Your Own Olympic Glory... What Are You Waiting For?

ADDA Health Guide
  • Rory Stern, PsyD, ADDA Board of Director


    If I had been just a little more timely, I might have been able to ride the emotional wave of glory that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has thrilled us with over the past week. But maybe missing this opportunity provides for something greater... And maybe that is one of the lessons I can share today.


    Whether or not you are a fan of Michael Phelps, or the Olympic games, there are powerful lessons to learn from the stories behind the athletes.

    • Sacrifice
    • Commitment
    • Facing Adversity
    • Overcoming Adversity
    • Opportunity
    • Perspective
    • And much more


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    These are just a few of the things I think about when I am listening to the athletes tell their stories.


    While we all see the outcome of their efforts, many of us very rarely take a moment to consider what it took to get there. Like the judges and commentators, it is too easy to sit there and critique the athlete's performance. It's too easy to critique what they have done wrong, rather than on focusing all the things they have done right.


    I don't know if I could ever be an Olympic athlete... I don't know that I could sacrifice four years of my life, time away from my family, or the friends in life I have. But I do know that I could sacrifice these things for what I want.


    Pursue your dreams, but make sure they are yours after all. And above all else, regardless of what dreams you pursue or who you are cheering on, our victories are well-deserved, short lived, and often rarely celebrated on the national stage.


    Make each moment last, and remember that every one of us makes history each and every day. We may not break a world record, but we can certainly make a difference in someone's life (even if that life is our own).



Published On: August 20, 2008