Inspiring And Enabling People
To Make A Difference
The Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics starts at 9pm (GMT) on today, the 27th day of July 2012. The ceremony itself is the culmination of nearly three years of effort involving thousands of writers, dressmakers, pyrotechnicians, engineers, musicians, artists, producers, directors, cleaners, stage crew and a host of others, including an army of volunteers who have given up hours and hours of their time to help deliver a truly memorable event.
One thing that will have helped everyone involved in the whole event is the existence of a definite deadline. When Danny Boyle accepted the task of staging the event, he knew that delivering late was not an option. Whatever hurdles got in the way, however many challenges there may have been (or indeed will be up to the last seconds), the Ceremony will happen tonight.
What we are seeing is a great example of a phenomenon I call Energy Management in my book. I talk about the accepted truism that all work appears to expand to fill up the time allotted – very few projects are delivered ahead of time, very few brides turn up with half an hour to go before their big ceremony! Knowing this helps us enormously, because we can use it to create inspiring results in our lives. Reduce the time available, put in all the effort you can, act in faith that everything will be okay and just see what you can do.
To do this effectively, you may also have to accept that your results may be less than perfect, but guess what? You are surrounded by people, events and circumstances that are less than perfect. Your job is to put your best into whatever you are doing, throw it in to the melting pot of life and keep everyone moving forward. Will there be elements of tonight’s ceremony that are less than perfect? Of course there will. Someone is bound to forget a piece of their costume, some fireworks won’t explode right on time and someone will miss their cue – but it won’t matter. If anything, it will raise an odd smile and be a reminder that we are all human.
So where to start? Obviously, you need a goal in the first place. As I always say, if you haven’t got a goal right now, your goal is to get a goal. If you can’t think of a goal, how about dusting off an old dream? Afterall, a goal is just a dream with a date on it. Once your goal is in place, make it as exciting and challenging as you possibly can. What target date can you put on it that immediately fills you with a slight sense of doubt? That’s the date you want, the one that is going to motivate you to get started immediately, keep you focused when your hurdles appear and propel you across the finishing line despite your doubts that it could ever be done.
Good luck to you and good luck also to all of the olympians seeking to achieve their goals over the next few weeks.
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