I watched the Women’s World Cup Soccer final yesterday as the USA pulled off a gutsy, inspirational performance full of heart and character to achieve a historic win against Japan. But it was a deeply moving interview I saw in the match build up on the TV that really struck home for me and beautifully summed up what it takes to achieve your dreams.

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What you MUST know about achieving your goals from USA World Cup Champ, Abby Wambach

Lessons from Amy Wambach to achieve your gaolsI watched the Women’s World Cup Soccer final yesterday as the USA pulled off a gutsy, inspirational performance full of heart and character to achieve a historic win against Japan.

But it was a deeply moving interview I saw in the match build up on the TV that really struck home for me and beautifully summed up what it takes to achieve your dreams and the results you want in all areas of your life.

The interview was with the US player Abby Wambach. If you don’t know who she is, she has been part of the US National Women’s Soccer team since 2001. She has won gold Olympic medals.  She holds the record as the highest goal scorer ever for the US national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players.

The list of her achievements could go on and on, but you get the drift. This is a women who has achieved her dreams and goals big style.

This world cup final was to be her last as she is in the twilight of her professional career on Team USA and so the TV interview she gave had extra poignancy and meaning.

Before the interview started she took the unusual step of telling the TV crew she wanted to do this alone and asked them all to leave the room. She then proceeded to movingly talk from her heart about the factors that have contributed to her success.

What struck me deeply as I listened to her monologue was how much of what she said applies to all of us as we shoot for our dreams and the goals we want to achieve in our life, work and relationships. You can see the video of her full interview below and it is well worth watching.

Here are some of the key points she made and what they mean for all of us:

“The only way we win, the only way we get to that top podium, is if we believe in each other, and we fight, and we fight and we fight some more.”

If you aren’t willing to fight for your dreams and the life you want and keep on fighting for as long as it takes, you are unlikely to achieve them. I know from personal experience the truth in this. The road to your dreams and achieving your goals isn’t all Disney and Hollywood. It is bloody hard work. But it is bloody worth it too. If you don’t feel your dreams and goals are worth fighting for you have the wrong dreams and goals.

“It’s not just going to be handed to us.”

Stop waiting for it to come to you. It isn’t going to happen. You have to go get it and make it happen.

“We all have dreams. And if you are out there and you have a dream and you want something, and you want something so bad, you gotta risk everything. You’ve got to risk being completely devastated if you don’t achieve it. And when you fall down you gotta get back up.”

When I heard her say this it moved me to tears because it resonated so much. I have made huge changes in my life, work and relationships over the last 15 years in order to shoot for my dreams and create a life that has more meaning, fulfillment and freedom. It meant taking big risks. And there is no guarantee they will work. If you want to know for sure something will work before you shoot for your dreams, you are in for a lot of disappointment and running the risk of staying stuck. Once you have done your planning and risk assessing, there is only one way to know for sure if it will work, and that is to give it a go, knowing that there is a chance it won’t work.

Personally, I would rather give something I go, even if it doesn’t work out, than spend the rest of my life wondering what might have been. .

“Whatever that game calls for, we have to bring the fire….Whatever my role is, whatever my job is….I’m going to do a little bit extra. Because I think that is what it is going to take.”

Do what you have got to do with passion, heart and a fire in your soul. Because that is what will carry you through the challenges, setbacks and hard work and lead you to glory.

“….this entire group of women who have shown me the way, who have taught me about myself, who have made me soul search and find out more about who I am and who I want to be. That’s what makes this so special. It is not just about wins and losses….it is about learning, it is about growing, it is about being you.”

Who you surround yourself with has a massive impact on what you achieve in all areas of your life. Choose wisely. And perhaps the biggest result of chasing what you really want in your life is the personal growth. Because nothing changes without committing to learning and growing as a person.

“I know we can do it. Just gotta believe. We just got to believe.”     

You might not know how you will do it. But at the start you have just got to believe to your core it is possible. Then start taking steps in that direction to make it so.

Watch the full Abby Wambach video below. It is moving and inspiring.

 

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