In my experience a positive approach to a challenge helps to produce better results than a negative one.
I know I have taken on a task from someone who said they ‘could not ‘ achieve the desired outcome, and I went on to produce an effective result without too much effort.
If positivity can produce those sorts of results in the everyday world, how much more can it galvanise people at the peak of their game?
Arguably, as the eyes of the world are focused on the Olympic venues, most of the 2012 competitors must want to show the aspirational values of winners who achieve results at Faster, Higher, and Stronger levels.
It makes sense that, as Coach Robin Williams notes, World beating rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover’s earned their Gold medals in part because of their “… reliably positive attitude on and off the water”.
Female athletes’ positivity may also help raise the profile and levels of participation in women’s sport. There is room for improvement as Sue Tibballs, Chief Executive of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, says: “Being sporty is still not seen as aspirational or even normal among girls. They just don’t see women doing it”
Who knows, at the end of the competition it might be clear that, this time around, women really have made their mark.