What Else Is Possible?

Millions watched Michael Phelps win another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London in his race to be named the greatest athlete of all time.  In each interview with the media, you could hear the unasked question-What Else is Possible Michael? Bob Costas, a veteran Olympic news presence, asked the question right after his historic last race, the 4×100 relay where Phelps won his 18th gold medal.

Michael Phelps said, “There are other things I can do. I think I will be able to sort of shift that competitiveness into any thing I put my mind to.”

It may be time for you to ask yourself-What else is possible in your life. Have you reached a goal, gotten to a pinnacle, or no longer feel stimulated in your routine? Then, stretch yourself. What other things can you do? Think about it. Push!

“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.”

~ Joann Thomas

Push upward, push yourself harder. Do more, discover latent talents, drive your passion.  Make the self-sacrifice so that you stretch your boundaries. Become a new champion. Don’t bend to habit and comfort-eliminate your limits and disturb your comfort.

Go for it-NOW.

Take these tips to stretch yourself:

  • Dream. Think real hard about what else is possible. There are not limits, think this is what I’d do if there were no obstacles, there was enough money, and you had no fear. What dream would you fulfill? James Allen, famous author of As A Man Thinketh, believed “that all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is a direct result of his own thoughts.” Therefore, dream with positive purpose.
  • Make a short list. Write one, two, or three stretch goals. Now remember a goal is a dream with a deadline. Get out some paper or use your Ipad to write your goals that have a deadline. Brian Tracy asserts that you must write your goals down. The purpose is two-fold; first writing a goals signals to your brain and the universe that you desire something different and second, it creates a visual record of your passionate desire that has a deadline.
  • Take action. No action, no result. Sure you can dream and yes you can write your dream(s) down, but without the commitment which is shown by your actions, nothing happens. Claude Bristol, in The Magic of Believing, emphasizes this over and over.   Women and men achievers, like Michael Phelps, take action.  Phelps completed 51 Olympic swims and swam nearly 10,000 meters and 198 lengths of the pool in Olympic races. What can you do?
  • Make a record. Record your achievements. The value of this is that it reminds you of what you have accomplished and allows you to see, feel and believe what you have yet to do.  Records guide achievement.

What else is possible? Only you know for sure.


Fantastic Friday: Cullen Jones

Cullen Jones

How do you become an Olympian?  Soon media attention will be focused on the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the spotlight will also be on Olympic gold medal winner, Cullen Jones.  He didn’t start out as a child prodigy swimmer. In the early years after his Mom enrolled him in swim classes after a near drowning almost twenty years ago, Cullen says he found himself plodding away in the outside lanes before his long hours finally paid off.

He will compete in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in London.  Jones is the third African-American to make the US Olympic swimming team after Anthony Ervin and Maritza Correia.  At the 2008 Olympic swimming trials, Jones broke the American record in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 21.59.  In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he won a gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay in a world record time of 3:08.24 with Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak and Garrett Weber-Gale and in 2009, Jones set the American record in the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis.

Swimming has paid off for Cullen Jones not only in the Olympic arena but also as a heartthrob role model who is getting national and international endorsements.  Cullen is excited about the sport of swimming and competing in a few weeks in London as a returning athlete swimmer. Jones likes being a role model for young black aspiring swimmers, something he did not have when he  began perfecting his strokes as a swimmer. In his early years, he was teased and bullied in his New Jersey neighborhood.

“Black children drown at a rate of more than three times that of white children, and a recent study sponsored by USA Swimming said that 58 percent of black children can’t swim. Jones didn’t realize the disparity in the sport until he was about 15 and started competing hard-core” writes ESPN reporter Elizabeth Merrill.  Jone is  on a mission to change that glaring statistic, one reason why he started the Cullen Jones Diversity Tour (www.cullenjones.com).

You become an Olympic swimmer one stroke at a time.