Michael, Michael, Michael … how truly remarkable you are. Michael Phelps won his 20th gold medal yesterday.
Saying after winning the gold medal in the 200m butterfly, ‘there wasn’t a shot in hell I was losing.’
This victory came after a competitor, Chad Le Clos of South Africa provided Phelps with all of the motivation he needed by ‘pushing his button’ before the race. You know the details of the story, if not, you will because it was classic.
Motivation is internal, you and only you can motivate yourself. What happened is the Le Clos actions provided Michael the motivation he needed to get the job done. Winning gold by .04 of a second.
2016 Olympic Games Leadership Lesson #5: Create an environment where everyone on your team can be self-motivated to perform at the highest possible level. Find the right buttons to push, then push it. As the song goes, ‘push it real good.’