One of the best ways to get motivated and stay motivated is to constantly read about people who overcame great odds to accomplish great things. Doing so makes you look at your own reasons for not changing your life and more importantly, it makes you realize that you are the only one holding yourself back from leading a happy, fulfilling life.
Wilma Rudolph was an Olympic champion and was the fastest woman of the 1960s. So what? What’s that big deal?
Well, she contracted polio as a child at a young age and ended up with infantile paralysis…then SHE taught herself to run. She ended up bringing home 3 gold medals from the Olympics.
Wilma had it rough from the start. She was had a premature birth and weighed only 4.5 lbs. She was the 20th of 22 children. Her parents were hardworking blue collar folks. It was at the age of 4 that Wilma was afflicted with infantile paralysis .
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She ended up wearing a leg brace on her left leg (which had become twisted as a result) until she was nine! She was required to wear an orthopaedic shoe for support of her foot for another two years. As if that all wasn’t enough she continued to battle bouts of polio and scarlet fever until she was twelve.
Wilma taught herself to run and wanting to follow in her big sister’s footsteps she made the basketball team in high school. From there she was discovered by Tennessee State track and field coach, Ed Temple. Temple helped set Wilma on a path to track and field greatness.
You may have great odds in your own life. You may have a lot of weight you want to lose, you may have long-standing chronic injuries, you may no longer consider yourself a spring chicken, the list could go on and on…realize that these are YOUR excuses.
You are capable of accomplishing great things if you don’t let these obstacles stop you. The path around these barriers is yours to find. Just like Wilma, no one does it alone. There is always a coach, friend, or helping-hand of some sort that will appear on your journey to help you along and show you the way.
But you must start the journey, look for the solution, and find what works best for you.
You are capable of great things. Now all you have to do is just begin.