August '08 cannot come soon enough because I'm such a big fan of the Olympics. I find it inspiring to watch the best of the best athletes compete to be the best in the world. I remember when I was 9 years old; I spent some time with one of Kenya's best middle distant runners who won the gold medal in the steeplechase. I recall asking how he became so good and his answer was because he believed in his heart and his mind that he was the best and simply matched his training with his belief. That was my first lesson in being a great athlete "You get what you expect!"
Over the years I've come to learn that belief is about raising your expectations which in turn raises your standards. Belief is that hidden force that determines what you try or fail to try to accomplish. It speaks to us at the depth of our being about what we are capable of and the impossible becomes possible with a change in beliefs.
At age 41 even after being mother of a 2 year old Dara Torres who had retired from competitive swimming believed she should compete and represent the US at the Beijing Olympics and that she did in grand fashion last week by breaking U.S records. She is now the fastest swimmer in America and next month she will be the first swimmer male or female from the United States to compete in five Olympics 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008.
Before a huge crowd that included two-year-old Tessa,
Torres took the 50 free in a U.S.-record time of 24.25
When you see a story like Dara's, please don't just say, "Wow, she is amazing, she is beating people half her age!" I also want you to see your potential that you have it within your grasp to be at the top and the best of your game regardless of how old you are. The lesson still holds true, simply believe it in your heart and mind and match your training to your belief.
Move Your Body, Move Your Life
Published On: July 12, 2008