David Murdoch of Great Britain watches on as teammates Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews competes in the men's round robin session against Germany during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 11, 2014

It is always fun to jump into a sport that is new and different.  Curling is one of those sports that at first you think, they are sliding a stone across ice, how is that an Olympic sport?  And what’s up with all of the screaming and the crazy-looking swiffer mops?  But after you watch a match, you realize why this sport represents pure awesomeness.  To be successful at Curling, there are three components that must be in place: focus, teamwork, and peripheral vision.

Focus

The most gentle touch of a stone can have a huge effect on the trajectory.  It takes extreme focus and concentration to ensure that the stone is placed on a path to eventually land on the target.

Teamwork

All of that screaming is how players communicate with each other.  The Swiffer wet jets are really altered brooms (curling brooms) used by Sweepers.  A high level of strategy and teamwork go into choosing the ideal trajectory and placement of a stone.  Everyone has an important role in the game and must do their part in order for the play to be executed successfully.

Peripheral Vision

With the laser focus on the stone, it’s amazing that nobody kicks a stone while sweeping. Curlers not only have a laser focus on the path of the stone, but possess excellent peripheral vision to make sure they avoid any obstacle what would alter the path of the stone.

These principles can be applied to how we plan, work together, and execute our “plays.”  Our actions must be truly focused and aligned to our vision.  It takes a team of people with varied talents and skills to ensure our plan is on the “ideal trajectory.”  Even though we are extremely focused on our eventual goal and outcome, we must simultaneously be on the lookout for potential obstacles in our periphery.

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