Contributed by Noreen Sumpter, Personal Life Coach


“But right now, I have no goals; I’m just like a bum.” Usain Bolt.

They came, they conquered or were conquered.  They all achieved their goals to some degree, whether they won or lost. Some will play again and others will never compete at this level again. Some will go on to become coaches and train others to realize their Olympic dreams while others will leave the sport of their passion entirely.  Whatever they do in the aftermath of the Olympics, all of them are winners in their own right.

Michael Phelps is still the fastest man in water, and now to add to his list of accomplishments, he has broken the all-time Olympic Medal record.  The old record, won on land by gymnast, Larisa Latynina, was 18 and took 70 years to be topped. Michael’s record – 19 medals – was achieved in the water and who knows where or when it will be broken?

Phelps came and accomplished everything he and his Coach Bob Bowman set out to accomplish. His coach put him through many rigorous tasks that readied him for this achievement. One unorthodox training method included having Michael swim blind and only counting his strokes. Who knew? This approach proved to be invaluable in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Phelps’ goggles filled with water and he was literally swimming blind!

The fastest man in the world, All Day Everyday Usain Bolt, along with his team mates ran the 4×100 meters relay at a record-breaking pace of 36.84 seconds. Bolt himself achieved what no other track & field athlete has ever done; he defended his 100 mm and 200 mm Beijing gold medal victories!

What makes Usain Bolt so amazing?  Well, it is undeniable that he has all the physical skills possible to attain his goal.  But, the bigger question is what makes anyone of these elite athletes so amazing and powerful?  Yes they have the drive.  Yes they have developed the skill. Yes they have the passion.   There is one thing that they also have. They have coaches. The coach is mostly (except for the very rare exception) in the background, very rarely in the foreground. They help the athlete plans what’s next. They design drills that are practiced over and over again until they are planted, take root in the in the athlete’s minds and bodies and is reflected in their actions.  The Coach is the muscle behind the curtain and the athlete, who has placed their hopes and dreams in the hands of this person, is loved and respected by their athletes.  In the end, the athletes’ win is also their coaches’ win.

A coach will go to any length to train you to be your best and operate at your highest level of performance. A coach will stretch you in ways that you can never stretch yourself.  A coach enables you to be all and more of what you want to be; always in the background, knowing your game, making sure that you know your game.

Usain Bolt has conquered all his current goals.  He came to be a legend and he is now a legend.  He says, pertaining to what’s next for him, “Right now nothing. I’ve done what I wanted to do. My coach and I will discuss what we need to do. But right now, I have no goals; I’m just like a bum.”

“I’ve done something that no one has done before, which is defending my double title,” Bolt said. “Back to back for me, I would say I’m the greatest!”  One might say that of confidence is arrogant.  I would say that is a person that knows what he came to do and did it despite the media comments.  He fulfilled on the measure.  Confidence is something that gives you a sense triumph.  A Coach is someone that makes you triumphant.

What do all of these Athletes have in common?  Yes, they have coaches and they take the coaching. The coach keeps them out of their head and focused in the game.

  • Who keeps you out of your head and in your games in your life?
  • When things are not working, or working the way you want them to, what do you do?
  • How do you win in the games that you create for your life?  Do you quit at the slightest incongruence? Or do you just give up at the mere thought of what you think will take place?
  • Who helps you build the weak muscle in areas of your life that you would like to transform?

Having a coach will help you transform old patterns and limiting behaviors.  Find out more and read testimonials of the successes that I have helped my clients achieve and more.

  • What area of life are you tired of recreating over and over again?
  • What is the result that you’re not getting?
  • Are you waking up exhausted at the mere thought of another day being unfulfilled?
  • What are the wants, needs or desire that are not being fulfilled?
  • Are you doing the same thing over and over again looking for a different result?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, now is the time to take Action! Get a coach that can have you be accountable and have you develop the confidence to go after your very personal Olympic dream.

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