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T&T has an abundance of world class
talent and potential. If only we believed
in ourselves and not spend too much time
focusing on what s wrong.
When life happens and things don t go
the way you expect it, it is easy to question
yourself.Self doubt sets in and you question
yourself and allow others to get into your
head with their negativity.
It s tough to be accountable when you
really want to indulge in self pity. On the
road to 10 or more Olympic Gold medals
by the year 2024 there will be many obsta-
In the face of these obstacles the questions
you ask yourself will be very important.
Last Saturday I accepted an invitation
from Dr Heather Cateau to participate as a
member of a panel at a UWI, St Augustine,
Campus and Trinity College, Hartford, Con-
necticut Turning Tides conference entitled:
Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and
A special session saw the panel which
included TTOC secretary general Mrs
Annette Knott, Olympian and Pan Am
champion Cleopatra Borel, Major David Ben-
jamin and sport journalist Kwame Laurence
discuss the Topic "Trinidad and Tobago s
Olympic Quest 2016: Past Victories, future
One question asked was what are the
things needed to achieve 10 or more gold
medals? For me it begins with the why. Next
comes figuring out what s most important
and give it your undivided attention.
Other theories that provide guidance for
clarity in decision making include: The 80/20
principle (Pareto s Principle), it s pretty sim-
ple: the 80/20 principle says that the minor-
ity of your effort leads to the majority of
your results. It s not necessarily about the
RIO DE JANEIRO---An extension to Rio de Janeiro s
metro system will be completed ahead of the
Olympic Games, the state government says.
In a Saturday news release, Transport Secretary
Carlos Roberto Osorio said the line between Ipanema
and the western suburb of Barra da Tijuca that is
hosting the main Olympic Park will be completed
in July. The extension is a key transport link for
the Games opening on August 5.
"The major engineering challenges have been
overcome," he said. "We are in the final stretch."
Earlier Saturday, local newspaper O Globo pub-
lished what it said was a leaked email that Rio de
Janeiro city Mayor Eduardo Paes sent to the Inter-
national Olympic Committee warning of a "height-
ened risk" the extension would not be done on
According to the report, Paes suggested that the
IOC consider creation of a high-speed bus lane as
a backup plan. The new metro line is costing around
10.3 billion Brazilian reais ($2 billion) and O Globo
said the main obstacle to its delivery was a delay
in additional funding. Up to 300,000 passengers
are expected to be transported daily by the new
Making sense of purpose and priority
(80 percent; 20
percent) as much
as it s about the
which is this: a
of what you do
accounts for a
of the results you
In his book
Gary Keller asks:"
What s the ONE
Thing I can do / such that by doing it / everything
else will be easier or unnecessary?"
What s the ONE Thing I can do? This first part
of the Focusing Question is about taking action, it s
not the ONE thing you "should do," or "could do,"
or "would do"---but the ONE Thing you CAN do.
The word "can" implies action, as opposed to others,
which imply intention.
This part of the question lets you know you re
about to get specific. It means that you re about to
take action on something that actually has a purpose.
Everything else will be easier or unnecessary. This
final part of the Focusing Question is about LEVER-
AGE. It says that when you do this ONE Thing, every-
thing else you could do to accomplish your goal will
now be either doable with less effort or no longer
For example: hiring an assistant to handle your
calls and emails is a levered action that frees up the
time you used to put into calls and emails, thus
making it easier for you to focus on growing your
business. When you have a strong purpose, you can
become clear about your highest priority.
Whats your why? Think big, but focus on one
thing at a time. Ask the wrong question, and you
will get the wrong answer. When you have a strong
Purpose, you can become clear about your highest
•Brian Lewis is the President of the Trinidad and
Tobago Olympic Committee ( TTOC ). The views
expressed are not necessarily those of the Olympic
Committee. Support #10 Golds24 Athlete Welfare and
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THINGS THAT MATTER
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