In her comment on Karin Tabke’s Olympic Fever blog from last Wednesday, Beth Watson said, “I heard that the one gymnast from China had only seen his family 17 days in the last 4 years I was like, WOW, talk about some major sacrifices to achieve your dreams. I’ll no longer whine if I’m writing 10-12 hour days for a week to get a manuscript sent out. I feel like a total slacker compared to these athletes.”
Boy, do I know how Beth feels. These athletes awe and inspire me. In a recent interview with Piers Morgan, U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman (who won the gold for the women’s gymnasts floor exercises) said, “I’ve been dreaming about it ever since I’ve been a little girl.” She went on to say that as she drove back and forth to the gym, she would visualize being at the Olympics.
I can always use inspiration, and I found some great quotes from gold medal winners at Mind Training for Swimmers that I wanted to share:
“With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” -Michael Phelps
“I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.” -Michael Phelps.
“Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals.” -Kieren Perkins
“I have been visualizing myself every night for the past four years standing on the podium having the gold placed around my neck.” -Megan Quann
“I’m not going to limit myself by nominating times or anything like that. I never thought I’d do 14:34 and I did. I thought I’d maybe do 14:38 or 14:39 that day, and I went nearly five seconds quicker so I don’t want to limit the possibilities.” -Grant Hackett
“I told myself there was no way I was going to let this training go to waste. It was my time, and I was ready to go.” -Katie Hoff
Here are more quotes that I found:
“When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening any more.” -Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete, 1988 Summer Olympics
“The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.” -Peggy Fleming (American figure skater, 1968 Winter Olympics)
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” –Carl Lewis, USA gold medalist in track and field
“Surpassing my achievements feels incredible; I want to replicate that again and again.” –Katherine Reutter, USA speed skater champion
“You have to train your mind like you train your body.” -Bruce Jenner, USA medalist in the decathlon
“I didn’t set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.” –Al Oerter, gold medalist in the disc throw
I could keep going on, because I love these kind of quotes. Instead I’ll end with this one by 16-year-old Gabby Douglas, who won the Olympic all around gold this year for women’s gymnasts:
“Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood, and tears.”
Books are made the same way. And if we’re lucky, sometimes love and laughter.
All of this resonates with me and my writing. How much of this resonates with something in your life?