What lessons did you take away from the Olympics?

by | Sep 17, 2012 | Relationships (Self and Others)

I thought I’d stick with the theme of lessons for a while. Especially since I took so much away from watching – in sheer awe – as the Olympic athletes performed such amazing feats that were once thought impossible! So, although the Olympic ‘hype’ has died down while I was away on holiday, I’ve come home with the lessons I’ve learnt still vivid in my mind. I’ll share five lessons with you over the next five weeks – get ready to unlock your potential! Let’s start with the first Key Step and…

Be more ‘Goal Orientated’

Your Key Steps Coaching for the week ahead:

1. What do you want to achieve? If you don’t have a plan for your life and know what you really want to achieve, you might get lucky and have a fulfilling life but that’s a big risk to take. Olympic athletes don’t settle for ‘might’. They know what they want and they go all-out to get it. They have specific, measurable, action-orientated, realistic (yet challenging) and time-bound goals that inspire them to do their best. Write down your goals now and then ask…

2. How are you going to achieve them? Many of us lose sight of our goals and get bogged down in the day-to-day. To have a dream and do everything you can to work toward it is a lesson from the Olympics that we can all carry with us. What steps do you need to take today to achieve your dreams? It could be finishing that degree, sustaining your fitness plan, paying off your home, going on your dream holiday, starting your own business. Do it now! Keep taking one step at a time and stay focused on your goal. There is no point setting goals if you don’t take the action required to achieve them. You know what you need to do. Now, do it! It is up to you, you can…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’

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