running-1245640_1920I have been enjoying these Olympic games! From my fellow Marylanders, Ledecky and Phelps swimming like they were the only ones in the pool to the Simones (Manuel and Biles) carving their place in history and setting an example for Black girls (and women!) everywhere; these games have been AH-MAZING! There have been way too many special moments to recount, but one really got me going…

Ladies, you know I’m all about bouncing back. The track & field events started a few days ago. If you didn’t see the 10,000m race, go Google Mo Farah.

Mo fell down early in the race and went on to win the gold. He literally went from the ground to the gold.

Here are 3 Observations to take away from Mo’s story:

1. Don’t let your circumstance nor your emotions distract you from your assignment.

Mo’s circumstance was that he fell. He was on the ground while the other racers were continuing their strides toward the finish line. Mo fell in front of thousands of people. He had to watch racers pass him by. However, he had an assignment to finish that race. No matter his circumstance, in spite of his bruised body and bruised ego, he did not allow ANYTHING to distract him from completing his assignment.

You may have fallen in your life. You may be on the ground right now. BUT, just because you are down does not mean you are out. Don’t let what you see and what you feel distract you from your assignment.

2. You have a choice: stay down or get up!

While he was on the ground, Mo had a choice. He could’ve decided to stay on the ground and say, “I fell. There’s no way I’m going to win now.” But, he chose to get up!

You may be in a position where you have to make a choice. If you are going to get your bounce back, it requires that you CHOOSE TO GET UP!

3. Finish the race–STRONG!

I watched the 400m hurdles last night and during one of the semifinals, a woman fell. She got up. She finished the race. BUT, she didn’t finish strong. She made up in her mind that she was going to finish the race, but she resigned herself to the fact that she couldn’t win. Mo went from the ground to the gold by deciding that he was not only going to finish the race, but give it all he had. He finished strong.

It’s not enough for you to get up after a fall. You still have an assignment that must be completed. In order to do so, you have to finish the race and finish it strong. You have to put your best foot forward and give it all the fight that you can give.

Let Mo Farah be an example for you to get your bounce back. Go from the ground to the gold!