Motivational Speaker VA, Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Richmond,Virginia,  leadership speakers, national speakers, Ed Sykes, Joy Fisher-Sykes

Home ] Speaker Info. ] Workshops ] Coaching ] Learning Resources ] Success Blog ] Free Articles ] Contact Us ]


Free Success Secrets!

motivational speakers, motivatoinal keynote speakers, keynote speakers, men motivational speakers, woman motivatoinal speaker, conference speakers, business speakers, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Ed Sykes, Joy Fisher-Sykes, The Sykes Group
motivational speaker, motivational speakers, motivatoinal keynote speakers, keynote speakers, men motivational speakers, woman motivatoinal speaker, conference speakers, business speakers, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Ed Sykes, Joy Fisher-Sykes, The Sykes Group, ebook, ebooks, free ebook, motivation ebook, free newsletter sign up, motivational speakers, Virginia, Hampton Roads

Receive our award winning OnPoint Newsletter: Your success source for leadership, motivation, team building, presentation, and customer services secrets, tips, and techniques.

motivational speakers, va, virginia Beach, virginia, norfolk, Hampton Roads, ed sykes, joy fisher-sykes, Motivational free success tips, techniques, and secrets

Act now and receive your free Success Report


Motivational speakers, VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Virginia, leadership speakers, Keynote speakers, Ed Sykes, Joy Fisher-Sykes


Special Bonus!

Share our information with  two friends and receive a free bonus!


Speaker Info.
Learning Resources
Success Blog
Free Articles
Contact Us


Motivational speakers, VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Virginia, leadership speakers, Keynote speakers, Ed Sykes, Joy Fisher-Sykes


The Sykes Group
2476-115 Nimmo Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Tel: 757-427-7032
Fax: 757-427-0929



Goal Setting Article


Five Secrets to Creating a “Goal” Medal Life – Part II (How Michael Phelps Can Help You Achieve Your Goals!)

By Ed Sykes




Recently, Joy and I had the pleasure of speaking at a conference of Educational Office Professionals in Baltimore, MD.  The other speakers included Ms. Deborah Phelps, mother of six-time gold medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics swimmer Michael Phelps (and now twenty-two, all-time medalist in the Olympics), and Agatha von Trapp, the 91-year-old daughter of Captain and Maria von Trapp, the family on which the movie “Sound of Music” was based.  To say the least, there were a variety of subjects discussed that day.


As I listened to Ms. Phelps describe Michael’s achievements, I realized that his story had many of the secrets of success mentioned in my September article, Five Secrets to Creating a ‘Goal’ Medal Life.


Let’s go over these goal setting five secrets again and see how you can apply them:


1.     Create Passion with Goal Setting

Ms. Phelps mentioned that Michael, after competing in the 2000 Summer Olympics, was excited about the experience.  Michael told her he wanted to compete again in the 2004 Summer Olympics.  He had that burning desire to compete and win.  So they sat down, developed goals, and mapped out a detailed plan for his success. 


What do you have passion about in your career, your life?  Have you put pen to paper and developed goals to achieve what you want in life?


2.     Believe in Greatness

Once Michael Phelp had competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics and held his own, he now believed he could win the swimming events in the 2004 Summer Olympics; not only win, but shatter world records.  He visualized standing on the center stand with the gold medal around his neck.  He visualized what winning the gold medals would look like, how it would feel, etc.


Have you visualized your “goal” medal life?


3.     Create a Mastermind Group

Ms. Phelps said that once Michael set his goal, she (a single parent), his older sisters, Michael, and his long time swim coach, Bob Bowman, came together to develop a cohesive team for success.  This was Michael’s mastermind group.  This group was devoted to removing barriers and helping Michael achieve his dream.  Bob Bowman provided the technical expertise; and Ms. Phelps and his sisters provided the financial, emotional, and family support to keep Michael focused on his goals.  They kept him focused on his goals while removing any distractions.


Who is your mastermind group?


4.     Embrace Challenges

Michael Phelp’s challenges began before his first Olympics. He was a son of divorced parents.  Yet, he never used that as an excuse.  After the 2000 Summer Olympics, his challenge was how do I become a gold medal athlete?  He took a hard look at himself and received feedback from his mastermind group concerning how to make his weaknesses his strengths, and how to make his strengths the best in the world.  He attacked those weaknesses with gusto everyday in practice.


When was the last time you asked the question, “How can I improve my skills to become the best?”


5.     Never Give Up!

Ms. Phelps joked with the audience that as a mother, Michael’s style of swimming made her crazy.  You see, Michael, is a “comeback” swimmer.  In most cases, he is behind in his races.  Then at the last moment, with a burst of energy and an

iron-willed belief he will win, he comes from behind to win the race.  He believes that he can win every race as long as he is in the pool.  He never gives up on his belief that he can win.


Do you believe that you can win every race?



As Ms. Phelps left the ballroom, we embraced; and she wished me the best.  As she walked out the door, I thought that the Phelps family is truly living a “goal” medal life…and you can too. 

Start today.  You don't need to be an Olympic swimmer like Michael Phelps to develop winning goals.  Apply these goal setting tips and you too can have a “goal” medal life!

Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps pictures, goal, goals, goal setting, setting goals, success


Suggested reading:


Five Secrets to Creating a "Goal" Medal Life - Part 1 

Goal Setting Secrets to Jumpstart Your Life

Romance Your Goals: Seven Secrets for SMARTER Goal Setting

Adversity: Your Seed of Greatness (Three Secrets to Using Adversity to Become Great)

Connect the Dots! Your Roadmap for Success

Every Super Hero Needs Theme Music. What’s Yours?

Five Secrets to Creating a "Goal" Medal Life

The Greatest Gift of All - The Gift of Empowerment

10 Action Steps to Motivate Yourself to Great Accomplishments

Ten Techniques for Motivating Others Through Chaos

Have You Appreciated Someone Today?

Take Time to Create a Life Balance Sheet for Success

It’s the Most Wonderful Gift of the Year

Five Ways to Reduce Environmental Stress (Part Two)

Set Yourself Stress-Free 

Set Yourself Free

Five Ways to Reduce Environmental Stress (Part One)


Ed Sykes is a professional speaker published in the areas of leadership, change management, customer service and teamwork. He works with business and government organizations who want to reach the next level of success and individuals who want to perform at their best. You can email him at, call him at (757) 427-7032 or visit his Web site at

Publishing Guidelines: You are welcome to publish the following articles and newsletters in its entirety, electronically, or in print free of charge, as long as you include our full signature file at the end of each article for ezines, and my Web site address in hyperlink for other sites.  Please send a courtesy link or email where you publish to

AppreciateMotivate QR Code

Goal-Setting Skills Information Request Form

Request Goal Setting Tools

How Can We Help You? *
 Book Ed and/or Joy! 
 Have a goal setting expert contact me! 
 Send program information 
Name *
Street Address
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Email *
Request Details
Image Verification
Please enter the text from the image:
[Refresh Image] [What's This?]
Powered byEMF Online Form Builder
Report Abuse

Want to learn create goals to achieve more career success? The following programs will help you create more success in your life:

bulletFive Secrets of the Perfect Employee:How to Be the Empowered Employee of Choice

bulletMastering Your Attitude for Positive Results

bulletTeam Building

bulletLife After Downsizing

bulletTime Management Techniques for Success

bulletHow to Look Your Best and Communicate Success

Call us at 757-427-7032 or e-mail us at

Suggested Success Resources

JumpStart Your Greatness!

New Kindle, Nook, & eBook Versions

motivation, motivation book, success book, Ed Sykes, The Sykes Group

Go to Greatness to find how to take advantage of your career opportunities and receive your free bonuses!

Read Your New Kindle Book on the New Kindle Fire!  For information and specials, click on the Kindle Fire picture below:








Keywords:  goal setting techniques, Greatness, Quiet your mind, Embrace Challenges, The Sykes Group, Edward Sykes, How to set goals, success, success stories, career goals, create passion, life goals, goal, Goals, Goal setting, setting goals, Michael Phelps goal setting



Send mail to with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright © 2003-11 The Sykes Group
Last modified:
10/09/2011 07:42:15 PM