I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” —Nadia Comaneci, gold-medal gymnast
People are afraid of uncertainty. People are afraid of scenarios where they have no idea what to do when the scenario happens. If you understand the cause of your fear by facing it, putting thoughts to it and spending time with it, you shouldn't stay being afraid of it. Moreover, you will be able to craft your own demonstration to overcome the fearful situation by understanding the fear actively every day. Human potential is maxed out of adversity and tragedy more often than a happy and peaceful state of mind. The key is to learn how to have the toughness to keep coming back to your craft while finding peace and joy in any tough journey called life.
Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.” —Nancy Kerrigan, bronze and silver-medal figure skater
It's really easy to only show up when times are good. What really hard is to keep showing up when things are tough and give all the credits to the supporters when things are good. Your success does not have to be recognized by anyone. Your life is fulfilled and meaningful if your life helps other people whether that is recognized or not. That is what the true leader does.
If you think you’re done, you always have at least 40 percent more.” —Lauren Crandall, Olympic field hockey player
Prepare to push harder when you think you really did it all. No one gives a shit if you give your 100%. Stand up and keep going until you win.
I wouldn't allow myself to obsess over the physical pain or the heartbreak of missing the games; I wanted to focus on what I could, do—get ready to come back in 2010. —Noelle Pikus-Pace, Skeleton Racer, after suffering an accident four months before the 2006 Olympics forcing her to forgo the games
Sometimes letting things go is very hard. In some cases, your life might even depend on it. This could be letting go of your loved ones, family members, your company, your dream job... People tend to have an illusion that they have something to lose. But life goes on regardless of the events you face. in the short term, an event could seem a tragedy but in the long term, the event might turn into your strength and advantage. Because of your pain, you might work harder on your next event. Let's just let it go, be present, and focus on what you appreciate. There is a good time after a bad time. Life is balance.
If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win. —Carl Lewis, Track and Field
I once heard of this saying that racers are told not to think about a wall to crash into because if they did, they will crash into the wall. If you focus on what you don't want that is what you get. If you focus on what you want, that is what you get.