What I learnt from the Olympics (4)

It’s okay to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done

Last week, I posted 3 to 4 articles on what I learnt from the Olympics. I hope to post a few more over the next week or so.

‘Great, wasn’t it’ was the opening sentence of the special edition that London’s Financial Times following the end of the Olympics. That sentence pretty much summed up the mood of the nation after the event. By that statement, we were acknowledging that we were able to successfully deliver on the Olympic Games. As we analysed the Games, we gave ourselves a pat on the back.

Quoting again from the Financial Times, ‘it obviously helps that it was a cracking party. Very few people were actually invited but perhaps the most surprising legacy of the Games was that many people ended up feeling they were involved, even if they were nowhere near an Olympic ticket’. This is the feel good factor at work.

We were all thanked for how we had all contributed (even if our contribution was only watching the Games from the comfort of our room). There were no major glitches. The result: the nation felt proud. We were proud that we could successfully deliver complex pieces of work. The media obviously played their part in helping us feel good and we can to only one conclusion: regardless of the challenge, we delivered. In fact, the last word from the organisers at the end of the Olympic session was that we delivered.

Over the past year, in the UK, we have celebrated 3 major events, all without major hitches (at least as far as we know from the media). First there wad the Royal Wedding, then the Queen’s Jubilee and finally the Olympics and Paralympics. In fact the Olympic project has been described as the most high profile that the UK has undertaken.

The Games were described as successful, the organisation was excellent and the whole edifice was tipped out by the unexpected performance of the UK’s athletes. Giving yourself a pat on the back can create a feel good factor. It gives us confidence.

Feeling good about having staged successful games could be a legacy in itself. The Olympic bubble finally burst leaving us with a healthy feel-good factor

It is false humility not to congratulate ourselves for a job well done thinking it can be construed as pride. So next time you achieve something worthwhile or great, give yourself a pat on the back.

So until I appear again in your inbox, stay blessed




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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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