An attitude like Shane Lowry’s can make any journey enjoyable. But only if that’s part of our approach.
This time of the year is always a bonanza for sport.
And yesterday, tennis delivered an incredible match at Wimbledon between two of the greatest ever to have graced the game, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
“Part of what I will do is make this journey uncomfortable for you,
because the greatest teacher is adversity.”
The above words were what Jill Ellis said at her first meeting with the USA players after she had been hired as head coach.
Yesterday, five years after that meeting, the USA won the World Cup in women’s soccer for a record fourth time by beating The Netherlands, 2-0.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognise the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
I know quite a few ‘control freaks’… 🙂
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have
courage to lose sight of the shore.”
I recently wrote a blog post about an easy way to overcome overwhelm.
It was about a client who arrived at my Thrive Experience retreat only to tell me he wasn’t going to stay because he had “too much on”, and what happened next.
“I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but I’m leaving tomorrow morning.” These were the words from a client, five minutes after he’d arrived at The Thrive Experience, an annual retreat I run for leaders. The event runs over 2.5 days, so we hadn’t even officially begun and yet, he was telling me he was leaving.
Last Friday was a big day in our household, as my daughter Jane had a graduation ceremony last from her primary (junior) school.
Even though I’m pretty much bed-bound with my Achilles’ injury I was fortunate to be able to make it for the service as I really didn’t want to miss this milestone.
If you read my post last week, you will know where I ended up last Sunday.
In the A&E of a Dublin hospital.
But the story didn’t end there.
I had a super week off last week – where I was on a retreat of sorts which meant absolutely no technology. It was very refreshing and something that re-enforced the benefits of really ‘Time Out’.
I’ve long been an admirer of people who have chosen to climb mountains. I get the sense of adventure and achievement. Of building skills, of overcoming hardship and obstacles and developing the mental and physical strength needed to first, successfully summit and then, to come down the mountain.