – believe me.

Don’t Let it Beat You

Don’t ever let the thought of what you want to achieve overcome you. Whatever you want to tackle will of course be daunting but stick with it. There will be lots of highs and lows, sometimes you’ll feel you’re on a rollercoaster but of course it’s not wise to get off. Keep knocking on doors and learning from your mistakes.

Never Give Up

Nothing worthwhile will come easy so just keep remembering that along the way. If something isn’t working then question why it isn’t, then adapt and learn from that. Regroup if you have to and start again in a different direction or route.

Stay Cool

When times get hard just stay cool and persevere if you really need to do this. If it is that important to you then realize that nothing worthwhile comes easy and hold on to your vision. Don’t stress yourself as that won’t help; keep calm and stick with it.

These tips can be applied to business and lifestyle. I’d love to hear any other suggestions you have in how to achieve what you set out to do.