Who can forget the epic success of the great sprinter Usain Bolt, the Jamaican native who has won eight Olympic goal medals, who is an 11 time World Champion, and rightfully considered the fastest man in the world. The “Lightening Bolt”, as Usain is often referenced, is the only man or woman to win the Olympic 100 three times. He is also considered the greatest sprinter of all time.
I am fascinated by not only Usain “Lightening Bolt”, but all sprinters. I am inspired by their determination, their will to win, their speed, and their focus. Hence, the title of this post “On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!”
Usain Bolt is quoted as saying shortly after his epic wins “Somebody said I could become immortal.” This coming from a young man with such humble beginnings, born in Treelawny, Jamaica, where his parents owned a small supermarket. Usain rose from those humble beginnings to become the greatest and fastest sprinter of all time. He believed in his dreams of greatness, he pursued those dreams and attained them, in my opinion, over and above what he could ever imagine. There will probably never be another Usain Bolt in our lifetime.
One of my mantra’s in life is if you believe it, you can achieve it. Dream big, work hard, pace yourself, and your dreams can come true. We may not have the ability to win eight gold Olympic metals like the Lightening Bolt, but we can achieve greatness in our own right.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go is said to sprinters just as they prepare to take off on their race. I love this saying, as I feel we can all apply this to our own lives by following a few key steps.
- On Your Mark – Get in your lane. Set your sights on greatness by positioning yourself for success. Stay in the position of greatness. Focus on what you hope to achieve.
- Get Set – Start your position. Identify your goals and get set to make them happen. Muster up all of the courage within you to prepare to run the race of your life to achieve your goals.
- Go! – Take off after your dreams. Run the race. Go after your dreams. Give it your all. Try your best, as your best is enough. Go! Go! Go!
Let’s get on Our Mark, Get Set, and Go! You can do it because you are awesome and capable in your own right, with your own unique set of gifts, abilities, and sheer willpower.
Let’s Go! Watch out World.