Like most people, I was completely engrossed by the summer Olympics. To me the games highlight the best of the human spirit and the potential that is within all of us! Below are the four principles of success that were reinforced for me by watching the Olympics.
1. Don’t ever quit! When you feel like giving up, I want you to think about Gabby Douglas. Only months before the Olympic games, the current Olympic all around women’s gymnastic’s gold medalist twisted her ankle and was struggling with her vaults. For a few moments, Gabby actually thought about quitting. If she would have given up, she would never have seen her dreams turned into reality! Don’t quit on yourself, because all your dreams and goals are just around the corner. Sometimes you may need to change things up a little, but if you continue to work, you will succeed!
2. Have a support system in place. You notice that family, friends and teammates are always cheering the athletes on. The athletes themselves, often admit that they would not have made it as far as they have without the support of their coaches, parents and friends. When Gabby Douglas was doubting herself, her sister and mother stepped in and gave her the inspiration she needed to persevere. Like the Olympians, we should all have a support system in place to help cheer us on when we feel like giving up and to believe in the beauty of our dreams.
3. Never let obstacles stand in the way of your dreams and goals. The next time you feel like there are too many things standing in the way between you and your goals (time, energy, ability…), think about Oscar Pistorius. Although both of his legs were amputated when he was
only 11 months old, his parents refused to let him think of himself as disabled. He did not let his prosthetic legs hold him back from his dreams and he achieved his goal of running in the Olympics. His motto, “You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.” Obstacles may come your way, but never allow them to control you and cause you to lose sight of your goals.
4. Have a clear and meaningful goal. Most Olympians are without a doubt some of the most physically fit people in the world. Everyday they train and give their all (hopefully) for two reasons: love of their sport and the possibility of Olympic gold. There are probably days when they don’t feel like training or want to give up, but they don’t because they know that the dream of the Olympics is just around the corner. Create your own goals and write them down. Anytime you feel like giving up, read your goals and imagine how amazing it will be when you reach them. Get creative and most importantly, have fun in the process!