Olympic Dreams Unrealized – What To Do When Things Don’t Work Out The Way You Planned

“When you don’t give up, You cannot fail.” What amazing words of wisdom. Failure occurs only after you have given up because the opportunity to succeed is no longer there.

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.



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

10 thoughts on “Olympic Dreams Unrealized – What To Do When Things Don’t Work Out The Way You Planned

  1. bethkvogt says:

    I think it’s OK to cry when things don’t work out. Admit your disappointed. Acknowledge the pain. That Olympic athlete did (amazing video, isn’t it?) And then, yes, continue … that’s the mark of a winner. And winning isn’t always coming in first.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    So true, Beth! Letting yourself hurt without letting it determine your future… that is the heart of it. The video just made me realize how dedication comes through more in the unrealized dream sometimes than in just gold medals.

  3. Excellent advice, Michelle.

    There are a couple of additional things that keep me going: I watch Disney’s Meet the Robinsons–it’s all about pressing on through failure–even celebrating failures. The movie idea came from Walt Disney’s quote, “Keep moving forward.”

    Music also motivates me. I LOVE The Afters’ song, We Won’t Give Up. It’s guaranteed to pump you up & keep you moving forward: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2ddmincSys&feature=youtu.be.

  4. Alena Tauriainen says:


    I try to find out how to make lemonade from the lemons. Umm, sometimes I’m a bit grumpy, but really I try to laugh throughout it.

  5. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks for sharing the song, Brenda! I’m going to listen to it. Another great one is Sidewalk Prophets, “The Words I Would Say”.

  6. When disappointment hits, I try to remember, “And it came to pass…” All things, good and bad, come to pass. And like Alena, I try to find something good in it…which ain’t always easy.

  7. Michelle Lim says:

    Great words of advice, Pat. I love that phrase “It came to pass…”.

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