You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
I’m sure all of you saw this quote on the front page of this site. I chose it on Sunday August 17th, 2008 after he won his 8th gold medal at the Beijing Olympics and became the most successful Olympic athlete of all time. This quote sort of sums up the things that I try to accomplish on this site – that is to push me (and you) to my limits to do the things that I need to do, should do, but often don’t want to do or don’t think I can do. Michael Phelps is an inspiration. He has shown us that with hard work and perseverance, we can achieve great things.
Too often, we get bogged down in the day to day details of life and forget to look forward. By looking forward and envisioning where we want to be, we can lay out a plan to get there. Michael Phelps’ story is all about bootstrapping himself up. He came from a divorced home, was ridiculed for having big ears, was bullied, and was diagnosed with ADHD. One teacher told his mother during a parent-teacher interview that ‘Your son will never be able to focus on anything.’ And yet, he had a passion. He could focus on swimming. His tall body and long arms were perfect for the sport. He made dreams for himself, and he dedicated his life to making them a reality.
Obviously, he didn’t do it all by himself. He has an amazing mother, and a great coach. But those people don’t tell us what to do; they push us, train us, focus us, but they don’t FORCE us. You probably can’t be an Olympic athlete (Phelps began swimming when he was only 7) – but then again, you probably don’t really WANT to be an Olympic athlete either. However, there is something that you DO want to be. Perhaps it is a small business owner (or a large business owner), or a lawyer, or just being the best Dad or Mom that you can be.
What are your dreams? What’s holding you back from achieving them? Are they real, or imagined? How can you overcome the obstacles in front of you? When things are truly important to us, we can find a way to overcome anything.
Just ask Michael.