Last week we looked at some of the characteristics Olympic champions and accomplished writers have in common, traits like desire, dedication, determination, and daring. This week, we’re looking at two words these two groups of people have in common.
Those words are I can. The word can’t isn’t even in a champion’s vocabulary. Rather, “I can” is rehearsed in their mind and spoken audibly or inaudibly, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that those words, I can, permeate the mind and heart of a champion. If that were not so, why would they put themselves on stage for all the world to see if they did not think they could maneuver the ski slopes, dance on skates, snowboard the halfpipe, all with precision, and have a good chance of coming in first? They think they can do it; they say they can do it. And then they do what it takes to make it happen.
Did the champion’s accomplishment take hard work, practice, and perseverance? Of course. Did their making it to
Sochi require commitment,
along with times of pain, sweat, and tears? Yes! And once there, I’m confident
the words I can played a big part in
helping them get up when they fell, pushing themselves when they’d rather have rested,
giving it that extra boost as they neared the finish line when they felt like
they had no more to give.
How does all that apply to an accomplished writer? I’d love to be able to talk with writers like Hemingway, Christie, Grisham, and even lesser-known authors. Rows of their books on library shelves indicate they felt confident at some point in their writing endeavors that they could, indeed, do it. I’m sure there were times when doubt, fatigue, perhaps even fear, entered in; that would be natural. But the words I can won out. And they completed their race, all the way to the finishing lines of their manuscripts.
Have you heard it said that what you think about, you talk about, and what you talk about, you bring about? I believe our words are self-fulfilling. I’ve seen it in my own life and in the lives of others. And for sure we know that if we say we can’t, then we won’t. It’s that simple.
Each athlete who went to
Sochi did not win a medal
while there. Even so, they are all champions in their respective sport. We know
many authors whose books do not become best-sellers. Nevertheless, they are
accomplished writers. What they all have in common are the words I can.
What about you? Are you one of the many who want to write a book? Are you working on a book right now? What words are going through your mind? What words are you speaking out loud and to yourself?