Saina Nehwal, one of the iconic athletes of India. A few minutes of her presence made me realize why she is not only a champion on the court but also off the court. A blend of simplicity and elegance, humor and honor, clarity and courage, mellowness and madness.
During her interaction, she shared several life lessons which would resonate with anyone who is a champion at heart. Here are the lessons that I learned from the champion:
Belief Is The Birthplace Of Champions:
Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how beautiful they are, but everyone else can.
Many times, we don’t see the potential in ourselves but others do. It is that indomitable belief that others have in us that makes us have faith in self and that’s when the whole world changes. No champion is ever self-made. Many talks about sacrifices that were made to build a champion but very few talk about how every sacrifice is based on the strong belief in the champion.
The unbeatable belief her parents had in her made her push herself each day and attain the pinnacle in her career. It is their belief in her ability that paved the path to her victorious journey. It is their belief in her that made her have faith in her self and desire to conquer the world championship.
Lesson: Believe & build faith. Whether you are a business owner, a solopreneur or a working professional, remember you will grow as much as you let others around you grow. Believe in others ability and enable them to have faith within. Faith can move mountains!
Pain is Inevitable & Quitting Is Never An Option:
“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” — Dan Gable
It’s not easy to ignore the pain when you practice for more than the number of hours you sleep. You are expected to be in the best performance standards – mentally & physically.
Unlike other games, this game demands you to deliver results – solo. There is no extra player or a replacement. You cannot afford to miss practice sessions, building the muscle for the longest rally should be your only priority. The longest rally could be in your very next game.
You may want to avoid all the pain and call it quits any day. But like we say “Winners never quit and quitters never win”. Champions know pain is inevitable and quitting is never an option. The only way to kill the pain is – face the pain.
Lesson: Pain is a powerful driving force, be it mental or physical. A muscle grows only through the pain. When you face any pain, you can avoid it and let it destroy you. The path to ultimate victory has painful experiences as well, you cannot escape them. You can go through pain or you can decide to grow through pain. Let not pain destroy you rather let it drive you towards victory.
Silence The Critiques – ACT:
“Be modest in speech, but excel in actions!” – Chinese proverb
The same people who showered love on you will criticize you. We cannot stop them. They don’t know you enough or your love towards your game. It’s easy for them to be a bystander and talk about standards of the game and criticize. When you are in the arena and are willing to go through the pain of criticism when you focus all your energy in acting when you focus on loving your game more than loving your opponent or critiques that’s when you truly become an unstoppable champion.
Lesson: Actions always overpower your words. There will always be people who may not believe you, they might judge you and put you down. Just Act! Don’t be stopped by the voices who don’t believe in you. Act!! Don’t let someone’s opinion of you become your reality. Act!!