As an athlete in an Olympic sport, my life is run in Olympic cycles. The 4 years between Games in which everything that you touch is gearing you up for the next opportunity to don the green and gold and represent my country.
When I look back at the time between London and now, I could never have predicted the journey I’d have taken. There were rumours around the volleyball circles that I would retire after London (however this never came out of my mouth), I left the AIS that had been home for my whole volleyball career thus far, I had shoulder surgery and subsequent 6 month rehab, I got a job - like the real 30-40hr a week kind, I switched sports to the indoor variety and played a short stint on the National Women’s Team, I came back to the beach, I started new team’s (I don’t have enough fingers for all of them..) and I parted ways with just as many.
Everything that happened taught me something, here’s my learnings from the last Olympiad.
The people you surround yourself with make all the difference.
Surround yourself with people who challenge you, who excite you and who believe in the very best version of yourself. They are the people that will get you out of a funk, or remind you why you deserve the very best when you forget. If you have these people in your life, cherish them - they are priceless.
No-one else is going to do it for you.
The day I realised that I have full control over my career and my life was the day things changed. I’d been pushed from pillar to post for far too long, believing that it was the role I needed to be playing for some greater good. Boy, was I selling myself short.
It’s my job to hustle and make my goals &
dreams a reality, no-one else’s.
Own your power.
We were all born with a power, something unique that we can do better than anyone else on this earth. Own It. Learn what that is, then own the crap outta it. Defend it, stand up for it and thrust it forward into every day and only then will you start seeing opportunities and the world open up for you.
You can do it.
Sometimes someone else will tell you that you can 100% do what you want to do. But most of the time it’s the little voice in your head gently reminding you that you're capable. Make space in your day to listen for it, it’s always there.
If you're true to yourself constantly, you’ll attract the right people.
That’s one thing I am very sure of, that people come and go from life for a reason. They present themselves to help steer you towards what you really want. Sometimes they do this by challenging you, by pushing you or by pissing you off - but ultimately they all serve you.
These lessons of the last 4 years are my point of difference and my greatest strengths leading into the next Olympiad. I know myself better than ever and I’m really loving where I’m going. It’s time to step aside and see how great this world can REALLY be.