In Junior High I decided to go out for track because my friend was a runner and loved track. When I stopped to cry on the track because I was in pain, the coach made me the team’s trainer. And that is the sum total of my athletic ability. (It’s okay, I have other talents. I just hadn’t discovered them in Jr High. Unless you count playing the bassoon.) In spite of my Herculean deficiencies, I love the Olympics.
The Olympics are magical! Captivated by athletes capable of superhuman feats, we sit anchored on the couch with our mouths open. Why do we love the Olympics so much? Maybe it’s the competitive spirit, perhaps its our loyalty to our country, but more likely than not, it’s the fact that these people defy the odds. They hold nothing back. Their tenacity mesmerizes us.
It’s not that they perform or play or compete fearlessly. It’s that they do it afraid. Sheer determination doesn’t allow the fear to stop them. Passion to fulfill their dreams causes them to be single minded, focused on the task in front of them. Their very courage, daring, guts renews our own energy and excitement. As we marvel at athletes that are too young or too old or too marginalized to perform the very act we are viewing, we get inspired.
If we took an ounce of what we are seeing poured out by the gallons in Rio, what could we do right in our own back yard?
When you sit down to watch the Olympics tonight, ask yourself these questions:
- In what ways can I best use my strengths and talents to serve my organization and the world?
- What are the wider benefits of pursuing and achieving this?
- What really motivates me to pursue this goal?
- What might be stopping me from following my dream?
- What are the five most important things that I will do every day to achieve my goal?
Let Rio2016 move you to be more, to bring more, to push for more.