I sent this email out to our lifestyle clients last week as part of the daily motivational program with Dare to be Slender. It applies equally here…
The 2010 Winter Olympics are being held in my home province of British Columbia Canada. There is a palpable buzz in Vancouver these days. My husband and I are confessed Olympic junkies. We have been known to set up camp in the living room for the entire 2 weeks of competition. Great times.
Every Olympic champion has overcome obstacles (need I say overwhelming?)* on their path to victory. But the spirit of perseverance alone did not get them through. There is also the principle of focus. And by focus, I mean the kind of ‘zeroed in, over my dead body, never gonna stop, get outta my way, I don’t see you, I don’t hear you, I only have eyes for one thing” kind of focus. To be a champion – to be the best in the world at anything you need to be able to eliminate any other options except the option of accomplishing your goal.
Our world is full of options. I heard Will Smith in an interview one time discussing his successful 10 year marriage, and he said, “In Hollywood there are so many options. I decided a long time ago that I couldn’t consider ‘options’ if I wanted a successful marriage.”
I know you have a goal. I know there a multitude of obstacles in your way. Sidney Howard said, “One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” Have you considered what you must give up to accomplish your goal? Is your goal worth the sacrifice? Is it worth eliminating all other options (like quitting)?
Lots to think about today. I know you’ll find your way.
*You may know one of these Olympic legends: Wilma Rudolf suffered polio, scarlet fever and pneumonia as a child and couldn’t even walk unaided until she was 9 years old. She won 3 gold medals in track and field in 1960. Mark Spitz performed poorly in Mexico in 1968 and critics wrote him off. He had his revenge in Munich (1972) where he won 7 Olympic medals and set 7 world records in swimming.