I like listening to athletes’ stories about how they came to love and learn their sport, who they wanted to be like or compete against, their earliest dreams and visions for their career.
Recently, I heard such an interview featuring Garbiñe Muguruza, professional tennis player and Serena Williams’ opponent in this year’s Wimbledon finals. She said, from a youngster, she dreamed of playing at Wimbledon, in the finals. More amazingly, she dreamed that Serena Williams would be her opponent. And, so it was on July 11, 2015. That day, Garbiñe Muguruza’s dream came true. What she wanted, imagined, visualized, dreamed of and diligently worked for became her reality.
Undoubtedly, you have examples of powerful visions you’ve realized. Recall the dreams you’ve made come true – a dream job, home, car, relationship, vacation and other experiences. Now, imagine what’s next. Begin visualizing it and doing the work required to make it happen.
Serena Williams was also interviewed during the same match. She holds an historic 21 grand slam titles. Her record is amazing. Only one person, Steffi Graf, has won more. Steffi ended her stellar career with 22.
Serena lives in rarefied air. Literally, she’s at the top of her game. No one in women’s tennis, today, has a record that even comes close to competing with hers. Yet, during that interview, she said she “has nerves” before every match. She went on to say that if she didn’t feel that way it might be because it doesn’t mean that much to her anymore.
Like Serena, have your nerves – the kind of nervous energy that’s fueled by adrenaline, sparked by passion and driven by a deep desire to be and do your best – and have the nerve to go for your goals.
Learn from these two extraordinary women – Serena and Garbiñe. Dream your dreams. Never let fear and nervousness stop you. And, finally, commit to the hard work it takes to make your dreams your reality.