Back Yourself.

Late nights glued to the telly watching the world’s best strive in the heart racing adrenalin pumped pursuit of their ultimate goal, Olympic glory is nothing short of inspiring. For those of us living south of the equator it’s also a tad exhausting.

Just as inspirational is a ‘note to self reminder,’ a place on the podium is not due to an overnight magical transformation. Hard work, dogged determination, dedication and single-minded focus is the currency.  Bucket loads of the stuff is needed time and time again to get up every day and go to work at achieving dreams and goals.

Success isn’t a gift you wrap up nicely and simply hand over like you would a birthday present. It’s certainly not a right of passage. Neither is it something left to chance. Not a single competitor sits back and waits for their opportunity of success to find them. Complacency doesn’t even enter the psyche. No matter what discipline, these athletes expect to give it everything they’ve got and more. Leaving nothing of themselves behind.

It’s the worlds biggest sporting spectacle and thus begins my two week fascination with sports I know absolutely nothing about. Archery, equestrian, canoeing, javelin and some of the intricacies of cycling around the velodrome are all just a remote control click away.

No disrespect, my knowledge of Judo ends at the fact its a martial art. By chance I caught the tail end of USA Gold medal winner, Kayla Harrison’s interview. Having mastered a 360 life degree turn, the former self-confessed punk rocker won the most coveted golden accessory in the women’s 78kg Judo event. Ecstatic with her win what made her post-award ceremony interview impressive was her formidable undeniable self belief.

My ears pricked up at a resonating point she made when asked how she felt on the day and in that moment. Her answer, it’s not a day or moment. It’s four years. By my calculations that’s 35,040 hours of relentless preparation of never allowing the mind, body, spirit or soul to stray far from the job at hand. Sleep counts as recovery time.

35,040 hours (365 days x 24 hours x 4 years) of scaling the high’s and lows of mountains of mental and physical work to be deserving of an Olympic title. Incredible guts to achieve the penultimate glory.

Since the 2000 summer Olympics, Michael Phelps has been chasing the monotonous black line of the 50m pool. A staggering 105,120 hours invested to become the most decorated Olympian of all times. 20 Olympic Medals. 16 Gold Medals. And, that’s not counting time as a young seven-year old dipping his ever growing feet into the pool of destiny. Mind boggling and extraordinary.

Inspirational? Most definitely. Two different sports, two different athletes. Same ethos involving time, hard work, focus, planning, the value of team and support and, self belief, all driving them towards their ultimate destination.

Working for myself, writing and setting my own goal to become a published author sounds a romantic notion, lofty even. It’s neither. Like anyone charting their own course and chasing dreams, it takes guts, desire, passion, love and self-belief to get through the lonely, nerve-wracking and self-doubt moments.

I’m drawing inspiration from the Olympians. Put in the hard work – rewards will come. Dreams will become reality. More importantly, back yourself every step of the way.

My life my way takeaway for, Back Yourself. “Keep your eye on the prize.”

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