“Excellence is not an accomplishment. It is a spirit, a never-ending process“, so says Lawrence M. Miller, the author, speaker and management consultant. This spirit of excellence was very much evident in the recently concluded London Olympics 2012, where the sports-persons won the hearts of people truly living by the Olympic motto of ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ , which means ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’. It was heartening to watch the sports-persons perform in the spirit of Excellence, Friendship and Respect, the core values of the Olympics.
At London 2012, USA emerged as the victor with 104 medals (Gold-46, Silver-29, Bronze-29) with People’s Republic of China and Great Britain following at second and third positions with a total of 88 and 65 medals respectively. We saw Usain Bolt become the fastest man on earth by winning Gold medals in 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay events; Michael Phelps become the most celebrated Olympian swimmer with an overall record of 22 medals in three olympics, including 18 Gold medals, to his credit, a feat unlikely to be surpassed in the near future; Mo Farah achieve the rare distinction of winning two Gold medals in the long distance running (5000m and 10000m); Missy Franklin of USA win four Gold medals in swimming. We also witnessed Chris Hoy, the British Olympian, become the most successful cyclist ever with a career haul of seven, six Gold and a Bronze, medals. It was also a sheer joy to watch double amputee, South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, also known as the blade runner, compete in 400m and 4x400m relay events along with the other able-bodied athletes.
India won a total of six medals (Silver-2, Bronze-4) at London 2012. Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar won Silver medals in Wrestling and Shooting respectively. MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, Yogeshwar Dutt and Gagan Narang won Bronze medals in Boxing, Badminton, Wrestling and Shooting respectively. They did India proud by their excellent performance. May their hard work, determination, dedication and devotion to excel guide and lead the younger generation on to the path of excellence and glory.
Finally, excellence is all about giving one’s very best, on the field of play or in life. Are we giving our best? Are we working with the values of Olympics and striving to excel in the fields of our endeavour? If not, then what corrective actions are needed? We need to take a stock of our lives now…as the answers to these questions will help us to move towards excellence.
Lastly, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act , but a habit”, with these words of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher and polymath, I sign off this blog post greeting you all on the occasion of India’s 66th Independence Day.