I am still Olympic crazy and wondering how I am ever going to come down from this high! I love the drama and the medal ceremonies are awesome but I have noticed a trend when the British winners are interviewed. The media appear to be obsessed with the ‘what next’ question. Now some athletes are more prepared for this question than others, Beth Tweddle, our amazing gymnast was articulate and calm explaining to Gary Linekar that she was not prepared to make any decisions about Rio, she was going to relax a little, have a holiday and then get back in the gym and see how she felt, however our men’s four rowing team clearly had not had this conversation before being interviewed in the BBC studio and looked confused and embarrassed when asked ‘What next’?
I just wish we would allow these stars time to celebrate, give them permission to hold their space and enjoy the now rather than always pushing them to make decisions about what next. They have just spent years preparing for this moment and given their all to win, so let’s give them time to enjoy it! They so deserve this.
I think we are all guilty of living in the past or the future and paying little attention to the now. I know, personally I am quite often too future paced and am happy to ignore or disregard my immediate achievements. I have a tendency to deliver, evaluate and define improvements at such a speed that the effort expounded to get there gets forgotten about almost immediately! I am lucky that my husband, Tony is far more anchored to the here and now than me and will often encourage me to step away from ‘my future’ cloud to ensure I stay grounded in the present and celebrate my efforts before I kickstart the ‘what next’ button!
The here and now is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present. Let’s remember this and give our Olympians and ourselves, the space to celebrate our victories in full colour, before we push each other to commit to the next step.