I love the Summer Olympics and I’m sad to see them go. I love hearing how the athletes prepared for the games, the challenges they overcame, as well as the support they received from their families. I smiled every time the camera cut to the family of gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas. That is one proud mom! Their stories help me appreciate the significance of their accomplishments and motivate me as I think about my own goals.

So as we say goodbye to the athletes for these 2012 summer Olympics, I thought I’d share three things I’ve learned from this year’s Olympians.

  1. Stay Positive and You’re Golden.Jordyn Wieber, the reigning 2011 World Women’s All-Around Champion in Gymnastics, surprised everyone when she didn’t qualify for the individual all-around competition in London. You could see the disappointment on her face. I just wanted to give her a hug! But while that was a hard blow, she refused to let that setback keep her from leading her team to a gold medal in the team all around. There’s no way that would have happened if she had not focused on the positive. Her performance reminded me that it’s easy to beat ourselves up when we make a mistake. But staying positive and focusing on what needs to be done can help us reach our goals.
  2. The Impossible is Possible. Oscar Pistorius is a runner for South Africa who lost both legs below the knee when he was 11 months old. He runs with a pair of artificial limbs. Who would have thought that someone who lost both legs could ever race in the Olympics? His motto is “You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.” I couldn’t agree more.
  3. The Past Doesn’t Determine the Future. Michael Phelps made Olympic history by becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time. The previous record was held by Soviet Union gymnast, Larisa Latynina, winner of 18 gold medals! Her record stood untouched for more than 50 years, but Phelps proved that records are can be broken with enough dedication. The same is true for me and you.

So there you have it. These are some of stories that motivated me. How about you? Did you learn anything from watching this year’s Olympics? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.