The difference between success and failure is not always based on a person’s talent or ability. It is actually whether they have self confidence or self doubt running through their minds, which I would like to illustrate. I am a swimmer for the Special Olympics organization and compete in their Regional Swim Meet every year. After many years, I achieved my goal of winning an individual gold medal this year.
I did not have a good start to the day as I got disqualified from my 25 meter butterfly event and 25 meter medley relay event. It was then time for my 25 m freestyle race. You need to win a gold at the Regional meet to qualify for the State meet. Instead of thinking “what if I don’t make it to State,” I thought about my strengths, which included the fact that freestyle was my best stroke, I have long strong legs for my petite size and remembered all that my coach had taught me in terms of technique thanks to my excellent memory.
I was ecstatic when I ended up winning the gold medal It felt wonderful to accomplish a goal I had written down in my vision book nearly 4 years ago. At my next event, the 25 m breaststroke, I noticed a nearby competitor doing the exact opposite: She kept repeating “what if I get disqualified from breaststroke”; and there it was: self doubt in action. I encouraged her to stop "self doubting” and believe in herself. It is true! Self doubt (all the what-ifs”) hinders your peak performance and limits your opportunities for success. So, believing in yourself is the most helpful choice you can make.
Special Olympic Gold Medalist (King County Region)