Going for Gold

Published: Aug 17 , 2012
Author: Alan Smith

One such sport was hockey. When younger I used to play quite a bit of rugby, quite a physical game in itself, but nothing in comparison to hockey. The ball seemingly made of concrete flies around at ridiculous speeds whilst opponents try to take your head off with a stick. Or so it appeared to the uninitiated.

The GB women's hockey team had one goal in mind. To win the Gold medal. Their utter focus and determination honed over four years (if not more) of preparation was in coming away from the Olympics on top.

Sadly it was not to be, and having lost in the semi final to the eventual winners, the tears streaming down their faces created a lump in my otherwise manly throat.

Heart broken I am sure, the captain Kate Walsh, decided to revise their objective (a wise thing to do if the objective is no longer possible) and create a new must achieve position, which was to win Bronze. They subsequently did with all the gusto that their new stretch goal required.

For those of us this week who have 18 year olds as children, relations or friends we should keep this lesson in mind. A Level results create elation and disappointment across the country as these young adults come to terms with the next steps in their lives.

Those unfortunates, who did not quite make the grades that allow their first choice, now need to take a step back, recalibrate and revise their objectives to make the very best of the change in circumstance.

Churchill defined success as the ability to go from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm.

Commercially sometimes we are unable to achieve our intended goals. That is not to say that we shouldn't have them, or that we should not strive for them with ambition. But if we realize for whatever reason they are unattainable we have be able to refocus our efforts on the best possible outcome.

Alan Smith, Scotwork UK.


SHARE

blogAuthor

About the author:

Alan Smith
No bio is currently avaliable

Latest Blog:

Achieving better negotiation outcomes

Most people I meet look for ways to achieve better results through negotiations. Using a college exam analogy, they want to move from, lets say, a 70% score to 90%. Negotiations are like an exam. Failure to prepare is preparing for failure! The problem is that negotiations are like an open book exam – lots of pages, lots of things to cover and not sure where to start.

Latest Tweet:

Scotwork India
3A, 13 Cornwell Road, Langford Garden
Bangalore
560025
India
+919900048621
info.in@scotwork.com
Follow us
cpd.png
voty2016_sign_gold.png