Here is one of the most inspirational Olympic moments of all times. Introducing Derek Redmond’s defining moment:
What a beautiful tribute to the heart of the Olympian. What about us as writers?
What we can do when things don’t work out the way we’d planned:
*Don’t give up. Determine that you will continue and finish the race laid out before you. Even through pain and tears. Even through rejection and self doubt. Dedicate yourself to finishing the race.
*Lean on our support system. When things are at an all time low, lean on friends and family that can get you through. Learn from them and draw strength from them to finish the race.
*Begin to run alone when you are ready. Derek Redmond’s father realized the importance of letting Derek finish the last little bit of the race alone. Raw determination and heart carried him over the toughest part of the journey.
*Give it your all. Don’t let discouragement and rejection taint your efforts for success. Give everything you have and there will be no regret for what might have been.
*Celebrate the moments of success with those that helped to get you there. The standing ovation of the crowd and Derek’s elation at finishing the race tells a lot about his personal strength. Celebrating what he’d achieved and not what he’d lost.