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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