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Gymnastics Great Nastia Lukia – Living with Intensity

Gymnastics great Nastia Lukia knows how to live with intensity to fulfill her destiny.

When interviewed about her outstanding performance she said, “That’s what we live for.”

When watching a video about Nastia Lukin training with her father and coach, I noticed a shirt she was wearing which said on the back, “Train hard or go home!”

What are you living for?

What level of intensity do you bring to your daily life?

No destiny without intensity.

Paul F Davis – life coach, author, worldwide speaker


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Making Champions – Making of Champions!

Making champions is a process indeed

First it begins with desire for which we bleed

A burning desire to which we dedicate ourselves

Focus our vital energies and shut out all else

Endurance keeps us and carries us fully through

When we think to quit, complain, and make excuse

An encouraging coach fires us up and lights our fuse

Invigorating our fiery passion and renewing our vision

Providing necessary direction and a purposeful mission

To which we can give and lose ourselves with inspiration

Until ultimately with exhilaration we arrive at our destination

Putting feet to our faith, yielding to desire making us a champion. – International Motivational Speaker and Life Coach building dreams, breaking limitations, and transforming individuals and organizations.

Paul F. Davis is a world-changer who has touched over 50 countries, more than 50 islands, and 6 continents empowering people throughout the earth to live their dreams!

Paul is the author of 14 books and premier life coach building dreams, breaking limitations, and transforming individuals and organizations. Paul is a change master that knows how to play with pain, while elegantly and humorously navigating through transition and riding the waves of change.

– Paul worked at Ground Zero in New York City the first week of 9/11, two stops from Brooklyn Heights where Paul used to live. Paul drove a rental car up to NYC from Orlando, FL as all airports were shut down for national security reasons.

– Paul helped a Muslim young man rebuild his home at the tsunami epicenter in Indonesia and spoke to tribal groups in Wamena who are “naked and not ashamed.”

– Paul comforted victims of genocide in Rwanda and Burundi where 1.2 million people were slaughtered.

– Paul spoke to leaders in East Timor during the war for independence before the UN recognized the new nation.

– Paul addressed University students and monks in Myanmar working together to achieve democracy.

– Paul spoke throughout war-torn East Africa journeying deep into the “bush” where villagers have never seen a white man.

– Paul lived in and lectured throughout India and China the two largest populaces on earth.

– Paul journeyed to Pakistan twice since 9/11 to speak to large audiences about peace, non-violence, and reconciliation.

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Michael Phelps Success Secrets – Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder

Michael Phelps is getting gold medals and breaking world records. One of swimming’s most decorated athletes and world record holder 20 times over. What are Michael Phelps’ success secrets we can learn from this outstanding athlete and over achiever?

1. Know your territory, prepare, and adapt as necessary.

Phelps says, “Within an international meet travel plenty time ahead to adjust to time zone or food or whatever it is.”

2. Focus on what you do best and tune out the media and mouths.

Phelps wisely remarks after the Olympics in Athens, “Media is a big part. If there’s a head line like in Athens, ‘Winning 7 gold medals.’ That was all over the place. I really just wanted to win one. That was the dead honest truth.”

“When I hear things said in the media,” Michael Phelps says, “I try not to pay attention to them. Everyone talks and they’re there to get attention from people.”

3. Conserve your emotional energy and direct it toward what you do best.

Michael Phelps told Bob Costas after winning 8 gold medals in Beijing, China, that he doesn’t get involved in verbal wars, nor does Michael try to verbally answer his critics. Phelps just does it in the water and lets his performance speak for itself.

4. Humility and staying true to yourself.

After winning several gold medals in Athens, Michael returned to the University of Michigan where he lived and trained preparing for Beijing. Michael says, “Life for me, I think it’s simple. …I express what I’m thinking and don’t hold anything or nothing back.”

When asked to compare the Michael Phelps who competed in Beijing to the 19 year old headed to Athens, Phelps acknowledges he in his younger years of competition was a bit clueless to the totality of what he was in for as an Olympic swimmer. “That was a deer in headlights. I had no idea what I was doing.”

When asked before the Beijing games how he would end an article of himself after the conclusion of the swimming competition, Michael humbly replied: “I have nothing to say. It’s the Olympic games and I’m out there representing my country. If I’m the best prepared as I can be, then I’m going to be happy and that’s all that matters.”

5. Stay calm and composed under pressure.

Considering all the enormous expectations fans and those in swimming put on the extraordinary Michael Phelps, he stays cool. En route to Beijing, before which Phelps had taken the world stage numerous times, Michael knew there would be 18 races in 9 days, more events for him than any other swimmer.

Nevertheless Phelps said going into Beijing, “I am more relaxed now, more calm. I know what to handle. I know what to expect.”

6. Dedication, preparation, and intense training.

Phelps is in a league of his own. Having now passed the awkward teen years, Phelps is pushing the limits as the fastest swimmer in his sport. When the alarm clock sounds at 7:30am Phelps hits the pool consistently with the same amount of desire and drive never holding back. Michael swims 4 hours a day including on Sundays, holidays, his birthday, and Christmas.

7. Goal setting and a commitment to be your personal best.

His coach Bob Bowman has given Michael the tools he needs to stay motivated for a lifetime. The two together write down their goals, which consist of faster times for Michael. Phelps sets high goals and maintains high hopes for himself, refusing to plateau or become content to merely compare himself with other swimmers among his competition.

The challenge to reach the top of swimming greats, Olympic medal holders, and world record breakers is extremely demanding. The dedication required to stay at one’s best while being continually bombarded and distracted by the media will require even more focus in the years to come.

One thing is for sure however. Michael Phelps is the first athlete in sport to win 8 gold medals in one Olympics and for that his legacy will forever remain. Phelps undoubtedly is a class act in and out of the water, while undoubtedly inspiring athletes of every sport throughout the world.

Paul F Davis is a worldwide motivational speaker and life coach building dreams, breaking limitations, and transforming individuals and organizations.

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Usain Bolt Success Secrets – Fastest Man in World, Olympic Gold Medalist, and World Record Holder

Usain Bolt is Ja-making his competition crazy! The Jamaican star runner is blasting past the pack in the 100 meter and 200 meter Olympic races.

Bolt has been doing the 200 meter run all his life since he started as a youngster in track and field in native Jamaica where the sport reins supreme.

Besides remarkable athleticism and God given talent, what are some of Usain Bolt’s amazing success secrets?

1. Keep it simple and stay cool.

Usain likes to have fun with his teammates and share a laugh with his rivals. Only on event day does Bolt separate and go into compete mode. Otherwise Usain is fun and playful. On event day however he runs his heart out and says he competes like an animal.

When asked about Carl Lewis his predecessor who won the 100 and 200 meter races in the Olympics, Bold replied: “I don’t think about it too much as that puts too much pressure on you. Like a baby, I’m taking a step at a time.”

2. Know your weakness and work on it.

Bolt admits his weeakness is his start, that being the worst (if there is such a thing for the fastest man on earth) part of his race. Hence the happy go lucky runner extensively and intensively works on every part of his race to improve his over all performance when he runs.

Style and his first 30 meters is what Bolt is working to further improve and correct. When asked going into Beijing what he thought would be the ideal time for the 100 meter run, Bolt said 9.85 (speaking of seconds) will win.

3. Always be advancing, seriously committed, and continually dedicating yourself.

To advance in sprinting, it requires “more dedication” to quote Bolt. “If you want to be a champion, you’ve got to take it seriously. When I was young I just wanted to party.”

4. Embrace and celebrate competition.

When asked by ESPN how Jamaica continually produces world class runners, Bolt said, “It’s all about competition. We’re very competitive. We’re all going (striving) to be the champion. Competition is huge.”

Although Bolt befriends all other runners and is a likeable guy, he considers all rivals once on the track. Yet Usain wants his competitorss such as Tyson Gay to recover and be well in order to increase the competition, so the true winner can ultimately emerge fairly.

Bolt says, “Jamaica looks forward to the challenge with the United States” as he welcomes all competition to prove who is undoubtedly the best.


5. Learn from the best and remain humble enough to be coached.

Bolt told ESPN, “My coach has guided me to the top.”

To be at the leve of runner as Usain Bolt and to be humble enough to recognize and honor the value of your coach’s contribution to your professional career is outstanding. Humility opens the door to many blessings on and off the track.

6. Enjoy yourself on and off the track.

Usain Bolt is the same person on and off the track, as is evident by the way he celebrated when finishing the 100 meter run in showboat fashion according to some. Yet whey not enjoy the moment considering you’ve worked for years for it!

Before running the 100 meter spring in Beijing I noticed Bolt’s playful and loosey goosey mentality as he played with the moment and stayed cool. This enabled him to be loose, limber, and ready to bolt as his name accurately describes the fastest man in the world.

And so by enjoying and being fully present in the moment, Bolt can lose himself and become one with his event.

When asked which he would prefer – a world record or an olympic gold medal? Bolt said, “It’s an honor to be the fastest man in the world, but to me it’s more of an honor to be a gold medalist.  A gold medal lasts longer than a world record. A world record can be broken any time or place.”

When asked what it felt like to cross that finish line during the 100 meter race, Bolt replied, “It was a great feeling. I’m really happy with myself that I accomplished this.”

Bolt’s mother in the stands was greeted by her son and given a big hug (with a two ecstatic Chinese young men in between) after he won the 100 meter race. Bolt had his gold shoes on ready to be photographed by the world record sign and bore his Jamaican flag proudly during his victory run.

What Bolt teaches us all most of all is to just have fun!

Paul F Davis is a worldwide motivational speaker and life coach building dreams, breaking limitations, and transforming individuals and organizations.

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