When it comes to winning athletes know more about the subject than most people. They participate in contests that occur on a regular basis, for a specific amount of time, and, with rare exception, always produces a winner and a loser. But, are they the only people that should playing to win as a part of their job? We don’t think so.
Each job has its own challenges and metrics that have to be achieved. Just as athletes have to remain focused for the entire duration of their game, we should remain focused at work. Work to eliminate distractions that can sidetrack progress, ask yourself if your current task is the most important thing you could be doing, keep a list of daily objectives and work to meet each of them before you go home.
Athletes look physically exhausted after a game because they have exerted 100% of their energy to win the game. At the end of the day you should be mentally exhausted. Every ounce of your brain should be involved throughout the workday to accomplish your tasks. It is not enough to “do your job” you should push yourself to the limit each day to go farther than the day before.
Each sport has an off season. Athletes take some time away from the competition to heal their bodies and recover from the intensity of their competition. We need to take time away from the office for the same purpose. Vacations, nights, and weekends are our chances to heal our minds from the exertion and concentration we go through during the week. If you don’t take time away from the office you are short changing the healing power of rest.
What did we miss? How do you win at work?