Thursday, August 09, 2012
I heard it over and over again the past few days at the London Olympics: an athlete recalls being devastated by failure, feeling so low at missing goals, publicly displayed while falling short. And then, that sentence each victor repeats, each interview reinforces: "I just didn't give up."
For some, discouragement was accompanied by severe injury; for some, personal tragedy. Hurdler Aries Merritt, who had been a champion & record-setter since high school, radically changed his start-up strategy (including taking off on the left foot instead of the right) just nine months ago. He took the gold medal in 110-meter hurdles tonight. Interviewer asked what was the key to making such a huge modification successful, and he said, "DILIGENCE."
I am soaking up these vivid portrayals of the BIG COMEBACK. Humbling setback and falling short of an important goal is not the end. Missing your dream is not the final chapter. Like those athletes who wept at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, I am sorrowful and disappointed that I have not performed as I imagined. But I'm not retiring from the field. I've got the coaching and the instruction to make a smashing comeback. I just won't give up.