The 2010 Olympic message in Vancouver was crystal clear: to succeed in life you must first believe in yourself. The “I believe” song sung by the just-turned sweet sixteen Nikki Yanofsky was empowering, uplifting and touched our hearts. The message instilled confidence in our youth and helped us all feel stronger in who are.
Every athlete that came to the Games earned the right to participate at the Olympic level because of a deep belief in themselves and in their abilities. For years, they planned, prepared, participated at world class events; they were mentored by coaches, received help and support from family, friends, community and other sponsors and earned the right to execute their skills on the greatest of world stages. Think about it, Alexandre Bilodeau’s preparation was for a 23 second run. Yet his work ethic for his sport demonstrated his values, love of family and connection to his brother. We were touched by who this young man was.
Natural talent and intelligence can take you only so far. Understanding who you are and believing in your self along with the willingness to sacrifice and work hard ( preparation, planning, execution) toward the pursuit of your goals are what propels you to fully succeed.
Athlete’s envision themselves performing flawlessly constantly. Take a few moments to see yourself in your mind’s eye achieving your goals, and the lifestyle that goes with it – How beautiful is that image ? Come back to it often. Believe that you can change for the better.