As many athletes make their way to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, there are many stories that cover the athletes’ journeys to reaching their dreams of competing in the Olympics.

From a young age, these athletes worked through countless practices, games, matches, and trips. The opportunity to compete for their country did not come by chance. They had a goal and a vision to go to the Olympics and then formulated a plan to achieve their goals. That is one of the incredible things about sports. Results are visible as you see yourself make progress toward your goals, whether that is a faster time, stronger muscles, or better outcome as a team. That type of strategic thinking and dreaming started at a young age for these Olympic athletes.

Sports at any level builds these characteristics into everyday thinking. Whether the goal is sports related or not, having the ability to set and attain goals is extremely valuable as an employee.