Harnessing the Olympic Spirit

Harnessing the Olympic Spirit!

Don’t you ever wonder what makes an Olympian?  What is it that they tell themselves day in and day out, through the blood sweat and tears of training. What it is that motivates them after a devastating loss and brings them fighting back towards victory.  How do they cope and even thrive with the chronic pain and often injury that comes with this kind of intense training.  What gets them out of bed on those days when the mountain seems too big to climb and the goal is perhaps 4 or more years away?

I want to know, don’t you?  The best way to answer these questions comes, without a doubt, directly from the mouths of the athletes themselves. So we at Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, would like to share some inspirational quotes and words of wisdom from some of the 2012 Olympians that hopefully will help us all find the “Olympic Spirit” that is perhaps lying in wait inside of us.  This is the spirit that can help us make it through our toughest of days, hardest of trials, and darkest of hours, so that we may see the light at the end of the tunnel and reach for the dreams we hope to come true.

Some of our favorites quotes from this years Olympians…

“My message is to never quit, nevergive up. When you have a little trouble here and there, just keep fighting. In the end, it will pay off.” ~Gabby Douglas,Women’s Gymnastics, 2012 Gold Medalist in All-Around



“Adversity, if you allow it to, will fortify you and make you the best you can be.” ~Kerri Walsh Jennings, Women’s Volleyball and 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist

“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.” ~Michael Phelps, Men’s Swimming, 18 Gold medals, 22 Overall Medals…the most decorated Olympian in history.

“You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.” ~Oscar Pistorius, Men’s Running,  part of South Africa’s silver medal winning relay team,  first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal.

Being positive or negative are habits of thoughts that have very strong influence on life.  Reality is the mirror of your thoughts so choose well what you put in front of the mirror,  as we are sure the Olympians do.  We hope that these words of wisdom have been motivational, helping you find your own “Olympic Spirit” not only on days that you need it most, but everyday.  

We wish you all well, wherever you are and whatever your struggles may be!

Article by : Karrie Sundbom

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