THE CHAMPION

There he was, in all his glory, holding the trophy high.   He is the champion, the one to emulate and admire.  He was the best at what he did that day.  The other contestants may have fallen short of the ultimate goal but rest assured they put in a tremendous amount of effort to get into the elite class. 

          In sport, as in life, we fall short of our goals more times than we succeed.  The learning curve must be designed so that these” so-called” negative experiences become useful tools to ultimately reach the outcome.  Yesterday, Phil Mickelson came from five shots down, to capture the British Open.  A month before he had been leading in the US open and for the sixth time came in a crushing second-place.  He used this incredible disappointment as a motivation for winning.  This is the sign of a true champion.

          Not having enough talent to make his high school basketball team, Michael Jordan went on to be the best there ever was at basketball.  In his induction speech at the basketball Hall of Fame he said he said he used that disappointment as motivation. 

          These are examples of individuals who have a burning desire for greatness. Each one of us is hardwired for greatness.  You may not believe it but it’s true. We all have individual talents in which we excel. but, most of us really don’t think that we are worthy.  The greatest challenge that one has in life is to be able to control his or her own thoughts.  To be a true champion, one must first be a champion between our two ears.  We must think like champions, act like champions  and feel like champions in order to change our physiological makeup.  Of course, this is much easier said than done.

          If you try your very best to accomplish an outcome and fall short, you are that champion in the making.  Find out what part of that experience failed to work and find another avenue to explore.  As you learn from each one of these so-called setbacks or roadblocks you will find that the path to your true calling will be revealed.   You must be flexible enough to allow the universe to show you the way. This may sound rather ethereal, but true inspiration comes from letting go and trusting.

          There will always be individuals who will be able to do what you want to accomplish faster and/or better.   This fact really is irrelevant because there may be only one Babe Ruth or Michael Jordan, but remember that there is also a baseball and basketball Hall of Fame.  To be considered one of the best in anything that you do, is to truly be a champion.

 

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AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE

          Yesterday was our nation’s birthday and we celebrated it with the usual fanfare.   Our country has a long and great history of men and women who have stepped up to face adversity and overcame it.  These gallant men and women may not have had the best qualifications or other parameters that we think of as leaders, but they did possess a very unique quality of vision, persistence and determination.  In other words, they were goal orientated.

          Take George Washington for example.  By all accounts he was a tall man over 6 feet who used his height and general appearance to initially command respect from his troops.  Another example is, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who, crippled with polio as a child and unable to walk on his own, used his braces and his son to walk down the aisle of the Capitol building that fateful day in December of 1941 to show the world that he was, indeed, the strong leader of the free world.  It is examples like these that make us aware that there are special individuals who rise to the challenge to lead.

          Inside of each one of us there is a seed of greatness.  It may be way down deep in our unconscious, but trust me, it is there.  Take, for example, the anecdotal story of a child trapped underneath a heavy boulder and unable to move.  The frail mother, seeing her child in eminent danger moved that boulder like it was a twig.  Where did she get the strength from?  She derived that strength from deep within her and did the nearly impossible to save her child.

          We live in a world that is filled with negativity and if we are not consciously aware of how we are thinking, we will fall prey to that negative thinking.  Most people go from day to day, hoping they will get through it without any major obstacles or setbacks.  These people are planning to fail because they have not set up any parameters for success.  The person who truly is a success in life is the person who truly thinks that they can.  This, of course, is not as easy as it sounds because it takes guts, determination and perseverance.  In all honesty, most people are not willing to put in the time and effort required to achieve the outcome.

          Your attitude on a day-to-day basis constitutes your will to achieve.  By keeping your attitude in a positive direction you command your unconscious mind to facilitate change that will eventually lead to your success.  Remember, that the road to success is by no means a straight one.  It is filled with twists, turns, mountains to climb and valleys to traverse.  You may not see that you are headed in the right direction from your present vantage point, but by keeping your mind positive, sharp, and single-minded, your goal is achievable, and the reward is sweeter than the suffering that you went through. Go for your dreams.