The Five Star 5 – Your Life Can Change In A Split Second!

I was thinking about the Canadian Olympic sprinters the other day, and hoped that they were doing well. Here is a post from last August that really meant something to me. Life can change at a moment’s notice. Are you able to handle the ups and downs?

I love sports, always have, always will. Sometimes I get too emotionally involved in the outcomes. One of those times occurred last Saturday when Canada participated in the 4X100 meter men’s relay final at the London Olympics. I had not heard of one Canadian sprinter since Donovan Bailey and company won gold in the relay 16 years ago in Atlanta! But I heard these guys were young, confident and ready to make some noise behind the Americans and Jamaicans.

The Jamaicans killed it again led by Usain Bolt, and the US finished second. But on an incredible last 100 meters, the anchor sprinter for Canada moved up from 5th place to 3rd, and they finished with a bronze medal. OR SO THEY THOUGHT.

Shivers ran over all over my body as I watched the boys celebrate with true elation on the track. Memories rushed back to me off the great wins Canada had in the past on the track. But in a cruel twist of fate only minutes later, they looked up at the scoreboard to see that they were disqualified. One of the runners had stepped on his inside lane line which is illegal. Those smiled quickly turned to tears, and the same people that they had been celebrating with on the sidelines only minutes before, were now consoling them. Shame on the officials for posting them in the bronze position before all the video was reviewed.

Life can change for you at a moment’s notice (literally) and you have to be ready for anything. In this case, unfortunately for our incredible track athletes, it was a game of less than inches. The outpouring of support for the guys and their coach from Canada has been incredible. When they start competing again they WILL be on the podium, and I fully expect them to get a medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Here is a link to a newspaper article on their story:

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/11/canadian-4×100-team-disqualified-following-third-place-finish

5 things that I learned from this experience:

  1. You can be incredibly close to massive success and still have it ripped away from you. How you respond is the key.
  2. You win as a team, and you lose as a team. Support each other unconditionally.
  3. Never discount the benefits that come from an experience, no matter how negative it is perceived at the time.
  4. As much as it hurts, the sting always goes away.
  5. Keep smiling, have fun doing what you love, believe in yourself, and visualize the massive success that you will achieve in the future
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About Tim Mushey

Dynamic and energized sales rep, mentor and leader since 1999. This blog will be about sales, social networking, personal branding, leadership, music and having some laughs! Don’t be surprised if I mix it up on occasion, and talk about something totally different! I thrive on being part of successful, forward thinking teams. I am ready to go from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, with the expectation that new adventures will be coming my way. It is rare that there isn't a smile on my face, as I take it all in, and have some fun along the way!

Posted on May 2, 2013, in Five Star 5, Inspiration, Motivation, Rewind, Sports Stories and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good message, Tim. Useful things to remember.

    But then at the Olympics & other sports a medal can be taken away days or years later too – as in the case of drug cheats.

    Even when you are in the clear its always good to be mooted in celebration till the result is fully confirmed.

    A few years back during the final race of the year in Formula-1 Championships there were 3 drivers who could become world champion – they were separated only by a few points. The race was so close that till the dying minutes it wasn’t clear who would win.

    In the last lap one of the contenders started celebrating because there was less than a kilometre of the race remaining and the other guys were not in a position to catch up or overtake him. He had received information from the Pit-crew that given the relative positions on the track he had enough points to get the title – he started pumping his fist even as he drove to the checkered flag.

    But when the dust settled it became evident that another guy had won because one of the drivers had retired in the last lap and the next guy had moved up one position – the changed the math and the results. It was a crushing blow but the result stayed that way.

    Life can change in seconds and we need to be aware of that all the time.

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