You’re number one. Now comes the hard part.

Watching the Olympics I recognized something about the participants that I hadn’t noticed before.

Many of the athletes that scored gold in 2012 were still performing at the same level as they did 4 years ago  – but nonetheless today they were coming in fourth, fifth and sixth.

Why does that happen?

Because it’s tough being number one. You only get there through hard work, perseverance and a never look back attitude. But it’s even harder to stay number one. So how do you do it?

Once you’ve set the bar for performance and achievement  there is a temptation to simply repeat the formula that got you there in the first place. The problem is that the bar is always rising. And unless you continually look at who’s coming up the outside, you’ll get caught in the backdraft as your competitors speed by.

When you’re chasing the competition, it’s much easier. But when you aren’t, it’s really hard because you don’t know how close they are behind you.

Being number one means you have to compete against yourself while watching the competition. And that requires an entirely different strategy from the one that got you there.

Whether you’re looking to be number one or working on maintaining your lead, please get in touch with LloydParry to talk.