The Olympics are here. Forget, if you can, the corporate sponsorships, the politics, the social hoopla around them, and take a moment to think about ‘the hero’s journey’. Think about all the athletes who have worked, dreamed and sacrificed to be competing on a world stage. I guarantee you that for many of those athletes, there were people along the way who told them no, that they weren’t fast enough, talented enough, strong enough to be Olympians. But these athletes knew it in their gut that they could succeed. They trusted in their higher calling, their dharma, their fate (whatever you want to call it) and then they went to work. They trained hard, they trained smart and with passion. How do I know this? Because I’ve been lucky enough to know a few of these people.
Now think about your hero’s journey. Strip away all the social network chaos and politics around you. Disregard the status quo of who is supposed to achieve X,Y, Z because of connections, credits and status. If you feel in your gut that you are supposed to achieve something, then just trust in that and get to work. Don’t listen to those who tell you why your dream is unrealistic. And if you have to, because they are a part of your life, realize that it’s a reflection on them and their fears and then let it motivate you. (I had a boss in this biz once tell me that he knew that ‘special thing’ someone needed to be an actor, and that I DIDN’T HAVE IT. It just made me want to prove him wrong).
I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been said before. I simply want to share that the Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to validate and champion the dreams and goals we have. And to clear out the noise around us. Focus on the journey. See the ‘end of the track’ or the perfect landing. And celebrate your fellow ‘athletes’…we can be each other’s champions as well.
Be well and dream big! xo