What I noticed in the commentary and replays were the focus on The Fall... The Disappointment... The Mistake... being lowered in the rankings and possibly the loss of an expected medal. Interviewing those athletes who had difficulty in their program, the questions tended to focus on the unexpected. In contrast, the athlete talked about The Learning Gained in the midst of these seemingly imperfect moments.
|Olympic Dialogue: Seeking Perfection|
Russia's Alina Zagitova - PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
(Photo Credit: New York Times)
- How often do I seek perfection in my relationships and communication?
- When do I over-replay those moments when I or a friend fell short?
- Do I learn from moments of imperfection?
- Can I be content that I have tried?
Consider the following:
- The leader of this Olympic event scored 82.92, a Short Program record.
- Outfielder Ty Cobb, whose career ended in 1928, still holds the highest batting average in Major League Baseball: .366 over 24 seasons.
- The 2016 Golden State Warriors had the winningest professional basketball season: 73 - 9 (.890).
- Only one NFL team has played a complete perfect season (regular season and playoffs): the 1972 Miami Dolphins who won all 14 games and 3 postseason games, including the Super Bowl (17 - 0 - 0).
We are faced with an intriguing question: is perfection necessarily a result -- a score -- or are we invited into a quest -- a journey -- to understand imperfection?
|Olympic Dialogue: Reality Hits|
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(Pickles, Brian Crane, January 10, 2018)
The dialogue journey encourages that: we practice our dialogue skills; we take risks by trying; and we learn from those moments when we hit a bump in the ice.
|Olympic Dialogue: Each Day Provides New Discoveries |
(Photo Credit: Jerry Singleton)
The Olympic moments in our lives requires an acceptance that perfection may be an illusion. The practice, the attempt, and the learning are the goals. Each day provides opportunities to recognize anew those lessons from yesterday and to strive... not for perfection, but for understanding and learning.
As the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics recede into memory, may we remember the coming together of athletes who risked moments of learning. We were privileged to witness all of their triumphs!
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