Oh, I could write a book about all the things that my mother has told me, but more importantly, has taught me… ahhhh aha! And how I became a Champion thanks to that.
What has your mother taught you so far?
This is a constant learning process, let me tell you, if your mother is not there to tell you the stuff, she is probably in your head saying it out loud. Since I moved out of my parents’ home, I’ve been listening to my mother more than ever, because, gosh, she knows best!
Now, let’s get into business, and talk about 7 of my mother’s lessons and how to apply them as an athlete, and also as a sports mother. (Btw if you are a mum, learn more by jumping here)
1) Ask, listen and ask again.
My mother is the number one adviser I know, she has a word for everything, seriously. Sometimes if you have no clue about something, ask your mother first, don’t be afraid, she won’t eat you!
Now, if it is about understanding a situation, take a moment to listen to another point of view without judging. Listen openly to what the other has to say and then ask with love, you will be surprised!
2) Trust. Share everything – the good, the bad and the ugly.
If you feel scared or tired, if someone is bullying you, if you like somebody, share! I still trust my mum with everything, because where there is real love, there is no room for a bad judge, so… open up and trust. Your mother loves you, please tell her everything, she will listen.
3) Beyond The budget.
Sometimes we want this, and this, and that, and if we don’t get it, we feel no support. Real support goes beyond the money. It is about unconditional love and being there every single time. Whether it’s a kind word, good advice or a powerful question to make us think or even a cheer when we are screwing it up during the competition, mum is always there. She helps teach discipline, rules, and the consequences of our actions.
She is not only making a huge effort to pay for everything you need, she is there, and at the end, that’s all you need.
4) Don’t do it for the judges or coaches, do it for YOURSELF.
Man, this was powerful and I understood this lesson from my mother almost at the end of my career when I finally started to enjoy my gymnastics. As humans, our opinions sometimes are not the same and sometimes you think you did awesomely and the judges disagree… Who’s right? It doesn’t matter! If you focus on enjoying what you do every single day, that’s it! The sports career is too short, so take it all in and HAVE FUN!
And I’ll probably squeeze some lemon with this… No matter if you are on the podium or far away, respect is the number one rule to become a Champion. Respect other athletes, your coach, other coaches, the judges, the bosses, other parents, your mother, EVERYBODY! Respect and be polite, cheer your opponents. Sports is about friendship and respect, so be an ambassador of what sports is truly about.
6) Be humble.
No matter how many Gold Medals are hanging on your wall, a true champion keeps all the success in his/her heart, and then smiles and shares with others. Having more does not make us better than the rest. What the world needs if for you to share your knowledge, your experiences, your story, even your tricks. It’s about creating a community of champions because we can all win together.
7) You are a Champion… You were born to WIN.
Beyond the sport, our mothers are training us for life! Do not wait for medals to feel that you are champion because no matter what, you can always WIN and LEARN from every single experience, every day in everything you do- not only sports but in life as a whole. Be open to receiving your mother’s training because she is getting you ready for LIFE.
Now, let me ask you something… What can you do now to go out there and unleash that Champion? I hope these lessons help!
More lessons from my mother and other mothers are HERE!
And… Hey Mama!! Raising a Champion is hard work, so let’s make it flow, jump here and you will be in!
Have a Golden Day… CHAMPIONS!