Winter Olympics and Nelson
Positive Motivation Newletter
March - 2010
As you might
know, the 2010
Winter Olympics took place last month in Vancouver. I’m a
fan of the Olympics, particularly the winter games since I happen to be
an avid skier during the winters. I was glued to the TV
favorite events including skiing and skating.
However, as seen
in most skiing and skating competitions, some athletes unfortunately
fell during their events, which ended their hopes of winning any
medals. Having spent many years as a competitive athlete
I felt the same pain whenever an athlete fell and the same joy when an
athlete did well.
Interestingly enough, each time a skier or skater fell, it reminded me
of a positive motivation quote that Nelson Mandela once said.
"The greatest glory in
living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
athletes have trained all their lives to compete at the Olympics and in
many events, everything is over within a very short period of
time. For example, freestyle mogul skiing runs last a mere 23
seconds or so. Everything these skiers have trained for are
these 23 seconds.
So when a skier or a figure skater falls,
especially when the whole world is watching in addition to the added
pressure of winning for their countries, I really feel for
Rarely are there ever chances for recovery, at least for that one
event. But if an athlete does fall or doesn’t go as fast as
she had hoped for, does it mean that all those years of training and
sacrifice were wasted?
Not according to Mandela’s quote.
Highly disciplined athletes should be prepared to rise again after each
fall. They might not win that particular event during that
particular Olympics but they can learn from any mistakes and train
harder to do better next time. And this is exactly what
with some of the Olympians who did win gold. Some of the gold
medalists this time around had disastrous results from previous
competitions. They picked themselves up again and kept going.
That's positive motivation.
what about those athletes who still failed to do well? Can these
athletes still benefit from their experiences if they did poorly during
their Olympic careers? Of course they can. If they
from competition, they can certainly transfer the hard work ethics and
discipline towards other future life goals.
This is the same for
the rest of us who are not competitive athletes. If we learn
work hard at our goals and in the event of any falls we experience, we
should pick ourselves up and apply the same type of work ethics towards
our own goals just like these athletes did. Any failures we
experience whether career or personal, should act as life lessons for
us that we apply towards our futures. And these lessons
not be limited to just the same activities we experienced our falls
in. They should be applied to everything else that we do in
That's how we can apply positive motivation to our lives.
the case of Olympic athletes, as with all athletics,
their competition careers will last only several years. If
apply the same solid character that they have built up through their
training even through all the falls, they will be successful in their
future endeavors. You can do the same thing. Just
Nelson Mandela suggests. Rather than staying down after you
fall, rise each time.
Until next month with more positive motivation,
Motivational Speaker, Author & Karate World
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