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10 Life Lessons from a Couch Olympian

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The few individuals in the world who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of athletic perfection in their chosen field is an inspiration.

You rally behind them – rooting for your country’s representative to do their best, even if this is the first time you’ve ever heard their name.

You hold your breath during their performance, gasping if they fall.

But what does it take to become an Olympian?

Personally, I haven’t a clue – my favourite sport is channel surfing.

But for 16 days every two years, I am taken back to my childhood when I imagined I could be Nadia Comaneci.  (Btw, did you see her during the 2014 Sochi games? I would still like to be her!!)

One of the Canadian women athletes (and I am ashamed to say that I can’t recall which one – if you know, please post it below) said something that I thought really summed up what sets Olympians apart from the rest of us mere mortals.

She said, (and I am paraphrasing),
“The Olympics aren’t something you can dream about coming to.  You have to believe you will get here.”

It’s been almost a week since I heard that, and it has stayed with me.  Not because I believe that one day I will get to the Olympics, especially if I put zero effort into training for …well, anything.

But I resonated with that statement because it could be applied to each of us, in whatever our life’s pursuit.

For me, my career goal is to tell the stories of people and businesses who are making a difference in the world so they can gain the recognition and support they need to continue their great work.

I could go about making up ad campaigns and marketing strategies to attract companies to my website.  I could cold-call prospects.  I could network and schmooze my patootie off, but if I don’t BELIEVE that I can do this work, I will never reach the ‘Olympic’ level I’ve dreamt about.

Why? Because something in me – in the way I speak, in how I present myself to clients – will convey that I don’t believe in myself – so why should they?

Of course I can’t just cross my fingers, close my eyes, click my heels and say ‘I believe, I believe’ – even if I feel that belief in my soul.

The belief has to be accompanied by action.

There is work to be done to attract the clients, just as the athletes need to train vigorously for hours on end.

I will compete against others vying for the same clients.  And I will win some and I will lose some.  That’s part of the game.

I have heard that athletes that win a silver medal are often depressed becausemedium_2723280142 they were so close to the gold; that bronze medal winners are thrilled because they made it onto the podium; and that fourth place winners are driven to train even harder and often return to win a medal themselves at the next Olympics.

The psychology of competition is complex and interesting.

Often our biggest competition is against ourselves.

We question our very value and self-worth.

Can I do this?
Will anyone find me in the vast webosphere?
What can I offer that is different from the next person?

While I won’t be presented with ribbons or medals for each of my wins, I will consciously acknowledge and celebrate each victory, no matter how small, because with each step I am learning what it takes to be champ.

Here’s what I believe:
To have a chance at winning, no matter the race, you have to:

1. Find what you love to do.
2. Learn all you can.
3. Practice every possible moment.
4. Set firm and realistic goals.
5. Set your intention.
6. Believe you can do it, no matter what others may say.
7. Do it – as many times as it takes, over and over again.
8. Surround yourself with coaches and cheerleaders.
9. Celebrate each and every milestone.
10. Never stop believing.

And every now and again, look back at the starting line and see how far you’ve come.  

Because every victory along your journey is a gold medal win.

Share your latest victory below.  
(Tooting your own horn is like playing your personal anthem.)

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Positive Ponderings: Words That Serve


What three words would you use
to describe yourself?

Now ask three people what three words 
they would use to describe you.

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Then think about:

How many of those twelve words are similar?

Do you agree with all the words?

Are you surprised by any?

Do these words change
your perception of yourself?

Seriously.  Try this!

Share your words and your discoveries below. 

One Simple Way To End It All

garden June 6-06 035 (1)Tired of wishing things were different?

Sick of hoping things will change?

Discouraged by events not happening as you had imagined?

Me too.

Well I know one simple way to end it all.

I’ve been doing a lot of mindset work lately with a kind and wonderful woman named Therese Skelly.  She is a business coach, heck person, like no other I’ve met.

If you, like me, believe in the Law of Attraction, well we are likely babes in the cradle compared to Therese.  Therese embodies and imbues the Law as if she wrote it herself.  What’s more, she can extract from you deep-set beliefs like you wouldn’t believe and turn them on their head.

We’re complicated creatures, us humans, and it is surprising what makes us tick.

One of Therese’s lessons is to teach you to own your value; something many of us let others bestow upon us (often which are false messages rooted in jealousy, ignorance or fear) and then wear like a suit of armour shielding us from other more realistic heartfelt honest messages.

It was with this lesson that this next message came my way.

While perusing the blogs I follow, a recent post struck my eye; Tracie Louise’s post entitled “Giving Up Hope.”

Concerned, what I read imparted a startling message; her solution to end her turmoil.

Her philosophy, so simple and humble, struck my heart and mended the tapestry of lessons past.

Her message: she is tired of hoping for things to change, for ‘hope’ gives you an ‘out’.  I hope this will happen, but if it doesn’t, that’s ok because I can always fall back on blah blah blah. 

Instead, she is making the conscious choice to give up ‘hope’ and replace it with ‘Intention’.

Wow.  Think about it: Replace ‘Hope’ with ‘Intention’.

Aaaaaaaaaa! Do hear the angel chorus?

That one simple shift: Replace ‘Hope’ with ‘Intention’.

Simply change the way you look at the situation.

“I hope one day to be able to travel to Europe” changes to “I’m going to travel to Europe” and suddenly the planning begins.

How can I afford it? Start socking away bits of cash, get a part-time job, sell un-used items on eBay.

Where will I go? Start the mental planning, pour over maps, google travel deals.

When will I go?  Pick a date and write it on your calendar.

By simply making the mental shift, you have opened the door for new possibilities (my new favourite word).

The Law of Attraction is strong, my friend, so be sure your intention is clear.

I’ll bet you’ll be surprised how things start falling into place.

Giving up Hope for Intention. Are you with me?

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Positive Ponderings: What’s Your Role?

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If all the world’s a stage, 
what’s your role?

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Positive Ponderings: Diversity or Destruction?

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Why do we enjoy a vase of fresh-cut flowers?

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Are we celebrating the beauty & diversity of nature?

OR

Are we learning to appreciate the delicacy of life
which withers too soon?

OR 

Is it a chance to understand the fragility of nature
when slaughtered by man?

…something to think about.
What do you think?

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Positive Ponderings: Image

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What image do you want to portray to the world?

Do you?

What is one thing you can do today
to set you on that course?

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Positive Ponderings: Theory of Relativity

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How much of who you are
and what you do
is based on your family history?

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Are you using it as an excuse
or are there things
that you can change?

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