5 lessons to learn from a Paralympic athlete

Written by Klara Loots

There are many difficulties that can be presented to us throughout life, but as many of us know, it is not so much what these challenges are but rather how we cope with them that matters.

If we look at a Paralympic athlete, it is clear that at some point they faced their challenges head on and decided not to be defined negatively by these obstacles. Here are 5 lessons we can all learn from a Paralympic athlete:

1. Face the issue
There is no point in running away and pretending like there isn’t something that needs your attention. Problems tend to stick around when ignored (or even get worse); the best thing to do is to look at the challenge and decide how you are going to move forward in a positive way.

2. Get support
There is no shame in asking for help when it is needed to steer your life into the right direction and get you back on track. Surround yourself with people who care about your progress and who can constructively advise you on how to proceed.

3. Stay positive
This is of course sometimes easier said than done and for a while you might have to fake till you make it. There is, however, now harm in being positive but the consequences of being negative can sometimes be irreversible.

4. Focus on what can be done
Instead of focusing on all the reasons you can’t do something or on all the reasons why something hasn’t happened yet, look at what can be done or what has been accomplished already.

5. Don’t compare yourself to others
We all do it at some point or another – we compare houses, clothes, appearances, wealth, cars, spouses and even mobile phones – humans are a competitive race but this can be one of our biggest flaws too. We are created as individuals and therefore, trying to be like someone else is hopeless for you will only ever be you. Be happy with who you are and the hand that you have been dealt – accept it and make the most of it.

Life is full of lessons and if we can learn some without having to face a challenge then that’s even better. Take these lessons that Paralympic athletes teach us and apply them to your own life because challenges may differ but the lessons learnt are all the same in the end.

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