London 2012 ended last night and I had to share the above video showing all the highlights set to a lovely cover of Imagine. I think two words describe these games for me – inspiration and imagination. I’ve already talked about how us writers can learn from the determination and dedication of athletes , how we should go for gold like them and chase our teams, and how we shouldn’t let anything set us back – they break limbs and still win!
But I think the Games offer more than this – in the opening and closing ceremonies you could really see the essence of imagination – and having a vision and seeing it through so your dreams can take flight. And the image of all the nations last night dancing and celebrating side-by-side shows that some things will always unite us and moments of joy and peace are stronger and worth more than a million wars.
Some of the moments in these Games will never be forgotten. The image of Judo gold winner Gemma looking up to the sky and saying “I love you Mum” was incredibly moving. As was the cyclist Gold medalist Jo Rosewell who suffers with alopecia but stood proudly without her wig to collect her medal. Kath Granger who had won three silvers racing for gold with pure class. Tom Daley jumping into the diving pool with his team mates to celebrate his bronze knowing his father would be so proud. Chris Hoy who cried collecting his medal knowing his achievements will go down in history. Andy Murray finally winning at Wimbledon. And that was just team GB. I could go on and on.
Mostly I saw how chasing your dream can be a tough road filled with potholes and self-doubt but it’s worth fighting for. And if you believe and you work hard there’s nothing stopping you from making your dreams come true.
So thanks London 2012 – job well done.
Posted by Victoria-writes on August 13, 2012
I seem to be learning at lot from the Olympics. Watching yesterday, the commentators talked about the preparation of swimmers – that getting their mental state ready is just as vital as their physical shape. They visualise their goals – even picturing the arena and the crowd, what it will feel and sound and look like, and then seeing themselves coming first and putting the medal around their necks. It’s often said that having a positive attitude reaps rewards but this preparation is more than that – they imagine their success and work towards it.
Well, us writers have pretty good imaginations. So, should we be visualising like an athlete does? Should we imagine what The Call from an agent will be like, how we will sign our book deal, and how our book will look on the shelf of our local book store? Could this help us make those things happen? If I’m honest I’ve been feeling stressed this week, wondering if my work will pay off in the end, endlessly checking my email and phone for a response from an agent, and staring at my new WIP unsure if it’s any good or not. My positive attitude is hiding. And I can see that if you let yourself fret about it all, you start to lose sight of your goal and start to talk yourself out of it.
I need to work on my focus for my end goal. To not worry about what’s happening right now but just see the finish line, and believe not just hope that I’ll get there soon. This is far from easy. I feel a bit silly visualising my book in Waterstones but maybe it will be the key to that happening one day. After all, these athletes are winning their medals so they must have some clue as to what it takes to be a winner.
I’ll let you know if my visualisation works
Do you visualise your goals?
Posted by Victoria-writes on August 2, 2012