The Power of One: Do You Have What it Takes?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Last weekend most of us here in Texas, much less the rest of the country, have never heard of the small hill country town of Rochelle, Texas. What put this tiny community on the map was a young lady by the name of Bonnie Richardson. She accomplished what no other person has ever done in the history of the Texas University Interscholastic League State Championships and that was to win back-to-back high school Class A state championships in track and field all by herself.

Yes, Bonnie Richardson was the entire girls’ track and field team from her small high school where the senior class numbered 14 students. She outscored all other 56 Class A schools, surpassing her closest competition by 2 points. After winning her first state championship last year she had no intentions of returning to the field until her coaches encouraged her to come back for another year, which thankfully she did. This young lady is not just a remarkable track and field athlete; she was also named valedictorian of her high school class and will attend Texas A&M University in the fall on a scholarship.

What I loved reading about Miss Richardson’s story is her complete desire to live her dream, even if that meant she had to go it alone. She is an inspiration to us all. The human spirit is such an indomitable force. When we believe we can achieve, it is amazing where this journey can take us. We may not always win, but we are far better off trying and doing our best than never having the courage to start.

Even when you feel the support for you is not there, trust me there will be many of us willing to walk this journey with you. However, you still have to put in the hard work and effort, but never underestimate the power of meeting your goals no matter how long it takes. Trust that others believe in you, even when it is difficult to believe in yourself. You do hold the power of one.

Do you believe you hold the power to change your life? Do you believe this journey is just a tad easier when others believe in you? Do you have what it takes to fulfill a dream?

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  • 77
    thank you for sharing...just what i needed :-)
    - 2/29/2012   5:04:51 AM
  • 76
    I do believe I have the power to change myself. I think it is ironic how I have that power but still struggle to enforce it. I think it is easier when people believe in you and join you and hearing about this young lady's success at a time in life when peer pressure is very influencial in good ways and bad and to see her do this by herself is great! - 6/26/2009   1:09:37 PM
  • SERENE27
    This story delivers an important message to everyone. "Faith in One Self". I like the sentence that said, When we believe we can achieve, it is amazing how the journey can takes us .

    Thanks for sharing with us, Nancy. - 6/21/2009   5:58:36 AM
  • ANNE49
    What a neat story! I have found over the last year, it's come down to Me and only me that can do it for myself. All the knowledge that has been put into my brain. It is now up to me! Pictures are a Great help for me. Thanks again Sparke People! - 6/20/2009   10:03:17 AM
  • 73
    That's an awesome story. What an amazing young woman.
    Thanks for sharing her story. - 6/17/2009   8:52:14 PM
  • CHLOE2112
    Everyone has the power to change their lives they just need to find out their own motivational trigger. Awesome story! - 6/17/2009   7:15:49 PM
    When we believe we can achieve, it is amazing where this journey can take us.

    - Love that line! - 6/17/2009   3:34:10 PM
  • NLG6266
    The power of one is amazing... Start with one goal for each day, or maybe a week. Do that one thing for the day, keep it up every day and see if it doesnt make a difference. Too many goals or too lofty goals are tough and can be a big dissapointment. Try doing one easy thing a day and see how they add up! Sucess is just one step away! Bless you all in reaching your goals! N GBU - 6/17/2009   2:14:29 PM
  • 69
    I have tried to "go it alone" in the past - and it has never worked. I've been so ashamed of my weight, and afraid that if I announced another weight-loss effort, I would compound the shame with failure when yet another diet didn't work. I'm slowly beginning to realize that I need to reach out at least to my husband and family, and maybe with their help I can succeed. - 6/17/2009   11:43:13 AM
  • 68
    I don't know if I have the power of one. The support of my family is my best medicine. Since I have been on sparks my husband hugs me more and tells me how proud he is of me. In the past I felt like I was walking alone. This time I asked for help. This time it is so easy with him backing me up. All I did was ask. So if the power of one is to know when I need help. I guess I have it. If the power of one is to be totally independant I don't have it. - 6/16/2009   8:49:02 PM
  • 67
    Great Story! - 6/16/2009   5:23:29 PM
  • 66
    I love the story about this girl. I heard she was slightly disappointed that she could not branch out into other events like vaulting. She could not get enough support in her community to build a vaulting pit. I am so excited that she will be coming to A&M in the fall. I wish her all the best. - 6/16/2009   3:21:11 PM
  • 65
    All we have to do is start our journey and see where it takes us. - 6/16/2009   12:40:40 PM
  • 64
    I believe I am the only one who has power to change my life. Others can come through and give me opinions or advice, but I'm the one that does the work and knows how I feel. When others believe in me, it helps the process. It's when people don't notice or don't seem to contribute their comments or thoughts when I do a good job that makes me work the hardest.
    I do haev what it takes to fulfill a dream - I just have to focus on mine! - 6/16/2009   10:57:20 AM
  • SREDDE01
    Great story! - 6/16/2009   9:48:57 AM
  • 62
    I do have the power to change my life and fulfill my dreams. I have done it and will continue to dream and achieve. Having others believe in you is helpful. I can't tell you how good it feels when say you are planning to do something and others say "I have no doubt you can do anything you set your mind to". It makes you try just that much harder.

    We do all have that power to change our lives. It doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't happen without hard work and conscious effort on a daily basis, but it WILL happen. - 6/16/2009   7:23:22 AM
  • 61
    I believe that EVERY PERSON has what it takes --- but THEY have to believe in themselves FIRST.
    This girl had BETTER go for some Olympic gold! HOOAH to HER! - 6/16/2009   7:10:55 AM
    i liked the part about feeling like we are doing it alone. It is hard when we feel alone. I am grateful to know we are never alone. - 6/15/2009   11:36:51 PM
  • 59
    I want to believe in myself, I need to believe in me or I will never be able to accomplish anything. I will never say I don't believe in me! never! Thank you for such a inspiring story - 6/15/2009   7:46:45 PM
    This is such an encouraging article! Thanks! - 6/15/2009   6:14:01 PM
    This was great. It reminds me that it might be taking a while for me to finish school but I still have to believe in myself to accomplish my goal. Basically don't give up! - 6/15/2009   12:33:13 PM
  • 56
    I believe everyone has the potential to achieve great things. What makes one do it and not another? I'm not sure, but we all have the possibility in our lives. - 6/15/2009   12:01:01 PM
  • 55
    Great article. - 6/15/2009   11:49:32 AM
  • 54
    That is an awesome story. I believe that I have what it takes to change my life, it starts and ends with me. Support from loved ones is wonderful, but it must come from within first - 6/15/2009   9:14:38 AM
    What a wonderful story, believe in yourself and amazing thing happen sometimes. - 6/15/2009   12:04:52 AM
  • 52
    Yes we can achieve amazing things, if we push ourselves, and when others believe in us. - 6/14/2009   10:53:05 PM
  • 51
    very informative! - 6/14/2009   9:00:40 PM
    Great Story.....Always good to read things like this. - 6/14/2009   8:36:38 PM
  • 49
    Great story... Way to go! - 6/14/2009   4:35:18 PM
  • PEBBLES32165
    Yes, I beleive I hold the power within to change my life. When I think I can no longer do it I find others who are behind me to help me pull through whatever is holding me back. I enjoy being an inspiration to others and that is one thing that keeps me going. - 6/14/2009   4:33:57 PM
  • 47
    Thanks for such an inspiring story. This is such a motivational story that will help me to keep on keeping on. - 6/14/2009   3:25:51 PM
  • 46
    Nobody thought I could quit smoking a little over three years ago, let alone lose 40 pounds, run a marathon, pay off my credit cards, and get my master's degree. I really feel like that the only reason I didn't walk this journey completely alone sometimes was because of support I had with Sparkpeople. - 6/14/2009   3:22:38 PM
    This was inspiring & coincidental to a show I love- Art of the Athelete, that showed that many winners often have an unseen & unsung hero that inspires & keeps them on track. It is also the need & desire to excell that keeps a person such as this on track. - 6/14/2009   3:17:51 PM
  • 44
    Thank you for posting this very inspiring story! Many blessings to Bonnie Richardson as she continues on in her life's journey : ) !

    Your quote: "We may not always win, but we are far better off trying and doing our best than never having the courage to start. "
    Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that I just get in my way a lot of the time. I must remember that if I have the courage to start, to take that first step - then I can do anything : ) .

    Have a beautiful & peaceful day!
    - 6/14/2009   2:46:40 PM
    thanks for this.. this just what I needed to hear, I know supporting myself is the thing I need to do, I also know how important it is to have someone by your side, believing in you, but when it is all said and done... it has to come from within... sometimes it is a lonely road - 6/14/2009   2:33:47 PM
  • 42
    I tell my kids to keep their mouths shuts about their dreams and goals and not to tell them to anyone, as people will always be negative. My 18 yod is taking this year off as she was sick of high school and she's working and traveling and all the people she told her plans to had tons of reasons as to WHY it was the wrong idea instead of going directly to college. She'll go to college, but not right now. - 6/14/2009   2:19:40 PM
  • 41
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  • 40
    How inspiring. I have to do a lot of talking to myself to believe in my own power. - 6/14/2009   1:40:47 PM
  • 39
    Let Bonnie know that she is being applauded by people from all over the country.
    Possibly even from all over the world.
    I am in Indiana. - 6/14/2009   1:25:18 PM
    What an inspiration! Thanks for the wonderful story. I think sometimes we get so caught up in our problems that we forget to see the good in our lives. I'm running more and more each day and just knowing that this young girl did it alone, I know that it is up to me to make the change to be healthy and strong. - 6/14/2009   12:26:31 PM
  • 37
    Just goes to show each of us - we often are the ones who impose limitations on ourselves - she is truly an inspiration!! - 6/14/2009   12:04:59 PM
    This young woman is a REAL inspiration to All Ages. Thanks for sharing it with Sparkpeople we need all the motivation and success stories to keep us going!! - 6/14/2009   11:49:26 AM
    THANK YOU for bloggin about such an inspiring story and reminding us that we if we are willing to put forth the hard work and dedication, we are truly never alone. - 6/14/2009   11:27:57 AM
  • 34
    Great reminder of what I can do with a little encouragement and a lot of desire. - 6/14/2009   11:10:49 AM
  • 33
    I believe I am the ONLY person who holds the power to change MY life. It's easier when I have the support of those around me, but ultimately the power comes from within me. I am confident I can accomplish the dreams that I have because I have the tools to make it happen, thanks to and the wonderful people on this site. - 6/14/2009   11:02:12 AM
  • 32
    Great story and way to go Bonnie! - 6/14/2009   10:38:25 AM
  • 31
    Er, want to graduate in four years. - 6/14/2009   9:03:17 AM
  • 30
    I'm glad it got her a scholarship. I hope it was a good one.

    Scholarships often sound as if you get it and suddenly all four years of college will be free. Very few scholarships, especially very few scholarships offered to women, are really like that. I hope hers is, and that her college coach is the kind who understands that valedictorian in a class of 14 will still want to graduated with her bachelors degree in four years, and that's fair -- fair for her and every other woman on the team, and every bit as important as each woman's contribution to the team. - 6/14/2009   8:59:37 AM
  • 29
    Bravo Bonnie! Thanks Nancy for the inspiring story.

    It just goes to show you that your support system (or fan base) can come from anywhere. And like the article says, "We may not always win, but we are far better off trying and doing our best than never having the courage to start." I am going to use this as my new mantra.

    - 6/14/2009   7:17:54 AM
  • 28
    Congrats Bonnie! Well done! You must have dreamed really big and hopefully can continue on your road to achieving more successes in the years to come! - 6/14/2009   3:17:12 AM

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