Oh, the Olympics: the drama, the personalities, the extraordinary skills of these amazing athletes. Life-long dreams and visions either get dashed with a simple simple fall, or come alive and burst forth in the triumph of near perfection.
Then, there is there is the physical body. Evgeni Plushenko, 31, talented and in the Olympics for the fourth time, is beloved and adored by many in his Russian homeland. They shared his dream of winning the Gold for Russia, during the time when the Olympics are finally there on their own home turf. It simply wasn't to be. Only one day prior to his first solo performance, Evgeni fell and twisted his back during a practice. The next day, when his time came to perform he skated around the ice a few times and tried a simple jump. Then, on the landing felt something 'pop' in his lower back. He was in excruciating pain. Close-up, we saw him skate to the judges' table and with trepidation in his speech but surety in his mind, he announced to them that he wasn't going to be able to perform, and withdrew. He gave such heartfelt goodbyes to his country folk and fans, and saw a final, tragic ending to his skating career.
Jeremy Abbott is a stellar performer from the U.S. and has won 4 U.S. Championships. However, when competing in the Olympics, Jeremy was simply never able to perform very well. There were always falls and blunders. This year, even in the U.S. Olympic team event, Jeremy fell several times and received low scores, bringing his whole team's average down. Jeremy wasn't engaged in a battle with his body, he was engaged in a battle within his mind.
When the time came for Jeremy's individual long program event, on his first jump Jeremy fell and fell hard. By all appearances, he looked as if in such pain, no one knew if he would ever get up. But in that very moment of anguish, he changed his mind, and made a shift. You could see him, firmly choose to not be defeated by failure, and instead overcome. No matter what!
He went on to complete his routine, perfectly. He did so with such gusto and passion, you could practically see the light emitting from him. This was his moment of truth: do I have the will to triumph over my own fears?
Both Evgeni and Jeremy have something to teach us. Yes, you can be the rockstar of your world, but performing to reach the ideals of others can backfire. Are you working so hard for your own fulfillment or are you doing it to satisfy the expectations of others? Is there expectations of you somewhere in your life you need to let go of?
Jeremy overcame inner fears that had been plaguing him throughout his career. What kind of mental blocks are you retaining within, that are holding you back? How long are you going to keep holding them?
What is this costing you?
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