Teammates, last Sunday night marked an epic milestone for Canadians when Alexandre Bilodeau won the gold in the Mens Moguls event. He was the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil. Bilodeau's victory was not just Canada's first gold of the Games, but also consigned to history Canada's status of being the only country to host the Olympics twice -- Calgary 1988 Winter Games and Montreal 1976 Summer Games -- and not capture a gold. The moment Alexandre won the gold NBC commentators predicted the next day's top headline: "The drought is over!" Certainly an appropriate headline for the young man's (22 years old!) golden accomplishment, but the real story of inspiration is the understanding what drove him to be the best in the world.
Alexandre's older brother Frederic has cerebral palsy; he can barely walk or talk, yet has found a way to ski with his little brother. In Alexandre's words, "he's truly amazing, for all his challenges, he never has a bad day, he has every reason to be negative but he's always positive." Alexandre's skiing wasn't always golden and one of the commentator's asked him what kept him going when he was feeling discouraged. His reply is what compelled me to write this -- he said, "my brother Frederic is my perspective -- when I didn't feel like practicing I think of him and that he can't do what I can do, and then I would go and ski for him."
Perspective can come from anywhere and from anything in your life. Link perspective with your personal purpose and you'll create the most powerful weapon needed to accomplish your goals -- Persistence. Nothing, and I REPEAT, nothing worth accomplishing is accomplished without persistence. Whether your goal is your country's first gold medal on home soil or going for gold in whatever you do, you'll need to find perspective to keep your persistence Fired UP and focused on your goal.
The next time you're feeling down, discouraged, or distraught, think of Frederic Bilodeau sitting in a wheelchair cheering on his little brother to Olympic gold -- then realize how lucky you are that you're able to do what you do -- and not to worry, I'm sure Frederic won't mind providing you with a little perspective, after all you'll be in golden company, just ask his little brother and the 33 Million Canadians that cheered him on!
HOOYAH FREDERIC and ALEXANDRE BILODEAU!
CHARLIE MIKE -- ALDEN
Alden Mills, creator of the Perfect Pushup, is CEO of Perfect Fitness, based in CA. Massachusetts born, Alden went to the Naval Academy where he went on to become a Navy SEAL. After retiring in 2000, he earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. His ultimate mission is to inspire everyone to pursue their own dreams. For more from Alden, check out www.perfectonline.com.