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Winter Olympics and Nelson Mandela
Positive Motivation Newletter
March - 2010 

Positive Motivation

As you might know, the 2010 Winter Olympics took place last month in Vancouver.  I’m a huge 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 during my 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 myself, 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."

These 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 for 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 them.  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 he or 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 happened 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.

But 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 retire 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 to 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 should not be limited to just the same activities we experienced our falls in.  They should be applied to everything else that we do in life.  That's how we can apply positive motivation to our lives.

In the case of Olympic athletes, as with all athletics, their competition careers will last only several years.  If they 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 do what Nelson Mandela suggests.  Rather than staying down after you fall, rise each time.

Until next month with more positive motivation,

Clint

Motivational Speaker, Author & Karate World Champion

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