Five Secrets to
Creating a “Goal” Medal Life – Part II (How Michael Phelps Can Help You Achieve
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 onwhich the movie “Sound of Music” was based. To say the least, there
were a variety of subjects discussed that day.
go over these goal setting five secrets again and see how you can apply them:
1.Create Passion with Goal Setting
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?
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?
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;
andMs. 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.
is your mastermind group?
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!
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
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
you believe that you can win every race?
AsMs. 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
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!
Ed Sykes is a
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