Behind every Sochi Olympian is a success story. Behind every success story are the Rich Habits that got them to Sochi. The following is an education in success; a dissection of the specific success habits that turned speed-skater Kelly Gunther into Sochi Olympian.
Speedskater Kelly Gunther
Kelly Gunther is a native of Lorain, Ohio. Lorain is located in northeastern Ohio on Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Black River.Kelly has been skating since the age of six, first as a figure skater then transitioning to inlines. Following a successful 10-year career in inline racing – tallying several relay gold medals as a member of the Junior World Championship squad – Kelly joined the U.S. National Long Track Program in 2009. Narrowly missing a spot on the 2010 Olympic Team, Kelly’s 2009-2010 season ended with a tragic accident while skating in the American Cup series at the Utah Olympic Oval in March 2010. Following months of rehabilitation on her injured leg, Kelly came back strong and made the 2011 winter World Cup team last season.
Rich Habits of Kelly Gunther
Persistence -Successful people have a persistence that boarders on obsession. The ability to move from one disappointment to the next without giving up is a common theme among the successful. Persistence is sustained effort toward a goal or your Chief Aim in life. Most people lack persistence and it is the reason most are not successful. A lack of persistence is the main cause of failure in life. Successful people have this Rich Habit of Persistence. They simply never give up. They are obsessed with their goal or Chief Aim in life and will not stop until they achieve their goal or realize their Chief Aim in life.
Kelly suffered a devastating injury to her ankle in March 2012 and that injury should have ended her competitive long track speedskating career. Her foot was literally hanging off her leg. Ten pins, a plate, operations aplenty and months of life on crutches followed during a protracted rehabilitation period. Kelly had enough screws and plates inserted into her leg and ankle to secure a bridge. Kelly was told by doctors she would never skate at the Olympic level again. She proved them wrong. Kelly was back on ice within a year.
But there was another problem – money. Kelly did not have the $30,000 needed to go to Sochi. That didn’t stop Kelly either. T-shirts were sold, motivational speeches were made and the money was raised. So much money that there was enough to pay for her mom and old coach to fly to Russia to support and assist her.
Follow Your Dream – Human beings are the only species on earth who have the innate ability to convert thought into substance. We think intangible things and we create tangible works of art. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet. It is 644 feet taller than the 2nd tallest building in the world. Its height pierces the cloud barrier. It rises above the clouds. Towards heaven. What is our limit? None. Human beings are the most amazing species to inhabit the earth. We still do not understand the capacity of human thought. We still do not understand how the brain works. We still do not understand how the conscious and subconscious parts of our brain function together. But we do know this: when we have a dream we are passionate about it stimulates the subconscious mind and miracles happen.
Life is a funny thing. When we pursue our dreams, life places obstacles in our way and we say, why? Life makes our path seemingly impassible and we ask, why? Life puts our backs against the wall and we scream, why? Life isn’t working against us – it’s working for us. Every obstacle is an education. Every obstacle forces us to evolve. Every obstacle makes us more better.
“I want to tell my story to show people they should never give up,” Gunther, 26, said. “Never lose hope in your dreams.”
Belief – Our subconscious responds to our beliefs. Like software code, our beliefs direct our subconscious to manifest that which we think about and believe in. If we believe, without any doubts, that we are going to become successful in life, our subconscious makes it happen.
If you want to become successful you need to change your beliefs. Most of our beliefs were handed down us by our parents or our environment. If you want to change your beliefs you need to reprogram you subconscious. There are two ways to reprogram your subconscious:
1. Daily Affirmations – Repeating certain daily affirmations three times a day will begin to reprogram your subconscious in as little as 30 days. The affirmations need to be in the present tense, such as “I am” and represent the future you or future state, such as “an Olympian speed-skater”. Adding emotional words to the affirmations is also important. Example: “I am so happy to be an Olympian speed-skater”.
2. Visualizations – Our subconscious thinks in pictures. It converts all data into pictures. Words, sounds, smells, life experiences are all reduced to pictures and stored in to memory by the subconscious. If you want to reprogram the subconscious quickly you need to speak its language. Create visuals around your new daily affirmations and review these pictures daily.
Kelly never wavered in her belief that she could come back from her injury and, as a result, become an Olympian speed-skater.
Conquer Fear – Everyone feels afraid at some point. Any change, even positive changes like marriage or a promotion, can prompt feelings of fear. Fear holds you back. It stops you dead in its tracks. Successful people have conditioned their minds to overcome fear. They use two key strategies to overcome their fears in life:
Five Year Letter: This is a letter you write to yourself as if it were five years into the future. The five year letter includes all of your accomplishments made during the preceding five years. It lists all of the goals you accomplished, how your life has changed and what great things have happened during the past five years.
Write Your Obituary: Your obituary describes the amazing life you’ve had. It describes all of the incredible things that have happened in your life that made you the super successful person that you were. Your obituary will share the great things you accomplished in life. It is the story of your amazing, incredibly successful life.
“My very first race since I had fallen, I can’t say the same. The morning of the race I was shaking. I had to face the corner of where I had fallen and now here I was not even a year later. Scared to death, I cried standing there at the starting line and just staring at that corner, but I knew I had something to overcome. I never had to face such a big fear in my life before, but ay know how they say, you’re biggest fear is the one you don’t come face to face with? Well, I had come face to face with mine and I was not going to let it beat me or get me down. I overcame it and I knew I had too if I wanted to keep skating and make my dreams come true.” Kelly Gunther, 2014