I saw two of the most amazing lessons on the olympics last night that I thought apply to everyone on a wellness path.
The first was from a snowboarder Kelly Clark's sports psychologist coach. Not everyone has the financing to afford a sport psychologist coach, so it is very lucky to hear and learn this lesson. The TV anchor was asking her how she stays motivated and how she deals with the pressure. The answer was simple. Her coach gave her two words, "I am." This simply means to stop looking at what everyone else is doing or telling you to do and focus on yourself and who you are and where you want to go. But the coach did not stop there. The coach told her to set a high goal and work very hard to get there.
And this leads to the second lesson. If you read the story about the German figure skating couple's team you will see that their path to gold was anything but easy. They both went through multiple partners over decades and the man had to learn German and pass a really hard citizenship test. Most of the athletes have the most amazing stories about how hard they had to work over years. Adam Rippon, the USA figure skater, is another example. He was willing to sleep in his coach's basement and eat apples because he had no money. He also failed getting on the team the first time around and worked another four years. That is eight years of really hard work. With that kind of work ethic he is already a winner.
When you see someone win the gold, google their story. I bet you will be surprised at the mountain they climbed just for the privelege to compete!
No matter your own goal or wish, write it down. Then be honest with how much work you have to do or what you have to change to get there! And remember the lesson of, "I am."
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. But after learning that the quality of a croissant directly varies with how much butter it has, Judy sought to challenge herself by coming up with recipes that were as healthy as they were tasty.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.