Role models

“You can have anything you want – if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish anything you set out to accomplish – if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose,” Robert Collier. It is easy to doubt oneself and what we can accomplish. Most of us has at some time in life met people who have told us that we are not worthy, or useless. It can be a parent, teacher, partner, colleague, relative or a “friend”. The next time you feel it is no point in even trying because you will fail anyway give yourself 5 minutes to stop that train of negative thoughts. Take a deep breath and shift your thoughts to all the athletes who are competing in the London Olympics right now. They did not get a ticket to the Olympics by giving up when life got tough. Instead they have been practicing their skills every day for years. And when they fail, which they do on occasion they make the necessary changes that needs to be done to succeed in their chosen field. Athletes are great people to study, pick your favorite and adapt their methods and strategies until they work for you. //Marianne

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8 responses to “Role models

  1. The athletes are under such great pressure. It must be very difficult to have millions or billions of people watching you.

    Our role models can come from all walks of life. I was in the store the other day and a customer was giving a cashier such a hard time. Yet the cashier was so polite and under control. She handled the situation so calmly. Most of us would have spouted back.
    We all can’t be successful athletes, but we can all try to be successful with what we do.

    • You’re giving a great example of a role model, and we can find them in all areas of life. It’s always a good idea to keep your eyes open for everyday role models, :). Athletes are great to study because it’s easy to measure their success, and they also perform under a lot of pressure. When they fail, or get injured they still find a way back to the top. Being successful doesn’t automatically mean that you have to win a gold medal. Someone who comes last may be a bigger winner, because they had bigger obstacles on the way to their personal success.

  2. I regret to admit that I’ve barely glimpsed the olympics, as I am rarely around televisions, and my online time has been way too short. You are so right about practicing a skill every day for years, which reflects my words when people see my paintings and sigh, “I wish I could do something like that…”
    Great post, and I hope to be catching up soon! Z

    • Lisa, I’ve just explained to “mixedupmeme” why athletes are great role models for us to study, and you don’t have to be interested in sport to study them, :). I on the other hand happens to love the Olympics. I’m soon going to watch the swimming… Yes, practice make perfect like your wonderful paintings, :). See you soon!

  3. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo contigo, se pueden conseguir las cosas, aunque cueste muchísimo, yo lo estoy intentando, gracias Marianne, muchos besos

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