The Olympics is far more than just a sporting event. It is wildly successful because of the experience that has been cultivated before, during and after the games.

In honor of the upcoming Olympics, I offer you a formula for peak performance.

P     persistence

E     enthusiasm

A    attitude

K    kindness (sportsmanship)

 

Peak performers continue to learn, continue to strive and continue to improve and move forward one day at a a time. Peak performers have learned how to celebrate the past, nurture the future and delight in each moment.

One of my favorite events is the men’s 4 X 400 relay. This event has been part of the Olympics since 1912 and the United States men have dominated this event winning the gold medal in 16 out of 23 Olympics. They currently hold the Olympic record of 2:55.39 set at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Here is our Peak Performance 4 X 400:

Persistence

” Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

-Benjamin Franklin

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

-Napoleon Hill

“We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.”

-Helen Keller

” Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not:unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. And education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

-Calvin Coolidge

Enthusiasm

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

” There is real magic in enthusiasm.”

-Norman Vincent Peale

” Enthusiasm is the match that lights the candle of achievement.”

-William Ward

” A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.”

-Charles Schwab

Attitude

” Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

-Zig Ziglar

” Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goals: nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

-William James

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”

-John Maxwell

Kindness (Sportmanship)

” Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

-Mother Teresa

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”

-Seneca

“Kindness is the universal language that connects all people.”

Michael F. Sciortino,Sr.

” You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”

-Zig Ziglar

Let the Games begin!!