Destiny is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved. -William Jennings Bryan

Throughout the last Olympics, I really enjoyed the stories about the athletes. The sacrifices and choices they made in order to achieve their dreams. In more than one case, they overcame many obstacles. The commitment they made to their sport was inspiring. The contribution to their team was amazing. They demonstrated perseverance and a relentless and contagious spirit. Most impressive of all was the way they nurtured their mindset. They achieved because they believed they could. As Abraham Lincoln said, ” Let no feelings of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

Yes, in the end they succeeded because they had enthusiastically embraced possibility. They realized that due to their hard work day in and day out, an entirely new possibility was liable to come along and spin off an entirely new opportunity. They were truly awake to the present moment and all it had to offer! They consistently filled their minds with the healthiest, most powerful and most vital thoughts ever formulated. They understood the great importance of attitude on performance.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” These athletes never discounted how much of a difference attitude makes. This combined with the laser focus on the little things makes them the world class athletes they are. Over the years, time after time I have seen advisors apply this same approach to their businesses and as a result achieve tremendous success for themselves and most importantly their clients.

Whether in sports or in business, defining your “why” is critical. As an exercise, let me suggest that you write down the 3 things achieving your goals will enable you to do, be , have and enjoy. Then ask yourself, what is it going to take to get me there? What has to happen? Ultimately it comes down to 2 choices we all have. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. The second choice is to become all you possibly can be. Why not do all we can, every moment that we can to impact others as positively as we can for as long as we can? That is the heart of a champion!