An attitude like Shane Lowry’s can make any journey enjoyable. But only if that’s part of our approach.
“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.
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.
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 live in Mallorca, Spain and I’m not sure there are better places.” – Rafael Nadal, Tennis Star.
I was fortunate to have spent the weekend on the island of Mallorca, in the Mediterranean..
“The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today.” – Tiger Woods.
I remember when Tiger Woods won his first US Masters in 1997, which at the time was also his first ever major win.
He won by a remarkable 12 shots ahead of the runner up.
I remember being inspired by this young man who was nothing like this golf had ever seen. He transformed the way young players today approach the game i.e. as an athlete. Pre-Tiger, things like physical and mental fitness were not seen as being relevant. Now they are seen as essential.
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV. It’s easy to despair at goings on in the world…. But as is typical, often in the worst of circumstances we will always see inspirational examples of courage.
A while back two people going through the same experience in an organisation were sharing their perspectives with me, independently. What was amazing was that their experiences were the polar opposite.
Person One was positive. Person Two negative. Same situation, same circumstances – but very different perceptions of what was going on.
“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” – Anonymous. In my experience, everyone (regardless of achievements) has something important that they haven’t started into yet.
I remember thinking ‘I wish I was like him’. The ‘him’ in question was a successful entrepreneur who seemed to have it all. We had met while doing a show with a local drama group and I was always impressed by his positive attitude and great sense of humour. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and he was always – and I mean always – the life of the party.