Olympic stories are both inspirational and transformational

There are three lessons from Allyson Felix’s incredible performance at the London Olympics on Wednesday, August 8.

The first is an affirmation that nobody “ever achieved worthwhile success and not at one time or another find oneself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure”. Actually, in most cases, both feet may have hung on the brink. In the previous two Olympics, Allyson faced disappointment; even choking back tears at the Beijing Olympics.

From that experience comes the second lesson. She refused to follow other people’s opinions but believed in herself. As she put it, “Everyone just expected me to give up…” Most people permit relatives, friends, and the public at large to so influence them that they cannot live their own lives.

The third lesson is her steadfast determination, her sheer desire to reach her goal – a quality we commented on earlier in the example of Oscar Pistorius. As Napoleon Hill noted: “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat”.

We can actually learn a fourth lesson from Allyson Felix, and that is her enthusiasm. She is described as “the athlete who has consistently stood out as a smiling trustworthy exception in a sport that has nearly buried itself under the weight of doping scandals…”.This is what integrity means.

Because of this attitude and determination  she was able to see a purpose in her experiences – including the disappointments. She said, “I think it was all for a purpose. It kept me motivated and it made this moment very special…”.

Allyson Felix has indeed been transformed by her experience and so have we.

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How the world is transformed one individual at a time

When a pebble drops into a water pond, it produces a ripple effect. A small ring forms where it falls, then widens and spreads out into wider and wider rings. That is the picture Christine Kloser portrays in her new book, Pebbles in the Pond, published by Transformation Books, May 20, 2012.

What Christine Kloser has done in this book is to compile real life-changing stories from 46 contributors, among them, best selling authors and simply visionaries who faced and even embraced some formidable challenges and moments of trial and uncertainty in their lives.

As a result, they discovered their calling in life, a discovery they would not have found without the life experience. At times it is in hindsight that blessing is seen in those situations which may have even terrified us.

The contributors in the book are telling their stories because transformation extends far beyond the individual. When one life is transformed, it can lead to transformation of another life. That is the ripple effect of a pebble.

Every single story in this book is inspiring and uplifting. The diversity of the contributors and the range of their experiences make Pebbles in the Pond a mirror of how the world can be transformed one individual at a time.