In 22 days, the 2010 Winter Olympic athletes will compete to be the best in the world. Entrepreneurs compete for a similar pinnacle of success every single day. This series of blogs will countdown to the Olympics with 31 ideas about what it takes to achieve gold in your business.
To be an Olympic-level entrepreneur, you need to find your optimal competition zone.
In the semi-pro leagues, athletes show up and do what they do well to compete. As an athlete advances in their proficiency, they find a “zone” – sort of a state of physiological Zen – which is the point where they are at their best. This is a point of perfect balance between their weight, their caloric intake, the amount of rest they have, the suppleness of their muscles, etc. Too much of one thing or not enough of another could be enough to add on devastating amounts of milliseconds to their performance. This zone in which they are optimized for competitiveness is not something that they are learning about while they are flying to the Olympic Games. It’s something they learned when they made the leap from semi-pro to Olympic-focused and, when they are on that airplane, they are wondering how quickly they can get back into the zone prior to their game.
Entrepreneurs who aspire to an Olympic-level pursue this, too. I would suggest that most of their “zone” metrics are physiological, too. They need to eat, sleep, get adequate nutrition, and be healthy enough to show up for work with the right attitude and the ability to sustain a level of business competitiveness throughout the day. It’s rare that we read advice for entrepreneurs about health and nutrition but I do feel that it is important. There will be times when you need to work around the clock, and there will be times when that 3 martini lunch is important, but to sustain a long-term competitive zone, an Olympic-level entrepreneur will understand their zone and work in it.