Cheryl St.John: Dream Like an Olympic Gold Medalist

I confess. I’m an Olympic junkie.

I guess I always have been. When they show those vintage (I like the word vintage, don’t you? It’s so much classier than ‘old.’) clips of previous trials and gold medalists, I remember watching the athletes at that time, too. I enjoy all of the behind-the-scenes info about the athletes, how they share their struggles and sacrifices and how their families support them.


Television coverage is so much more amazing now with all the technology. Watching the parents in the stands makes each endeavor all the more exciting. And this year has been exciting.

My favorite summer competitions are beach volleyball, gymnastics and swimming, and I try not to miss a minute. The women gymnasts had us on the edge of our seats this year, didn’t they? We cried with Jordan Weiber when she didn’t make it into the top two for individual competition. What a ridiculous rule. She’s better than many who made it through, but just because only two per team are allowed, the best athletes are not up there! Frustrating, isn’t it?


We held our breath when the did the USA team did the uneven bars and floor exercises—and cheered with them when they won. What a heart-pounding evening that was. With the men’s relay thrown in between, so we could be in suspense there too.

Watched a special on Marlen Esparsa’s journey through matches and world competitions to fight her way to a spot on the USA team. She will fight for a medal on Monday. Watching the Olympics is exhausting, I tell you!


I do love technology, but it can be very dangerous and incredibly distracting.. I can watch live television on Kindle or ipad anywhere I go that has WiFi. It’s a Dish perk. That means I can have Olympic coverage right at my desk. Sick, huh?


I had to turn it off today. I do have a deadline, after all.


We can liken what the Olympians do to reach their goals to any endeavor we might take on. Most of those athletes have prepared for this competition since they were children. They trained and sacrificed to get where they are. Anything a person wants badly enough is worth working toward.


Publishing a book doesn’t just happen. It’s a rare author who wakes up one day and says, “I’m going to write a NYT best seller this week,” and then sees the dream come to pass. Most dreams take an exhausting measure of effort and work. An extreme amount of sacrifice and dedication go into the successful writing and publication of a book.


Nobody else can make your dream happen. The people who make their dreams come true work on them every day. I look at those young people in London this week and am so impressed by their dedication to the Big Picture. They eat right. They train every single day. They get up early. They sacrifice other things to reach that one goal–the dream.

One of the commercials that’s been playing quotes several of them: “I haven’t watched TV since last summer.”

They set their goals and then they set their priorities to meet those goals. They have taken the steps, and the steps were huge and hot and sweaty and difficult. If we don’t set a goal and then commit  to take steps to make it happen–we end up where we’ve always been. There’s the stickler—the uncomfortable word: COMMIT. Pastor Dale Marples always said, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.” Change is hard, but we have good examples around us.


We can apply these principles to any endeavor we wish to pursue. Every dream is worthy of a chance.



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14 thoughts on “Cheryl St.John: Dream Like an Olympic Gold Medalist”

  1. Thanks for the good words, Cher. Love the post. I waited on a car repair yesterday and the BMW lobby has WiFi! Cracked me up. But I’m crashing out a deadline book , too, so I did NOT go online even though I had my laptop with me.

    I needed the following remarks: Pastor Dale Marples always said, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.” Change is hard, but we have good examples around us.

    Thank you. Needed a good jumpstart for the day. xoxox

  2. I was out of town for 3 days being a nanny for our daughters baby while she attended a conference. She is still nursing, so where she goes, the baby goes. However you can’t be on a panel presentation before several hundred people with a baby on your lap.

    Anyway, that meant I missed not only visiting my favorite blogs, but missing most of the Olympic coverage. No television allowed with the baby. My husband and I have been enjoying the extensive coverage this year. The minimal recaps of years past with more background stories of the athletes than event competition was annoying. My dad lives where he can get Canadian TV and has always watched their coverage because it was so much better. This year, NBC is doing a wonderful job of covering so many events, many of them live with online options to watch even more events.

    It is always wonderful to see the joy of the competitors when they have done well. It is easy to appreciate a good performance, even if it isn’t your team. Unfair scoring, and rules that make no sense (as with the gymnasts, the best of the best from all countries will not be competing) are always frustrating. Thankfully, for the most part, judging has been pretty fair so far, although the men’s gymnastic was iffy. How can you fall off the horse and still get gold?

    The work, dedication, and sacrifice these athletes and their families have put into getting to the games is inspiring and daunting. Everyone of these competitors is a winner just by making it to the Olympics.

  3. I’m with you on the Olympic junkie status. That’s so me. I just wish I didn’t have to go to work all day. I get updates on my phone, though. 🙂

    We’ren’t those USA gymnastic girls fabulous? And after the sad state of the men’s team and a big mistake on the pommel horse, we still got one of our men on the podium in the all around last night for the bronze. Go team USA!

  4. Hi Cheryl, loved your blog! I’m an Olympic junkie, too. It’s strange because I don’t normally care a hoot about sports.

    I have two deadlines next month, but some things take precedence.

    Missed you at the conference!

    Hugs, Margaret

  5. Cheryl, thanks for a great blog. While we were at RWA in Anaheim, Linda and I spent out last night watching the girl gymnasts. I was so proud of them and how they acted. Of course, out of five granddaughters I have had several gymnasts, but only one who has stuck with it. What a wonderful bunch of young ladies that represented the United State of America! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Phyliss

  6. Being on killer deadline, Cheryl, I haven’t watched the olympics at all, though I usually like them. I like the winter games even better, can’t miss the ice skating. Thanks for a great blog.

  7. Really enjoyed your post today, Cheryl, but then I always do. I wish I had these young peoples commitment to goals!

    By the way Sherri they were saying that there are rules for the beach volleyball that the uniform cannot be too big or long!!!

  8. And I thought I’d heard something about a rule change for their clothing, but some wore longer shirts and others didn’t. Have no idea.

    Of course it’s probably chilly there compared to California where they trained.

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