5 motivational stories from athletes
Think about the challenges athletes face. They have to deal with grueling schedules, injuries, lost games, heartbreaking failures and personal adversities. If they are also women, they may have to face health problems due to irregular eating habits and menstruation, which in turn can aggravate bone loss.
Here is the story of 5 athletes who faced enormous challenges and refused to be defeated for life. If these stories don't motivate you, then I don't know what will!
1. Kieran Behan, gymnast
Imagine that they tell you that you will not be able to walk again. That's what the doctors told Kieran after remove cancer on the thigh at age 10.
The operation went very wrong, so bad in fact that she woke up screaming in pain from the massive damage to her leg. Until then he had been crazy about gymnastics and was determined to become an Olympic champion. But, How could he do it if he was going to have to be confined to a wheelchair his whole life?
Kieran began his long road to recovery. He was in the wheelchair for 15 months until he was able to go back to the gym. But within 2 months of returning he slipped off the high bar and suffered a terrible blow to the head. He missed a whole year of school. He had to retrain his brain.or and regain your coordination. He returned to school with a cane and his classmates made fun of him.
It took him 3 years to return to the state he was in before the terrible blow. And he also suffered several fractures. Then another bill came when his knee broke shortly after he was selected for the European championship. Behan said that at that point he was about to give up. But he did not, and in 2011 he managed to become the world champion of soil.
His greatest moment of glory was when he qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. He had become an Olympian. Gone are sus horrible traumas and setbacks.
2. Michael Jordan, basketball player
They say he is the best basketball player of all time. He attributes his success to his many failures because he has confirmed that they made him work harder.
It is true that failures do not sink you. When I was young I didn't even think I was talented. They expelled him from the team de school basketball. Jordan counted his failures and they include 300 lost games and 26 lost shots as well.
Most champions are discouraged by failure, but Michael Jordan viewed it as the recipe for success.
"I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but for me it is just an illusion ... Failure will make me try harder next time." Michael Jordan.
3. Bethany Hamilton, surfer
Bethany Hamilton was born in Hawaii so it is not surprising to learn that at age 7 she was already surfing the waves. In 2003, a terrible tragedy struck her when a shark ripped off his left arm.
While recovering made 2 promises to herself. The first was that he wasn't going to complain about his terrible misfortune and the second that he was going to get back on the surfboard.
Someone else would have resigned to failure, but Bethany Hamilton did not. Only 26 days passed and I was surfing again! She is now among the top 50 surfers in the world and won first prize at the NSSA national championships. It was not a bed of roses to get where it has come. He had moments of real frustration when he adjusted to his disability.
The accident helped him learn to overcome difficult moments, but above all he taught him to overcome his fear. Hamilton has also dedicated much of his life to being a role model for young disabled people. Has become an inspiration to many girls who suffer an amputation through your association Friends of Bethany (Bethany's friends).
AnnaSofia Robb and Dennis Quaid starred in the film Soul surfer (2011) that was inspired by her incredible story.
4. Muhammad Ali, boxer
Considered the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali won many awards, including the Golden Glove and an Olympic gold medal at the 1960 games in Rome. It has inspired many people for his career and way of life.
After retiring from the ring, he dedicated his life to philanthropy and charities, especially related to Parkinson's disease, which he also suffered from.
Ali was willing to risk. From the age of 12, when someone stole his bike, he assumed that no one else would steal anything from him again, so he learned how to fight. Many athletes go through a very difficult process to cope with perfectionism and your fear of failure. This often prevents them from reaching their full potential and slows them down. Anything but perfection and victory is taken as failure. And this only creates more tension and insecurity. Muhammad Ali was a great example of someone who takes calculated risks and it has remained an inspiration for many generations.
"He who is not brave enough to take risks will achieve nothing in life." Muhammad Ali
5. Michael Phelps, swimmer
Michael Phelps is considered the greatest Olympic swimmer of all time. Everyone thought that no swimmer would be able to win 8 gold medals in just one Olympics. Michael did exactly that and has 19 Olympic medals, 15 of which are gold!
What is remarkable about him is that as a child he suffered from ADHD. Most people assume that people with ADHD suffer from restlessness, impulsivity, and a very low attention span. But they also have an incredible ability to stay hyper-focused on an activity they are passionate about. Michael has been able to get a lot out of this by channeling his energy and focus. So much so that he has been able to exploit the positive side of ADHD.
Phelps has shown that he can beat the strongest and most disciplined swimmers in the world and is an inspiring example for anyone suffering from a mental disorder or other disability. Has another secret: visualize success before any race begins. He started with this custom at the age of 7. He realized that there are no limits to success and if you have passion for your goals nothing can stop you.
“Nobody is going to put a limit to what I am doing. I'm going to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. This is how I have always worked. If I want something, I go out to find it ”. Michael Phelps
Because after this the uphill doesn't seem so steep anymore? Cheer up! As always I wait for you in the next one. A big greeting and a hug, Andrea.
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