Archive for July, 2012

A Champion’s DNA

Amazing inspiration from the sportsman who redefines grace and skill into something divine!  – To Roger Federer

Looking for a story to epitomize ‘Triumph’ vs. ‘Challenge’? Federer delivered just that and more at Wimbledon 2012.

Sports analysts doubted the probability of Federer’s success with their attention stuck on age, fitness, injuries and younger opponents. While everyone knows the cliché of what happens when the going gets tough… this man actually got going… when everything seemed genuinely tough.

 It may take a fighter to put up a show; but it takes a champion to do it in a row – Rajneesh Patil

Some remarkable attributes on display:

  1.  Against all odds:  Yes the analysts were right in using the usual factors as predictors. The champion’s DNA displayed what practice can do! (Federer was at most of the ATP schedules this year)
  2. Hunger for success: It did not matter that he already had the highest number of slams in history, he wanted one more.  Tremendous appetite to achieve more! (Interesting post match interview)
  3. Mastery of art: The most evident factor in Federer’s victory was not Andy Murray’s lesser performance.  It was simply the level of gameplay Federer brought to the Wimbledon finals. It was mastery.

These traits (among others) form the very fabric of a champion’s DNA;  launching performers to peak and champions to glory.

Salute to the grandiose spirit! Take a bow… Federer’s on court.

July 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM 4 comments

Fourth of July: American Independence – 3 lessons

Not controversial to say – “Independence” is probably the most celebrated word and state-of-mind.  After all, every nation dedicates a day and every individual strives in her own way to celebrate it.

Today, the Fourth of July! America celebrates her Independence day.  The freedom that was won over two centuries ago and a victory that probably has 3 lessons to show.  Lessons that may transform an individual mind and accomplish a magnificent goal.

 I] A tipping point

The year 1775 is marked in history by the humongous milestone of American Revolutionary War. One over-ambitious parliamentary act, by Great Britain set a sore sentiment across American colonists. That was the beginning of a revolution that met end with United States gaining absolute freedom in 1776.  Indeed, a tipping point for the country.

 Lesson 1: Taking a cue from there, it may not be unimaginable to realize that your individual glory and freedom also ‘awaits’ just that tipping point. It is a matter of how soon you understand your potential and unleash it to achieve extraordinary results.  When you see your tipping point, don’t just pass it.  Make it count!

II] A little help from friends

Fascinating as it may be, the United States needed to gather a momentum which was far larger than they could produce on their own. So came along France, Holland and Spain to be the friends in need. Yes! When Beatles sang the song “With a little help from my friends”, they probably knew that at some point, everybody needs a push to set foot onto the success land.  So did America at the time.

Lesson 2: This hints at the ever-growing need for collaboration, networking and ability to work with others in achieving life’s substantial goals. By not harnessing the richness of other’s strengths, you only limit what you ‘can’ achieve. Every interaction is an opportunity.  Materialize it!

III] A sense of urgency to the purpose

Much like the tipping point, sense of urgency probably arrives when you know exactly what you want and then decide to have it! Jim Rohn made a fluent statement around this and said “Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value”.  The energy around America’s revolutionary war came about because they decided that freedom is “now” and it is urgent!

Lesson 3:

“Many and more of our dreams and ambitions will become memoirs of the imaginary past if we do not act NOW” – Rajneesh Patil

Yes, we need a step in the direction right now. Identify it.

If the word “independence” is most celebrated; the word “now” is even more.  Particularly because of its decisive impact on the scale of one’s individual success.  It’s time to shine and… the first best opportunity is… Now!

What is the goal you want to set if you gain “freedom” from fear of failure?  What does your mind say when it is most ‘independent’?

To your freedom!

July 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM 2 comments


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