This past October, we visited London and took a tour of Wimbledon Stadium.
I was fascinated by all the information shared with us regarding the maintenance of the facility. An operations crew takes care of the property year round, only allowing the center-courts to be used for the tournament but preparing it all year so that it is in mint condition for when the world is watching.
It was also really inspiring just to be at the complex. The best tennis players in the world have walked these same grounds. We’re talking the best of the best! I felt as though magic dust had been sprinkled here. I took my steps carefully, looking around me, not wanting to miss a single detail about this space. I played back all the matches I’d watched on tv in my head and imagined them being played in front of my eyes.
As we were exiting, I saw the following Ivanisevic quote posted on the wall:
IF I NEVER WIN ANOTHER MATCH I DON’T CARE. WHATEVER I DO IN MY LIFE WHEREVER I GO I’M ALWAYS GOING TO BE A WIMBLEDON CHAMPION
While I can’t relate to his experience in literal terms, I thought about how feeling like a champion – which I translate to a state at which you know you have accomplished something great – is something we all experience in one way or another. It can be as big as winning a grand slam or as small as winning one set against a tough opponent; it could be as minor as being recognized and appreciated by a co-worker for being a supportive peer or as major as receiving a promotion from the Executives.
Moreover, rather than receiving something tangible for an accomplishment, feeling like a champion is a state of mind. It starts with positivity, with believing in ourselves, then feeling good about our efforts. If we can all have more positive self-talk, we can support one another in striving to be better, to do better.
Ironically, this is a good reminder to myself (note to self: Sunny, re-read this post a couple times over!) I’m my toughest critic and often find myself feeling blue when I’m not “achieving”. Shifting my focus on positive efforts instead of destructive self-reflection is important. I hope you’ll join me in thinking more positively and being a champion in your life!