Contributed by Noreen Sumpter, Personal Life Coach


The spirit of the Olympics is tantamount to what it means to be fully vested in life.  I love the commercial that says, “Luck does not get you to the Olympic games.  You can’t wish your way onto the podium.  You can’t buy it or hope for it. It’s not enough to dream about it.  Luck did not get me to London, I swam here.”  You have to believe in yourself enough to take action.

I watched the Fab Five – Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney –  dominate the Olympic team finals.  In an interview, it was clear to me that the Fab Five was clear about their future.  They believed in themselves.  And today, they are at the Olympics.  They’ve won the gold and fulfilled their dreams that were created when they were children watching the Olympics.

The Olympic motto – “Citius, Altius, Fortius” – is a Latin expression meaning, “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. Ideals are further expressed in the Olympic creed:

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

How did all of these athletes make it to the Olympics? They believed in themselves.  They had people who believed in and stood for them.  They created their plan, did the work, believed in themselves and followed their Olympic dream.

If you are waiting for someone to give you what you want, then you are not taking responsibility and, you must accept that you are turning over your power to another person.  In what areas of your life are you waiting for something to be to your liking? Do you get upset because – your boss has not given you what you want? Your partner does not want you to be you? Your money is not the way you want it to be?  Take the initiative and start believing in you.  It is up to you to increase your productivity and improve your performance.   Everything that you want is in your own hands.

Be willing to give yourself permission to do what you want with your life.  Keeping in mind that your life is not linear, what are the things that you need to go for your dreams and still have a full life? After all, the rest of your life is still important—relationships have to maintained, money has to be made, work has to be done, your health has to be taken care of, fun has to be had, vacations to be created. (You can’t forget vacations!) There are no real excuses for not living your dreams, only the excuses you make up that stop you from taking action. There are still, and will only ever be, 24 hours in the day—what you do with them is entirely up to you.

Blaming people, places and things for your inability to take the necessary action to go for the things you say you want is your way of saying and believing that you cannot have what you desire.

Comparing yourself with others, making them wrong for their accomplishments and feeling inadequate for not achieving what others might have means you are not taking responsibility for what is important to you. In life, your timeline does not have to agree with anyone else’s.  Just because another’s timeline of achievement is not in alignment with yours, does not mean the other person is bad or wrong or that you are not good enough. All it means is it’s different from yours. Different is never bad or wrong.

Check in with yourself. Are you holding yourself back?  Hiding who you really are? Pretending to be something other than who you are?  Not sharing yourself and what is important to you? Feeling fearful, hurt, upset and living in the past while pretending you’re present?  Believe in yourself and remember, you are the captain of your ship and any success you desire truly comes from you. Citius, Altius, Fortius – Faster, Higher, Stronger! Or, as they say in Hip Hop, Go Hard!

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Noreen Sumpter, Personal Life Coach: works with High Achievers who feel trapped in their private life.  They lack personal confidence and self-esteem. By helping them clear mental clutter and dissolve limiting beliefs, they can take deliberate steps, own their voice, speak their truth and have the freedom to live life their way.  “Live Life Your Way” 

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