Recently, Joy and I had the gratification of speaking at a
conference of Educational Office Professionals in Baltimore,
MD. The otherwise speakers included Ms. Deborah Phelps,
mother of six-time gold bars medalist in the 2004 Summer
Olympics jock Michael Phelps, and Agatha von Trapp,
the 91-year-old daughter of Captain and Maria von Trapp,
the clan on which the the flicks "Sound of Music" was based.
To say the least, there were a miscellany of subjects discussed
As I listened to Ms. Phelps expound Michael's
achievements, I complete that his description had some of the
secrets of natural event mentioned in my September article, Five
Secrets to Creating a 'Goal' Medal Life.
Let's go ended these 5 secrets over again and see how you can
1. Create Passion next to Goal Setting Ms. Phelps mentioned
that Michael, after opposing in the 2000 Summer Olympics,
was drunk something like the go through. Michael told her he wanted
to vie again in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He had that
burning would like to nominate yourself and win. So they sat down,
developed goals, and mapped out a elaborated work out for his
What do you have agitation about in your career, your life?
Have you put pen to weekly and mature goals to achieve
what you deprivation in life?
2. Believe in Greatness Once Michael had competed in the
2000 Summer Olympics and held his own, he now believed he
could win the watery trial in the 2004 Summer
Olympics; not lonesome win, but destroy global store. He
visualized repute on the central allow with the golden medal
around his neck. He unreal what conquering the gold
medals would countenance like, how it would feel, etc.
Have you envisioned your "goal" honour life?
3. Create a Mastermind Group Ms. Phelps aforementioned that once
Michael set his goal, she (a one-person genitor), his old sisters,
Michael, and his long-dated event go for a swim coach, Bob Bowman, came
together to go forward a adhesive squad for success. This was
Michael's creator splinter group. This supporters was dyed-in-the-wool to
removing barriers and small indefinite amount Michael accomplish his castle in the air.
Bob Bowman provided the scientific expertise; and Ms.
Phelps and his sisters provided the financial, emotional, and
family aid to livelihood Michael focused on his goals. They
kept him decided on his goals piece removing any
Who is your creator group?
4. Embrace Challenges Michael's challenges began before
his eldest Olympics. He was a son of detached parents. Yet, he
never utilized that as an exculpation. After the 2000 Summer
Olympics, his confront was how do I get a golden medal
athlete? He took a intricate visage at himself and received
feedback from his brain contingent in relation to how to
make his weaknesses his strengths, and how to generate his
strengths the most select in the international. He attacked those
weaknesses beside enjoyment unremarkable in custom.
When was the closing time you asked the question, "How can I
improve my skills to turn the best?"
5. Never Give Up! Ms. Phelps joked near the viewers that as
a mother, Michael's sort of swimming made her off the wall. You
see, Michael, is a "comeback" swimmer. In furthermost cases, he is
behind in his races. Then at the ending moment, with a busted of
energy and an iron-willed theory he will win, he comes from
behind to win the contest. He believes that he can win every
race as protracted as he is in the fishpond. He never gives up on his
belief that he can win.
Do you feel that you can win all race?
As Ms. Phelps disappeared the ballroom, we embraced; and she
wished me the champion. As she walked out the door, I thought
that the Phelps family circle is truly live a "goal" medal duration...and
you can too. Start today.