The summer olympics happens every four years. Athletes from around the world come together to compete for their countries and to win medals.
Around the world people watch, cheering on strangers and willing them to go harder, stronger, faster then their opponents.
I love it!
This is my first olympics since my daughter was born and running in “hippie” circles there is criticism of the games. It’s too expensive in such a fragile ecconomy. We should be focussed on more important world issues. The Queen of England is a Nazi. We place too much focus on sport.
Yes the Olympics cost a lot of money, however the money generated by tourists both during and after the games would out strip that.
You know what, the Olympics gets countries closed off to the west out and competing. North Korea competes alongside South Korea. Does it matter that sport is the platform that allows that to.happen?
The criticism of the Queen irrelevant to the games. And this monarchist dismisses them anyway. God save the Queen. I loved her little movie with James Bond, very funny.
What is interesting is the way the games inspire people to get active, join gyms, take up a sport. Because all we see is the finished product, the win.
What we don’t see is the years of training and the dedication and persistence.
This year I am not inspired to take up any particular sport or new pursuit but to persist with what I’m doing already.
The difference between those athletes who get to the olympics and those who don’t? Dedication, and persistence.
See take the marathon for example. Most people think of running a marathon and picture this -
Running across the finishline in glorious victory. The lone runner running across the line. Smiling, happy, finished.
That’s not what distance running is about at all.
Distance running is hard. It’s challenging physically and mentally. Those who run at the top level get up and train every single day – rain, hail or shine, snow, sleet or storm. And still the marathon hurts in every fibre of their being. To get to that finish point there is hours of running, sweating, hurting and mind games. That’s right your mind begins to doubt whether you can do it long before you cross that magnificent finishline.
No success comes without work. Not in sport, or parenting, or business, or marriage, or friendships. No one is going to be interviewed after winning a gold medal and say they just showed up this morning and hey presto! It took hard work, dedication and persistence.
The difference between failure and a set back is whether or not you pick yourself back up and try again.
J K Rowling famously said that rock bottom became the foundation for her success.
So, anything is possible. Nothing worth having comes easily and anything worth having takes dedication and hardwork to get. At first it may seem impossible, but if you think you can’t then you won’t and if you think can then you will find a way.
It’s like running a marathon, you have to block out the negative influences and the loudest and most negative is often your own voice.
I will achieve great things because I believe it, I will show my children that dedication and persistence are more valuable then luck and will get you more. And in four years time I will be achieving my goals because I am not giving up.
See you in Rio!