This post is motivated by Olympic Athlete, Oscar Pistorius
When I want something, when I really want something, I think hard…how do I achieve this?
Everyday alive is a blessing. Sometimes in this life we find ourselves face with obstacles, i find my self faced with obstacles. To some, their obstacles are man made, others they born with obstacles. But its our ability to deal with it, overcome this obstacles that make us a better person, that makes us who we are, a mentor/role model to someone else.
Its a saturday, and though I haven’t really followed the 2012 London Olympics, I found my self glued to the screen watching on of the news channels. The were doing an Olympics special spotlight on Athletes who have made a difference. Although top on the list was Usain Bolt….hmm, let me not get distracted. Then they started to talk about this male runner, Oscar Pistorius.
Oscar Pistorius also known as the “Blade Runner” and the “fastest man on no legs” was born on the 22nd of November 1986 (Age 25). He is a South African sprint runner. Born without a fibula in both legs, Pistorius was only 11 months old when his parents made the heart-wrenching decision to have his limbs amputated below the knee. He says he never really knew anything different. As a child, he announced to his father that one day he would play in the Super 8 rugby event, a sign of the ambition and determination that would characterize his future approach to life. He did indeed play rugby, water polo and tennis as a schoolboy. Then, in January 2004, Pistorius shattered his right knee on the rugby field. Doctors recommended he switch to track events. He is the world record holder for T44 in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Össur. He competes in T44 (single below knee amputees) events though he is actually classified in T43 (double below knee amputee). In 2007, Pistorius took part in his first international competitions for able-bodied athletes. However, his artificial lower legs, while enabling him to compete, have generated claims that he has an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. The same year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended its competition rules to ban the use of “any technical device that incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides a user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device”. The federation claimed that the amendment was not specifically aimed at Pistorius. After monitoring his track performances and carrying out tests, scientists took the view that Pistorius enjoyed considerable advantages over athletes without prosthetic limbs. On the strength of these findings, on 14 January 2008 the IAAF ruled him ineligible for competitions conducted under its rules, including the 2008 Summer Olympics. This decision was reversed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 16 May 2008, the Court ruling overall there was no evidence that Pistorius had any net advantage over able-bodied athletes.
Although eligible to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Pistorius did not qualify for the South African team. Despite achieving third place and a personal best time of 46.25 seconds in the 400 metres in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 16 July 2008, this was short of the Olympic qualification time of 45.55 seconds. He was also not selected by the South African Olympic Committee for the 4 × 400 metres relay team as there were four other runners who had achieved better times. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, he took the gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (T44) sprints.
With his 400 metres time of 45.07 seconds on 19 July 2011, he achieved the “A” qualifying standard for the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Summer Olympics. At the Championships, he participated in the 400 metres sprint and the 4 × 400 metres relay. He was eliminated in the semi-final of the 400 metres sprint (finishing last with a time of 46.19 seconds), but, as part of South Africa’s silver medal winning relay team, he became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal although he was not selected for the final. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics when he entered the men’s 400 metres race and was part of South Africa‘s 4 × 400 metres relay team.
Read more: Oscar’s Bio
Life is filled with ups and downs, opportunities that we should take advantage of and obstacles that we overcome, learn from and hopefully make us stronger. Some obstacles are artificial, while some, well some we are born with. Obstacles come in different forms, different shapes and different sizes. But our ability to not let it define us determine who we are.
And most important, see the word IMPOSSIBLE as I’M POSSIBLE
1. Faith: Faith can take you along way in life. to have faith you must trust in God, believe that without him you are nothing. How do you build on this, through reading and understanding the Bible daily and also through prayer.
2. Think Right: Stop thinking can’t and start thinking can. Think like an optimist. The first encouragement comes from you. If you don’t believe in yourself, in your dream, in your idea, how would the next person.
3. Passion: Be passionate about what you believe in.
4. Utilise Available Resources: Open your eyes to what is available. You must begin to network with people around you.
5. No Procrastination: Its about now. Once you have faith, your thinking is alined and you have made efforts to capitalise on the resources around you. Its time for action.
This is one post that I probably should read myself. Sometimes I come up with great ides, but with no will power to actually see it through. What is my obstacle, comfort. Yes Comfort. Sometimes I get super motivated to do something, but I get half way or near the drawing bored and I think to myself, why do I want more when am okay with what I have…..That is my obstacle or maybe I just have not yet found something that am so passionate about that this comfort fades and passion for success and achievement takes over.
Whats your obstacle