Showing posts with label Inspirational. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inspirational. Show all posts


Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!

Lessons from the Underdogs in World Cup Football' 2014: The rise of Costa Rica



Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!


"Your playing hand has just been taped because of blisters, it's bleeding and paining. "

What will you do if you will have to go out and serve?

Probably you will still be feeling that pain and not able to play with full force or maybe play at your 50% potential.

That's what generally majority of the players would have done. But this scenario did not happen today. Instead three aces  were dished out consecutively. How did this happen?

This is because the player in question was none other than Rafael Nadal. A blistering hand, stunning shotmaking from his opponent and trailing behind 2-4 in the second set and 4-5 in the third set, still Rafael Nadal was able to ease his way out of the match in straight sets.

The analysis can be read anywhere but what really spiked up my interest was the ability of Rafael Nadal to overcome such difficult situations in the match.  He was 2-4 down and still won the second set 5-7 even though Kei Nishikori was the better player for the majority of the set. Even with blisters in his left hand, he chased each and every ball with the ferocity of a tiger, he hit each and every shot faster than the speed of his opponent's shots, and stood his ground irrespective of the barrage of winners that were thrown at him from the other end.

What made this match even more interesting was the way Rafael Nadal handled the tough situations. Even down at 4-5 in the third set, he broke Kei Nishikori back again with ease to level the third set at 5-5 and then won the set 7-6.

This match clearly showed why Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the toughest player on the tennis circuit.  It's not easy to break down his mental toughness and it was clearly evident in today's match. For me, it was stunning to see how  quickly he was able to recover from a break down and still go on to emerge the winner at the end after every downward curve. It was not just once or twice but it was in every set. In life, every time we have been down, how many times do we get up and face the situation with full force having belief in your abilities, confident that you will come out on top?

That's what you learn from this champion, that you get down and you get up, you get down again but you get up again and so on.Once you learn the craft of embracing the challenges and knock downs that come through your way in matches or life, you have to know fully well that hanging in there, giving your 100% will eventually knock out any tough situation that you may be in . That's what Rafael Nadal does the best and in my mind there is no player who can surpass this champion when it comes to getting up from the constant knockdowns that may come in their way.

That is why they say,

"It does not matter whether you get knocked down or not, what matters is whether you got up."


So next time, there is a challenge in your life, get up and face it up like Rafael Nadal.

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]


Rafael Nadal - The Warrior at Heart



"Your playing hand has just been taped because of blisters, it's bleeding and paining. "

What will you do if you will have to go out and serve?

Probably you will still be feeling that pain and not able to play with full force or maybe play at your 50% potential.

That's what generally majority of the players would have done. But this scenario did not happen today. Instead three aces  were dished out consecutively. How did this happen?

This is because the player in question was none other than Rafael Nadal. A blistering hand, stunning shotmaking from his opponent and trailing behind 2-4 in the second set and 4-5 in the third set, still Rafael Nadal was able to ease his way out of the match in straight sets.

The analysis can be read anywhere but what really spiked up my interest was the ability of Rafael Nadal to overcome such difficult situations in the match.  He was 2-4 down and still won the second set 5-7 even though Kei Nishikori was the better player for the majority of the set. Even with blisters in his left hand, he chased each and every ball with the ferocity of a tiger, he hit each and every shot faster than the speed of his opponent's shots, and stood his ground irrespective of the barrage of winners that were thrown at him from the other end.

What made this match even more interesting was the way Rafael Nadal handled the tough situations. Even down at 4-5 in the third set, he broke Kei Nishikori back again with ease to level the third set at 5-5 and then won the set 7-6.

This match clearly showed why Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the toughest player on the tennis circuit.  It's not easy to break down his mental toughness and it was clearly evident in today's match. For me, it was stunning to see how  quickly he was able to recover from a break down and still go on to emerge the winner at the end after every downward curve. It was not just once or twice but it was in every set. In life, every time we have been down, how many times do we get up and face the situation with full force having belief in your abilities, confident that you will come out on top?

That's what you learn from this champion, that you get down and you get up, you get down again but you get up again and so on.Once you learn the craft of embracing the challenges and knock downs that come through your way in matches or life, you have to know fully well that hanging in there, giving your 100% will eventually knock out any tough situation that you may be in . That's what Rafael Nadal does the best and in my mind there is no player who can surpass this champion when it comes to getting up from the constant knockdowns that may come in their way.

That is why they say,

"It does not matter whether you get knocked down or not, what matters is whether you got up."


So next time, there is a challenge in your life, get up and face it up like Rafael Nadal.

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]





"Your age is just a number. It should never hinder you from accomplishing your goals."

This is a quote we have heard  multiple times and yet, we don't restrain ourselves from making judgments about our lives and even better, other's lives. Many critics have been vociferous in their opinion about whether Roger Federer should have retired or not at this stage of his life. Many people have already written him off and never leave a chance to downplay his game.

To them, I want to ask a simple question:

Since when have the so called critics started predicting the future of any player or person so correctly?

Just one year back, the same so called critics were finding it hard to believe that Rafael Nadal can even make a  comeback after his injuries and now one year later, they are calling him perhaps the greatest player ever in tennis.

It is not only about tennis, if we look at any field, critics and people have always tried to downplay anyone in the society who has tried to defy the norms.

~ When a 75 year old man tried to complete the hottest ultra-marthon of the year, people didn't believe he will be able to do it.

~ When at the age of 38,  Károly Takács tried to win the Olympics Gold Medal with his left hand ( as his right hand was badly injured), nobody believed he can do it.

~ When the first time, it was thought that two people can talk to each other sitting miles away from each other, it was considered out rightly impossible. And yet telephone was invented.


I can go on and on about examples of people defying the norms, going against what people/critics thought as irrational and still in the end coming out victorious and more satisfied in their goals. So people might go on and on about why Federer should retire and stand no chance, I believe the only person that should take this decision is Roger Federer himself and no one else.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is can future be really predicted? No, it can never be but what is more important is that people should follow their own passion and what they believe in. Even in your own lives, people will come and tell you that it is not possible and it is foolish to continue this path. More often than not, it is not about how many people think you can do it, in the end it is only you who is more than enough to make your dream become a reality.

The same is true with Roger Federer. It's his belief that matters at this stage.  Why? Because

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."

This is what the great champion had to say in an interview when people inquired about his retirement ( courtesy a friend who pointed out this to me)


When i was starting my career, lot of people doubted me. They saw the talent but werent sure if i will win any. But he believed in myself. I am almost in a similar place now but i believe that i can win and so i will keep playing and keep trying.



 If Ken Rosewall could have won  grand slams at an age of 35, 36 and 37, I see no reason why Roger Federer cannot go on and win his 18th Grand Slam at 32. 

PS: Yes, people will talk about his failures and disappointments of past year as reasons for his retirement, in my next post, I will address this age old question as to why failures should never be considered as a sign to quit. Stay tuned:).

 

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]

Roger Federer and The Much Hyped Age Factor




"Your age is just a number. It should never hinder you from accomplishing your goals."

This is a quote we have heard  multiple times and yet, we don't restrain ourselves from making judgments about our lives and even better, other's lives. Many critics have been vociferous in their opinion about whether Roger Federer should have retired or not at this stage of his life. Many people have already written him off and never leave a chance to downplay his game.

To them, I want to ask a simple question:

Since when have the so called critics started predicting the future of any player or person so correctly?

Just one year back, the same so called critics were finding it hard to believe that Rafael Nadal can even make a  comeback after his injuries and now one year later, they are calling him perhaps the greatest player ever in tennis.

It is not only about tennis, if we look at any field, critics and people have always tried to downplay anyone in the society who has tried to defy the norms.

~ When a 75 year old man tried to complete the hottest ultra-marthon of the year, people didn't believe he will be able to do it.

~ When at the age of 38,  Károly Takács tried to win the Olympics Gold Medal with his left hand ( as his right hand was badly injured), nobody believed he can do it.

~ When the first time, it was thought that two people can talk to each other sitting miles away from each other, it was considered out rightly impossible. And yet telephone was invented.


I can go on and on about examples of people defying the norms, going against what people/critics thought as irrational and still in the end coming out victorious and more satisfied in their goals. So people might go on and on about why Federer should retire and stand no chance, I believe the only person that should take this decision is Roger Federer himself and no one else.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is can future be really predicted? No, it can never be but what is more important is that people should follow their own passion and what they believe in. Even in your own lives, people will come and tell you that it is not possible and it is foolish to continue this path. More often than not, it is not about how many people think you can do it, in the end it is only you who is more than enough to make your dream become a reality.

The same is true with Roger Federer. It's his belief that matters at this stage.  Why? Because

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."

This is what the great champion had to say in an interview when people inquired about his retirement ( courtesy a friend who pointed out this to me)


When i was starting my career, lot of people doubted me. They saw the talent but werent sure if i will win any. But he believed in myself. I am almost in a similar place now but i believe that i can win and so i will keep playing and keep trying.



 If Ken Rosewall could have won  grand slams at an age of 35, 36 and 37, I see no reason why Roger Federer cannot go on and win his 18th Grand Slam at 32. 

PS: Yes, people will talk about his failures and disappointments of past year as reasons for his retirement, in my next post, I will address this age old question as to why failures should never be considered as a sign to quit. Stay tuned:).

 

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]


Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd was a strong contender for Winter Olympics in 1986. But then destiny had other plans and calamity struck her hopes when she was hit by a truck on a training bike ride in New South Wales. 
She broker her neck and back and as per the doctors, the chances of survival were minimum. Even when she survived, the doctor told her " Janine, the operation was a success … but the damage is permanent. They’re central nervous system nerves. There is no cure. You’re what we call a partial paraplegic and you will have all the injuries that go along with that. You’ll have no feeling from the waist down. At most, you might get 10 to 20% return."
Imagine what should have been her normal reaction: "God why did you do this to me, what will I do now or there is no point in living now? Right .....No, We are absolutely wrong.
What did she do, she focused on what she had and created new dreams. She became a pilot and took her first flying lesson in a full body cast. In a year's time, she had a license to fly and went on to become the youngest and only female director of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Watch her speak on how she overcame all the odds and successfully recovered from her traumatic injuries.


In her own words: "The key for her was realizing that she was more than just the circumstances of her body, and that she could create new dreams. A broken body is not a broken person."
So before you quit today, remember that it's all in our mind. If Janine can do it, why can't you?
These stories are shared on this blog to inspire us to follow our goal/dreams. If you have a dream and you never want to quit, Join this blog (or follow our Facebook /Google+/Twitter ) page. Always remember before you quit, think about why you started.


Your comments are welcome and you can mail me at [email protected]


The Inspiring Journey from being Partial Paraplegic to a Licensed Pilot - Janine Shepherd



Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd was a strong contender for Winter Olympics in 1986. But then destiny had other plans and calamity struck her hopes when she was hit by a truck on a training bike ride in New South Wales. 
She broker her neck and back and as per the doctors, the chances of survival were minimum. Even when she survived, the doctor told her " Janine, the operation was a success … but the damage is permanent. They’re central nervous system nerves. There is no cure. You’re what we call a partial paraplegic and you will have all the injuries that go along with that. You’ll have no feeling from the waist down. At most, you might get 10 to 20% return."
Imagine what should have been her normal reaction: "God why did you do this to me, what will I do now or there is no point in living now? Right .....No, We are absolutely wrong.
What did she do, she focused on what she had and created new dreams. She became a pilot and took her first flying lesson in a full body cast. In a year's time, she had a license to fly and went on to become the youngest and only female director of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Watch her speak on how she overcame all the odds and successfully recovered from her traumatic injuries.


In her own words: "The key for her was realizing that she was more than just the circumstances of her body, and that she could create new dreams. A broken body is not a broken person."
So before you quit today, remember that it's all in our mind. If Janine can do it, why can't you?
These stories are shared on this blog to inspire us to follow our goal/dreams. If you have a dream and you never want to quit, Join this blog (or follow our Facebook /Google+/Twitter ) page. Always remember before you quit, think about why you started.


Your comments are welcome and you can mail me at [email protected]