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Dear Members of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team, YOU WERE EXCEPTIONAL!

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics came to a close yesterday, but what was captured on screen will stay in our hearts and minds forever.

Throughout the Games, Canadians all over the globe were uniting as proud supporters of our team. I, on behalf of all Canadians, would like to thank our amazing athletes and coaches for their involvement at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and for being amazing ambassadors of our country.

What were the highlights of the Olympics for you? What performance(s) stood out to you?

For me there were many highlights from the Games, and each was very special.  But one theme was common to all our Canadians’ efforts: the importance of perseverance and believing in yourself!

The Women’s Gold medal game between Canada and the U.S. last Friday displayed that for me in particular. For the first 56 minutes, our Canadian women’s team were down two goals to the Americans, and it appeared to the viewers that they wouldn’t win.

Some people in their position would have given up and felt defeated.

Then, with less than 4 minutes left in the game, a goal was scored by Brianne Jenner, a Canadian who saw a hole and took it. She still believed; she showed others that with perseverance and hope, a goal was possible.  That meant that other goals were possible too! With redeemed momentum spawned by this first goal, Marie-Philip Poulin (Canada) got a second – with less than one minute remaining in the game. 

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As I mentioned in my last post, I found my answer to the question “Who are your role models?” To me, my role models are individuals who have the courage to be real, to be vulnerable, to be themselves, and to share their journeys.

Janine Shepherd certainly fits those criteria.

I was introduced to her TedTalk after a friend and fellow blogger shared Janine’s talk on her blog. I cried the first time I watched it.  Thank you Amelia for introducing me to Janine’s powerful story and for sharing your personal journey!

Therefore, I have to pass along and share the video with you. If you haven’t seen it yet – you MUST! Janine didn’t let a serious obstacle stop her from living.  As the title of her talk says, “A broken body isn’t a broken person.”

I hope to one day interview Janine for my “Profiles of Perseverance” series as her story and the lessons she has learned along the way have greatly impacted my journey! Thank you, Janine, for sharing your story and for being a role model to me! I’m passing your story along because I truly believe it is a message everyone needs to hear.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Thank you for reading and your presence at this beach retreat. You Rock! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comment section below.

See you at the beach!


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I’m excited that Claire is sharing her thoughts with us today about perseverance. I really admire her career and accomplishments.  I thought it was fitting that I get to share her interview right before the London Olympics. I was recently in London and can’t wait for the Olympic Games.  Claire is a positive role model for me.  You should check out her site after you finish reading her interview. Thank you, Claire, for taking part! I’m so glad I connected with you.

Claire Carver-Dias is an Olympic medallist in synchronized swimming, freelance writer and business coach (www.impactconsultinginc.com). She has a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a M.A. from McGill University. She is currently working on her PhD in English. Recently, Claire put the final touches on her debut novel, a literary thriller called “The Games” (www.thegamesnovel.com) which is now available for purchase.  Click here to find out more! Claire aspires to write more books and eat more baguettes (preferably while lounging in a Parisian cafe). She lives with her husband and three children in Oakville, Ontario.

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(c) Claire Carver-Dias

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?

There was a point early on in my athletic career when a coach tracked me down and told me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get my act together. Well, kind of.

More of less, I was tucked away in the corner of some dank, stinky locker room after a horrendous defeat in the pool, rocking in fetal position and bawling. More accurately, I was sullen and complaining about the injustices of competing in a judged sport, and how another swimmer, who had ranked ahead of me, had been the recipient of the judges’ benevolence . I was blinded by my disappointment and embarrassment. It took my coach all of two minutes to share with me the best advice I’ve ever received and leave me stunned and silenced. She rightly pointed out that I cared about my chosen sport (if I didn’t, I would not have been so disappointed), and indicated that I had not focused my attention and energy on any one area of improvement. Truth be told, I had approached training each day as someone might approach taking a daily shower: get in, do what you need to do, step out, towel off, and proceed with your day. Bluntly, my coach said, “You need to set goals and pursue them.” It was a strange and novel idea at the time. And also a tremendously empowering concept — that I could dream about something I wanted to accomplish, or about the person I wanted to become, and I could set out a daily plan to achieve it. I left that locker room both humbled and hopeful about my future in the sport.

I apply this advice to ever aspect of my life: to writing my debut novel (www.thegamesnovel.com), to raising my kids, to finishing my PhD, to becoming the best executive coach I can be. Goals make ordinary life extremely exciting.

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