Are you putting back into the world as much energy as you take out?
If you have watched the Olympics this week you saw one of the great events of our time. Michael Phelps, stated to
be the best swimmer we will ever see, won 6 gold and 2 bronze metals. That's not too bad considering he's only
19 years old. But what sets Phelps apart from the rest, and made him a hero in my book, was what he did after he
won his next to last race. That race resulted in Phelps beating his American teammate - Ian Crocker - by only
hundreds of a second. On Saturday Phelps was scheduled to swim in the Medley Relay, the final swim of the Olympics.
But instead of swimming the relay he gave up his relay place to his teammate Crocker. With Phelps cheering his team-
mates on, Crocker and the other three swimmers won the gold. As one writer stated it, "He (Phelps) proved he could
be as great out of the pool as in it."
Energy Performance Tip: In a day when it's common to hear daily criticism, complaints, and gossip about the people
we work with, I believe Michael Phelps has a lesson for us all. We need to proactively focus on what we intend to accomplish and always be willing to give energy and opportunity to those on the team. Success is the result of having the courage to do all I can to help my company succeed. Our personal accomplishments result in self-reward and self-esteem. The more we accomplish the more wereinforce our ability to accomplish. This is where REAL productivity begins. The REAL mark of a champion is to provide others with the energy and opportunity to do the same. This is where REAL teamwork begins.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose."
"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and,
if they can't find them, make them."
- George Bernard Shaw
"Under normal periods, any man's success hinges about 5 percent on what others do for him and 95
percent on what he does."
- James A. Worsham
Energy Development Tip: Here's your challenge this week - Don't complaint about circumstances or people,
instead focus on what you need to do to make your life successful. Also, look for opportunities to give energy to others. I'll bet you find that at the end of the week you have a great deal more energy.
"In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can."
- William Barclay
"Two thirds of help is to give courage."
- Irish proverb
"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."
- Ben Sweetland Hope you all have a great week,