Valuing the “Golden Moments” in our life

You could tell that she was fighting back the tears.

No, they were not tears of sadness.

No, they were not tears of shame.

But instead they were tears of joy and tears of relief.

Years of training, years of practice and years of competitions led to this moment.

This was her moment to shine.

This was the moment that Shawn Johnson, the 16 yr. old gymnast from the United States of America had dreamed about for years.

This was the moment when Shawn Johnson, the Olympic Gold Medalist in the (2008 Beijing Summer Olympics) Women’s Gymnastics Beam Event heard her national anthem being played because of her accomplishment.

Can you imagine what it would be like, if that was you?

Can you imagine how proud you would be?

Proud of the effort, proud of the accomplishment and proud of the commitment that you put into having this experience. 

I can only imagine how much I would value the experience.

“We place value on things in the same proportion as it took to acquire it.” -Richard Elmes

And I am sure that Shawn will cherish that moment for the rest of her life.

This makes me think about whether I cherish the “Golden Moments” in my life.

The “Golden Moment” when I make the big sale, the “Golden Moment” when I make the big presentation or the “Golden Moment” where I can influence others in a leadership role.

Do you cherish those “Golden Moments” in your life?

Not only when we achieve success at work, but when we achieve a success with our spouse or kids.

I think this is a lesson that most people tend to fall short of. So next time you experience a “Golden Moment” remember all the hard work that it took to get to that point. And then be like Shawn Johnson and be proud of your accomplishment. Because you deserve it.

How to create a magical performance?

I just returned from my 11 year old daughter’s dance recital and all I can say is WOW!!!

Not only was I extremely proud of her, because she was awesome, but I was impressed with the quality of the production.

The show featured 45 dances and lasted over 4 1/2 hours long. But the time flew, because each song was approximately 3-4 minutes long.

One of the keys to making this night a magical experience, was the preperation by the dancers.

They started preparing last September. Each week they would review what they learned so far and then learn the next few moves of the dance. Although they took the lessons seriously, they also had a lot of fun during practice. I know this because I never had to fight with my daughter to get her to go and practice.

This got me thinking that the same principles that made this night a success can be applied to your next presentation in order to make it a success as well.

Here are the principles:

1. Preparation is the key: According to David Peoples in his excellent book titled, Presentations Plus,

“95% of how well your presentation is going to go is determined before you deliver that presentation.”

Not only figuring out what you want your audience to learn (the content), but how you are going to convey that information (the delivery).

2. Develop it in stages: By breaking down your presentation project into manageable pieces and practicing the opening and then building on it each time, you will avoid feeling overwhelmed (and paralyzed) during the process.

3. Make it fun: When you enjoy something, it feels less like work and more like play. This will help keep you motivated to move forward.

Follow these principles and you will be on your way to developing a magical experience for your audience, just like the Just Dance School of Dance did tonight.

Again congratulations to all who prepared and participated in this wonderful event.