The Winter Olympics are in progress now in Sochi, Russia. Whether are an avid follower of the games or not, the media coverage and stories about the Olympic athletes and their performance will be inspirational.
Years of sacrifice, commitment and determination will come to fruition as the world watches. Dreams of winning the gold will come true for only a few, but every one of those athletes is a winner and champion as they face endless challenges with the passion of a true warrior.
Although I’ve enjoyed my life as a professional athlete and, it is a part of who I am, the person I became is much more than all the awards. I believe the purpose of sports is to develop us into better human beings. When the event is over and life returns to its routine, the lasting result will be in the way we chose to live our life.
Downhill skier, Mikaela Shiffrin
and her family demonstrate many qualities I admire. She stays grounded with her very close, supportive family; living a “small town” life. The family instilled traits in Mikaela that go beyond skiing. She was always expected to show appreciation for all she has been given. Expectations are based on having a healthy perspective about the total person.
Part of the balance many people overlook in life or training is to have fun and be creative. I’m fascinated by the way she and her brother trained for balance by juggling while riding a unicycle. Imagine the coordination and confidence that would build.
Perfectionism and fear of failure are two qualities that can drive success but, in the long run, can prevent and cause bigger problems if not addressed properly. Aim to be an “excellentist” instead by establishing high, but attainable, expectations. Learning to accept failure, not defeat, will serve you well.
Life is about risk and it’s better to live a life of "oh, well
" rather than "I wish I would have
." Dream big, be active and strive to be your best.
Remember, the goal of sports is to make us better human beings. Playing sports taught me to work hard, overcome adversity, rejection and my own fears and self-doubts to keep working toward my dreams. Without a doubt, playing sports has enriched my life and prepared me to do the work I do now. I love coaching as much as playing because it is my opportunity to positively impact and empower others.
Sadly, the media distorts the meaning of the games. Their reports and articles make you feel as if winning or losing will be all that defines you. But I have found that real winners don't let themselves be defined by whether they won or lost. Real winners learn from their losses and become better people in the process. Peyton Manning’s reply
to reporters after the crushing Super Bowl loss was that of a champion.
As the legendary Coach John Wooden stated, “Sports do not build your character, they reveal it.”
I enjoy calling my clients WARRIORS
because we are training for life. A warrior is a fighter who is resilient; someone who takes part in a struggle or conflict. Don't wish for things to be easier, aim to be stronger and wiser. In the process you are growing and others are watching. You are not only a winner; you are also inspiring others to be winners as they mimic your actions. I PLAY. I WIN.
What do you want for your life? Do you want a life of vitality, joy and purpose? Is your current life supporting those desires and goals? If not, make some changes today. My TCOY coaching focuses on development from the inside out. Anything of value takes time and training to develop.
Every winner has scars and has experienced loss. In my opinion, the real winner is not the winner of a game but the person who transforms their win or loss into an opportunity to make a greater and positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.
Be Strong. Be Courageous. FINISH STRONG!
Until next month...TCOY!