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3 Life Lessons from the Olympics

Olympic life lessons

 

Every four years the world’s largest sports event is held, bringing with it amazing spectacles and displays of athletic feats and achievements. Yet behind each of those awe-inspiring Olympic triumphs are inspirational stories that are engraved with qualities and traits we all aspire to attain.

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How to Take Flight

We rarely take our talents, skills, and knowledge and push them to our utmost limit. It is human nature that we don’t fulfill our complete potential. Fatigue, distractions, problems, conflicts, and life’s own dramas all try to keep our feet on the ground.

But we all need to take some time, a few minutes or an hour each day or once every few days, to tell ourselves that we are much more capable of achieving greater feats than we are currently achieving now.

Whatever skill-set you currently hold, whatever knowledge you have been blessed with, and whatever tools and materials that are currently at your disposal, there is something you can do now that will take you one step closer to your full potential.

 

Go do it. And take flight.

Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel in Flight (Photo by Zein Designz)

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

While people can be categorized in numerous ways, most people fit into one of two groups: Those who focus on the negative aspects of their lives and those that try to look at the positive.

Life is hard for everyone. Trouble lurks around every corner along our journey to wherever our goals are. And through that journey, there are two major options to take when looking at how your journey has been.

You can either focus much of your memory on the mistakes you made, the bad choices you took, and the negative personalities you had to deal with.

Or you can appreciate the progress you have made despite those shortcomings and negativity that surrounded you.

Great people in the past also had those two options. Had they resigned to looking at the bleakness that discouraged their progress, their names would only have been remembered by their friends and family, and forgotten once they reached the grave.

So whenever a negative thought crosses your mind, find something positive to throw your attention on to keep on moving.

Kites in the Sky

Kites

Kites in the Sky

We all walk around through life with kites strapped to our wrists. Big shiny wonderfully colored and brilliantly designed kites.

These kites are our mood and feelings of self-worth and self-appreciation. And, as kites are, they don’t just take flight on their own.

Yes, wind is needed for them to fly, and they definitely do better when the weather is more pleasant. But the world around us is not the only thing that decides if our kites will fly.

We also have a major impact in how high those kites fly. If the wind isn’t strong enough, run. If the wind is too strong, loosen it up a bit.

Those aspects that we control are our own self-motivation. That inner drive that we find and discover – and rediscover when lost – that pushes us to run and run some more when the weather isn’t enough to push our mood and feeling of self-worth high enough.

So as you wake up this morning, find that drive you need to let your own kite fly high.

The Voices Around Us

We live a life full of voices around us.

No, we live a life full of voices both around us and within us.

And as you move forward towards whatever it is you are reaching out for,

As you take each of those strenuous steps up the challenging steep slopes of that mountain,

There will be those voices that reach out and try to pull you back down.

Not to where you were a few steps ago, but below the surface.

Those voices try to drown you, and keep you isolated from your dreams.

Those voices are not always from your competition.

There will be times – many times – when those voices will be from people who are close to you.

Friends. Family. Colleagues.

And sometimes even your inner voice.

Recognize those voices for what they are.

People who are trying to pull you away from your dreams.

Your hopes.

Your goals.

Your desires.

 

 

Simply smile at those voices.

And persevere.

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