Pay The Price For Your Goals

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As sprinting legend Usain Bolt said, “Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free, goals don’t come without a price. Time, Effort, Sacrifice, and Sweat. How will you pay for your goals?”

How committed are you to being your best? Jamaican-born Usain St. Leo Bolt is considered the world’s fastest man. Long and strong, his legs stretch the limits of human performance. He runs at what seems like lightening speed and with effortless ease. At 15, he demonstrated raw talent by winning the 200-meter dash at the 2002 World Junior Championships. He was chosen for the Jamaican Olympic team for the 2004 Athens games but was eliminated in the first 200-meter heat, and then finished 8th in Helsinki at the 2005 worlds. He was plagued by injuries, as well as what he called his “own laziness.” In 2007, he started to train harder and break world records — transforming from great to the greatest in his sport. He went on to win nine gold medals as a reigning champion at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. If you want to be the best, pay the price for your goals. Put in the time to enhance your knowledge and skills. Whether you are just starting out or, competing at the highest levels, make a conscious effort to excel even if you are “a natural.” Don’t let your ego or overconfidence get in the way. Accept the sacrifice that may come with giving it your all. It may take some sweat along the way, but with persistence you will cross the finish line with a smile.

Until next time, remember-it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!

With Purpose & Power,


Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.

Be Determined To Succeed


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Be Determined To Succeed – As Og Mandino said, “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

Throw Something Back


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Throw Something Back – As Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

Choose Who To Be


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Choose Your Character – As Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.”

Feel The Light


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Feel The Light – As Rabindranath Tagore said, “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”

Direct Your Own Show


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Direct Your Own Show – A Polish Proverb says, “Not my circus. Not my monkeys” (or Nie mój cyrk, nie moje malpy which literally means “not my problem”).

Be a Champion of Freedom


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Be a Champion of Freedom – As Nelson Mandela said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances freedom of others.”

Watch the Gap

Watch the Gap

IMPRESSIONS: Every time I get on the Long Island Railroad I see this sign: “WATCH THE GAP.” It’s there to help us avoid falling down to the tracks and getting injured. It reminds me of that gap many of us live in – the gap between who we are in our current circumstances and who we want to be. So, every time you see this sign – on the platform for the subway, Amtrak or the commuter rail – remember to WATCH THE GAP. Pay attention to your own life so your dreams don’t fall through the cracks.

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