“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. All things are possible for those who believe.”
-Gail Devers, US Olympic Champion
Remember Gail Devers, the gorgeous American athlete who displayed super long and heavily decorated fingernails, bringing her own sense of style to track and field? I recall watching her in the 100-meter hurdles during the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Devers was ahead and then tripped (and fell) on the final hurdle. She ultimately finished 5th and Greece claimed the Gold medal for the first time since 1912.
Devers, just two-years before the 1992 games, was diagnosed with Graves Disease, a serious thyroid disorder, which required painful radiation treatment with brutal side effects. Never being one to give up, less than 17-months after doctors had considered amputating her feet, she came back to win the Gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Olympic Games, in Barcelona. So, her stumble in the 100-meter hurdles seems small compared to the health issues she had to overcome.
I use Devers as example, because I believe the world of sports offers lessons on how to live life in the most effective ways. Hurdles are a part of life. We may clear some of them with ease. However, other hurdles may cause us to fall. The determination to get back up and keep going is what separates a life of quality from a life of misery.
A life of quality is the only path for me! This has everything to do with attitude and fortitude. The attitude that I am open to learning (no matter what the situation) and the fortitude to get back up every time a hurdle directs me down.
To stay on track, I (daily) connect to what I call my “Authentic Assets.” These are my internal riches: qualities describing who I am that direct me in the external world. My authentic assets include faith, courage, determination, compassion, and honesty. When I stand in front of the mirror, I look at my reflection and say an affirmation using these assets. I breathe deep and stand strong before the mirror, and then, I declare love for the woman I see looking back at me. After all, how many times in the day do we, as women, take a moment to love ourselves?
From where I sit, the answer is “not enough!” And so, I write to inspire women to love themselves more, to take time to discover their inner brilliance and that place of power bubbling on the inside. Gail Devers identified that power and we can too.
“All things are possible for those who believe.”
Look at your personal assets, are they authentic or synthetic? Claim what is genuine, there’s no time for artificial. Know your assets, speak them, and then go out and live them! Face the hurdles of life with elegance and grace. Love yourself while you run!
Authentic Asset Affirmation (I share mine knowing that you will create a magnificent one of your own):
Today, I AM faith. I AM courage. I claim the brilliant and awesome power that lives within me. This power IS me. It breeds determination for a life that is exceptional and filled with endless possibility. Compassion travels through each of my cells and awakens me to my life purpose. Honesty flows from my mouth, allowing me the opportunity to grow and develop into the woman I am destined to be. I say it, I OWN it!