Welcome to Inspire Africa Project! I want you to look for a mirror right now and look into it. Have you done that? Kindly pick up a sheet of paper and describe what you saw. Did you see a looser or a champion? Failure or success? A whiner or a winner? Or did you see a pacesetter, a trailblazer and a pathfinder who will impact his generation so well that they will erect a monument in his honor?
This story will transform your life. “When twenty years old Ruben Gonzalez showed up at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, he had in his pocket the business card of a Houston businessman who believed in his Olympic dream.
Ruben was there to learn the sport of luge, a sport that nine out of ten aspirants give up after the first season. Almost everyone breaks more than one bone before mastering this 90-mile-per-hour race against time in an enclosed mile-long downhill track of concrete and ice. But Ruben had a dream, passion, a commitment not to quit, and the support of his friend, Craig, back in Houston.
When Ruben got back to his room after the first day of training, he called up Craig. “Craig this is nuts! My side hurts. I think I broke my foot. That’s it. I am going back to soccer!” Craig interrupted him. “Ruben, get in front of a mirror!” “What?” “I said, get in front of a mirror!”
Ruben got up, stretched the phone cord, and stood in front of a full-length mirror. “Now repeat after me: No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I’m going to make it!” Ruben felt like an idiot staring at himself in the mirror, so in the most wimpy, wishy-washy way possible, he said, “No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I’m going to make it!”
“C’mon! Say it right. You’re Mr. Olympic Man! That’s all you ever talk about! Are you going to do it or not?” Ruben started getting serious. “No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I’m going to make it!” “Again!” “No matter how bad it is, and how bad it gets, I’m going to make it!” And again and again and again.
About the fifth time Ruben said it, he thought, Hey, this feels kind of good. I’m standing a little bit straighter. By the tenth time he said it, he jumped up in the air and shouted, “I don’t care what happens. I’m going to make it. I can break both legs. Bones heal. I’ll come back and I will make it. I will be an Olympian!”
It’s amazing what happens to your self-confidence when you get eyeball to eyeball with yourself and you forcefully tell yourself what you’re going to do. Whatever your dream is, look at yourself in the mirror and declare that you are indeed going to achieve it, no matter what the price.
Ruben Gonzalez made that declaration, and it changed his life. He went on to compete in four separate winter games in the luge at Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992, Salt Lake City in 2002, and Toronto Winter Olympics in 2006!”-Jack Canfield.
This story inspired me so much that I made up my mind to be standing before the mirror to declare the actualization of my dreams often. Thank God for the kind of friend Ruben had, otherwise, his dream would have died just after the first training. That’s why you must surround yourself with dream boosters! You need friends that will always boost your self-confidence and show you that impossibility is nothing after all.
I will urge you today to paste the pictures of your dream on all the mirrors in your house, and make sure you stand before it daily to declare very loud that no force in this world can stop your dreams from becoming a reality! There is power in both pictures and words. What you imagine and say all the time will always become your own self-fulfilling prophecy.
Whenever I see people who stand before the mirror to cry, I usually ask myself whether they are practicing how they will mourn their destiny? Anytime I stand before the mirror, I usually talk like a winner, a champion and a multi-billionaire! I want you to fully utilize your mirror from today by using it to inspire yourself life Ruben Gonzalez.
Run to wherever you can see a mirror right now and say, I am a champion, a winner, a testimony, an industrialist, a car manufacturer, a bank owner and a generational transformer! I want you to write the list of things you must confess daily and paste it close to your mirror.
Always demonstrate whatever you’re are declaring. If you say I am a winner, lift up your two hands the same way football team captains lift trophies. Say it with confidence because if you can confess it, and believe it, you will definitely achieve it. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities! See you at the top! Share your views at the comment section of this blog. Connect with us on Facebook: Inspire Africa Project. Twitter @InspireAfricaP.
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