The Olympic Rings, the symbol of the modern Ol...

The Olympic Rings, the symbol of the modern Olympic Games, inspired by Pierre de Coubertin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was inspired to create the Olympic motto by a speech that a friend of his gave that contained the Latin phrase, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which means Faster, Higher, Stronger.

It is used as a term to inspire Olympians to continually do their very best and I would like to use it to inspire us all to greater heights in our own, less athletic, lives.

Faster – Can you live your life more efficiently?

Do you waste time on things that don’t matter?

The good news is that in this digital age, there are a lot of new technologies that can help us to utilise our time more effectively.

The bad news is that we often just waste the extra time that we’ve been given.

How can you simplify your life and work faster that you currently do?

Higher – What are you aspiring to?

Are your goals ambitious enough?

It was Muhammad Ali (a great Olympian himself when he was known as Cassius Clay) who said, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” 

Don’t let that happen to you.

Don’t just repeat the same year over and over again, but keep your goals lofty, keep growing and make sure that tomorrow you’re a step higher than you were today.

Stronger – Are you more resilient than you used to be?

Do you bounce back quicker from disappointments?

Are you coping with the increased stress that comes with an increase in responsibility?

Remember, we don’t get stronger during the good times, we build strength in the struggle.

We don’t get stronger by doing the same things that we did yesterday, we get stronger by pushing harder and challenging ourselves more.

Faster, higher, stronger.

It’s a great challenge for all of us, but faster, higher and stronger than who?

Our competition, our colleagues, our critics?

The Olympic Creed gives us a clue.

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

We’re not called to be faster, higher or stronger than others.

We can’t control their capabilities and it could be an unfair comparison, either in our favour or against.

We are called to be faster, higher and stronger than we were yesterday.

To turn yesterday’s good into today’s great.

We are responsible for being our best, do that consistently enough and the results will look after themselves.

All the best to the Olympians from all nations (especially the Australians) as they compete in London over the next few weeks.

Which event are you looking forward to the most and what do you need to be faster, higher or stronger at in your personal life?

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