If you’ve been watching any of the Olympic coverage, you know that a lot of unexpected things have happened over the past few days. The Williams sisters, unbeaten in the last three Olympic appearances are out in doubles play and both have been eliminated from the singles tournament. Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one ranked men’s tennis player, lost in the first round of competition. And yesterday, the US Women’s Soccer Team played a mediocre match to scrape by with a tie against Colombia.
If I liked to gamble, I would have lost a lot of money on these matches.
You see, these feats weren’t supposed to happen the way they did. These were upsets, major ones at that. The winners should have been easy picks and the losers were supposed to be thankful for the experience of playing greatness.
Welcome to Life 101. At any given time in any given day any given person can rise up above where society tells them to be and achieve greatness. It’s that way on the playing fields. It’s that way in life.
This is one of the main reasons I love sports. Anything can happen. It’s the perfect analogy for life.
You see, I truly believe that each one of us, every day has the opportunity to achieve great things. Perhaps not standing on an Olympic podium or winning the Nobel Prize, but we can achieve greatness. We can chase our dreams, even if those dreams seem unattainable, and we can reach for the stars.
We might not win today. We might not win tomorrow. Yet each day we come closer to attaining the life we desire. Each step, whether it’s met with success or failure, is a step toward ultimate success. Each trial and struggle is a lesson learned that will one day propel us toward our own personal greatness. We just have to keep moving, keep trying, and keep working toward our own unique end goal.
Olympic champions aren’t born. (Although some athletes are clearly more gifted than others.) Champions are made each day in the weight room and on the training field. They practice. They hone their skills. They study their mistakes and learn from their opponents.
And most importantly, they always, ALWAYS get back up when they fail. A gymnast who falls off the balance beam doesn’t wallow in self pity. She picks herself back up again until she gets the routing correct. Michael Phelps didn’t become the most decorated Olympian because of his long arms. He spent months and years in the pool practicing to become better.
These are the lessons we can learn from Olympians. Practice, persistence, and perseverance pays off in the long run. We may not see it today. We may not see it in ourselves tomorrow. But if we keep going, keep moving, keep trying our efforts will pay off and we will become the best examples of who we can be.
On any given day, anything can happen. I hope you make today the most amazing day ever!!