I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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The Dedication Olympics

As I sit writ­ing this the BBC are show­ing their roundup video of the Rio Olympics. Nor­mally when it comes to the Olympics I’m pretty glued to it for the few weeks that it runs. This year, maybe due to the time dif­fer­ence, it took a week or so for me to get in to it.
It was only when the track cyc­ling came on and Team GB star­ted to win medals that I star­ted to watch. The suc­cess of the Brit­ish team on this field is mind-blow­ing, every four years the team hits form per­fectly and brings home gold medal after gold medal. Sim­il­arly, the suc­cess of the Brown­lee broth­ers in the Triath­lon, so con­sist­ent year after year res­ult­ing this year in the first triath­lete to retain the gold medal. Then there’s Andy Mur­ray, only weeks after win­ning Wimble­don, retain­ing his gold medal. Not to men­tion the many oth­er ath­letes who’ve won medals for Team GB, help­ing us as a nation to fin­ish second in the medal table.
Most years by the end of the games I’m inspired. I want to try a new sport, or return to an old one I used to play. This year is a bit dif­fer­ent. I’ve not been inspired to go and do sport, but instead by the ded­ic­a­tion that unites these ath­letes. Each and every one of them has a level of ded­ic­a­tion that blows me away. They are able to apply them­selves for every single day between olympic cycles. For four years they are able to focus their energy on one thing so that they can give them­selves the best pos­sible shot to win that gold medal.
Dur­ing one of the events one of the com­ment­at­ors picked up on this. I don’t think it was what he meant, but the way it came across as he spoke of it was that these ath­letes seem to have a gift none of the rest of the world does. Not in terms of their sport­ing prowess, but in their abil­ity to apply them­selves and ded­ic­ate them­selves to their chosen dis­cip­line. It’s an easy mind­set to fall into, but it’s also a dan­ger­ous one.
Dis­cip­line or ded­ic­a­tion is not a thing that we just have, it’s some­thing we can learn. Each and every­one of us can learn dis­cip­line and self con­trol in order to focus on some­thing. In order to grow and devel­op into a great writer it takes ded­ic­a­tion and dis­cip­line to turn up and write each day. For the artist it takes hours of paint­ing, the musi­cian hours of play­ing their instru­ment. Ded­ic­a­tion is some­thing we can grow in and get bet­ter at. The more we ded­ic­ate ourselves to do some­thing, the more likely we are to do it. For the olympic ath­lete, turn­ing up to train­ing on a wet Monday morn­ing in Novem­ber makes them more likely to turn up for train­ing on a wet Novem­ber Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Thursday. Like­wise, writ­ing a post for this blog on a Sunday makes me more likely to want to write one for tomor­row. I don’t want to break the chain or waste the time I spent the day before.
As many people are want to say on the inter­net at the moment, the key to everything is show­ing up every­day. The key to win­ning a gold medal is show­ing up every­day with an unre­lent­ing ded­ic­a­tion to your sport. The key to grow­ing in ded­ic­a­tion to our chosen dis­cip­line is the same.