Wow, what a result for Christine Ohuruogu – a gold medal at the 2013 World Athletics Championship for the Women’s 400m by 4 thousandths of a second! As the GB team captain in Moscow, Christine certainly knows what it takes to perform at the highest level.
This morning I heard Christine’s winning interview and was inspired by her simple, but powerful message:
“The race isn’t won until I cross the line. I didn’t know if I had won or not. I dipped anyway. I knew I had to do whatever I could to make life harder for Amantle. If it was going to go close to the wire, I wanted to make it as hard as possible for her.”
There are many examples within sport we can use to inspire us – and this interview excerpt has some key take-home messages that are really applicable in day-to-day life.
The race isn’t won until you cross the line
It’s easy to give up – especially if you assume you’ve lost. Perhaps you feel that you will be overlooked for the next promotion, or that an exciting opportunity may be offered to someone else. Listen to Christine, and don’t assume anything. It’s never too late to make a change, so keep going until you cross the line.
Do your best no matter what you think the outcome will be
Again, this ties in with the first point, but the focus is more on your performance. Aim for the top in everything you do, whether it be a piece of work for your boss, or a 400m World Championship Final!
Your performance is in your hands. Listen to Christine and try your hardest, no matter what you think will happen.
In tight situations make it difficult for your opponent
Going back to my promotion example, perhaps you’ve assumed that another colleague is a shoe-in for the opportunity. Even if this is the case, aim to disrupt this by being as good as you can be – make the decision a hard one for management and you never know.
Imagine if Christine had decided that Amantle had won the race – she’d now be sitting on a silver medal, rather than being one if the most successful British female athletes of all time… Which would you prefer?
I’ve included the video below for those that want to see the race again.