My recent highlighting of inspirational sports stories has got me thinking…again. I mean, you have to wonder how certain individuals, athletes, are able to face such difficulties and still come out on top, finding ways to overcome the obstacles that stood before them. It’s a topic I have covered before, yet one I can’t stop contemplating.
Stories like H.S. baseball player James Fuller, judo athlete Kayla Harrison, NCAA Champion Anthony Robles, former H.S. wrestler Dustin Carter, and H.S. football player Shaquem Griffin, all create wonder over how these people accomplish what they accomplish. (I do cover this in several of the articles linked here, however, there is more).
And these are not the only narratives that cause pause in thought for me as I detail a good number of other similar, some more dramatic, accounts of athletic adversity in my book, Becoming a True Champion (BATC). The book’s purpose―to demonstrate to readers the possibilities that exist for them when the “right” ingredients are applied to a difficult task at hand, along with giving them the tools to do so.
Well…if you are reading this piece, I am sure you have heard the cliché, attitude is everything, right?
And I would agree, attitude is everything…but there is something else, something I adapt that cliché to and use in this post’s title:
Perspective is EVERYTHING!!!
Here, take a look at thefreedictionary.com definition of perspective:
“3b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view”
Yep, a point of view, a person’s thought(s) on something that brings about their feelings/emotions on a topic or situation. And it is those feelings and emotions that dictate their attitude about any circumstance they face.
These individuals, these athletes I mention and link to at the beginning of this article, they simply have a different perspective than most regarding the adversity they face. They don’t perceive this adversity as a difficulty; they view it more as a challenge that they believe they can overcome. To them, their perspective seems to indicate there are few things in life that are insurmountable.
So you want to follow that old cliché attitude is everything, great, simply change your perspective to one that supports an attitude like these athletes demonstrate, apply that attitude with action, and watch what happens.
As Nobel Prize–winning author George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) put it (something I also highlight in BATC):
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
That, my friends, represents the type of perspective which helps create the “right” attitude for success, any success.