Watching the 2014 Olympic interviews and wrap-up, the thing I repeatedly heard our Canadians say is how glad they were to contribute to the medal count, great appreciation for their team mates, and how many surgeries it took to get there.
That last one surprised me. One ski jumper had come through seven knee surgeries and an ankle surgery, and still took bronze. That made me ask what I’m letting stop me from my goals.
Is it resistance to change? Or maybe a lack of focus? (ADD will do that to you.) What excuses do we lean on like familiar chair, when we really need to stand up?
That’s what the Olympics symbolize to me. Reasons vs Excuses. Perception vs Reality. Find your limits then push them. This helps you find what you excel at. And find your balance.
As one quote goes, “Power is useless without control”.
That brings me to meekness. So many people understand meek to mean mild-mannered, soft, under-spoken, and easily over-rode… but the literal meaning of Meek is strength under control. You know, like Superman.
“Men sometimes speak as if humility and meekness would rob us of what is noble and bold and manlike. O that all would believe that this is the nobility of the kingdom of heaven, that this is the royal spirit that the King of heaven displayed, that this is Godlike, to humble oneself, to become the servant of all!”
― Andrew Murray, Humility
What does it take? Forbes.com has this to say about it:
I would add one thought to their article. It’s a common saying here – there is no such thing as an unassisted goal.