With the Olympics going on in Russia , I have thought a lot about the athletes in competition. What they have done to get to the level they are at right now, competing in front of the world for a gold medal. Some of these athletes’ whole lives have led up to this moment, when the whistle blows or the gun fires and they finally have a chance to show everyone back home what they have been working for, and how hard they are willing to fight to get it.
When most people watch the Olympics on TV they may be amazed at how fast people can ski, or how high skaters can jump. But what I am most impressed by is the background work, their dedication to their sport in all the years leading up to the games. I have so much respect for these athletes who were willing to give up a lot to get to where they are today.
When you are an elite athlete, or elite in any profession, you don’t live like other people who aren’t chasing a dream. You are always focused on your dream and you make sure everything you do is going to help you accomplish that dream, if it doesn’t help, it isn’t worth your time. When athletes are in training I’m sure they pass up opportunities to do things that are good, like going out with their friends or taking the night off to relax with their families, to attain something that is great, their gold medal.
They are so dedicated to their dream and their goals that people might even think they are a little crazy. But people should think they are crazy, because people without a dream don’t know what its like to have one. When you have a dream that you really believe in and are willing to give up everything for, its not hard to give up the good things for the great. Most people don’t understand that, and wont ever understand that because they don’t have that kind of passion in their life.
When Raylene and I were running for our goal of financial freedom, never being financially obligated to go to work 40 hours a week, people thought we were crazy for giving up some of the things we did. We didn’t go home to visit our family for years, and it wasn’t because we didn’t love them or didn’t miss them, we did for sure, but we knew if we stuck it out and accomplished out goals, we could see them whenever we wanted. We missed family events, we missed things that our friends invited us to. They would have been good to go to, we would have had fun, we would have laughed and enjoyed ourselves, but they would not have helped us secure our financial future. That was the main goal. We listened to our coaches, Claude and Lana Hamilton, and by sticking to our main goal and sacrificing the good for the great we are now able to spend every minute we want with our son Beau. We never have to go to a job again, trading time for money while paying someone to watch our child. We get to raise him ourselves.
When you live like this, you should make others really uncomfortable because you’re always talking about your dream and your goals. I’m sure the Olympic athletes, in the years leading up to the games are constantly talking about and visualizing their goals, winning their medal, standing on the podium and hearing their national anthem play. Talking about these things would make others without any goals really uncomfortable. This feeling, I believe, comes from the realization that everyone has a choice. A choice to be great or be average. Olympic athletes have chosen to be great, they have picked something and devoted their lives to it. We all have a choice to excel at something, but some people don’t make that choice. Their discomfort is a feeling that comes from knowing they could be doing more than they are. Sometimes that discomfort is enough to motivate them into making a choice, setting a goal and running after a dream.
I encourage you to get a dream, make some people uncomfortable, and run after it with everything you’ve got.