Since Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony 2 weeks ago, Olympic fever has spread across the nation with epidemic gusto. There have been highlights and lowlights but one thing that has consistently stood out, has been the Olympic crowd. If medals were awarded for being a crowd, Gold would surely go to the 80,000 exuberant and energetic Olympic crowd.
They celebrated not just the British athletes but also other athletes, with some examples being:
- ‘It definitely woke me up and helped me get the energy to compete. The crowd were just amazing’ American high jumper Brigetta Barrett
- ‘This crowd has been unbelievable’, Essex’s Andrew Osagie
- ‘..seeing the support like that, it’s just an amazing experience’, Sarah Attar, the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field at the Olympics. Who despite finishing last received a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line from hundreds of spectators.
- ‘If it wasn’t for the crowd it wouldn’t have happened’, Mo Farah attributed his 10,000 m win to the amazing response of the London crowd along with other gold medallists such as Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford
- Double gold medal winner Usain Bolt was rewarded him with a standing ovation and took snaps of the crowd as he retained his Olympic 200m
How wonderfully uplifting, inspiring and supportive it must have felt to have 80,000 people cheering and willing you to do your best, regardless of whether you are winning, losing, a British or a non British athlete. I am left wondering come Monday 13th, would will they be cheering on? ‘They’ are of course – You, me, friends, neighbours, colleagues, employers, employees…..
Could the generous spirit and support shown by ‘we’, the Olympic crowd be replicated outside the stadium? I believe that if we all became ‘cheerleaders then we can keep the legacy going. How wonderful it would be if we all continued to be supportive and inspirational to those around us – at home, at work and in our communities.
How can we ‘cheer’ those on around us? Here are 8 very simple things that we do:
- Show a genuine interest in those around you
- Be approachable, a good listener, a sounding board for others
- Notice what others are doing, where they might be struggling and offer your encouragement
- Give your unconditional support
- Be enthusiastic in your approach
- Let others know that you value what they do
- Provide the conditions for others to thrive and acknowledge their progress
- Give praise when things go right and acknowledge successes however small
Go on….be a cheerleader for your family, your friends, your colleagues, your staff…
What else would you add to the above? How are you ‘cheering’ those on around you?
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