light the way

Some of you know (and some of you don't know) that during our cold, Canadian winters, I coach figure skating a few hours a week to little tykes. I love it. And yesterday was our season's finale, the ice show.I came across this poem in a business book I am reading. It made me take a minute to think about my life and how I need to apply this to every minute of everything that I do. And it made me think of my little skaters. A couple weekends ago, me and some of my students went to competition, which is always exciting and nerve-wracking! I wish I could have read this poem to them before they stepped onto the ice. And now that I have read this poem, I am posting it on the wall of my office, so that every time I need a reminder, I can just take the minute to re-set and realize what is truly important in life.

If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you like to win, but you think you can't, It is almost certain you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost For out of the world we find, Success begins with a person's will - It's all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are, You've got to think high to rise You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man But soon or late the one who wins Is the one WHO THINKS HE CAN!

Walter D. Wintle

The book is called 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill. This book was originally published in 1937 - 75 years ago! I'm only 75 pages in, but it feels like one of the most relevant books to me and my business/personal life I've read. In our world, it is amazing how some things change and advance at light-speed, but the basic human workings of the mind were just as powerful 75 years ago as they are now.

For me the most powerful line in the poem is "If you think you'll lose, you're lost". It does not say, "If you think you'll lose, you'll lose", but "you're lost". To be lost is such a powerful (scary) thought. I always always want a light above to guide my path.  Oooh, and if I can request, a beautiful sunset, back-lit kinda light. That's my fave…

To start this amazing week, here are the flowers and gifties some of my students gave me. One of my little students, a boy just 6 years old, came over to me part way through the show with a single red rose and said, 'coach, this is for you'.

Life's little moments can take one's breath away, and this was definitely one of those moments.