Passion leads on to fortune

The Olympics are a tapestry of human ambition. From the 100 metres to the marathon, athletes representing countries across the world are united in a common goal: to do their best when it matters most.

Whether from a seat in the Olympic arena or the comfort of our living room, we are entertained by uncompromising will, courage and above all, performances drenched with passion because they resonate with the deepest yearnings of our soul.

Passion, by original definition, means ‘to suffer’. And in striving for greatness, Olympians find inches when no inches can be found; they hope when all hope is lost, and they suffer again and again without knowing whether glory or condemnation awaits them when the competition ends.

In those foreboding moments when they wonder what it is all for, their passion inspires them. Brutus captures this notion precisely as he speaks to Cassius in Julius Caesar: “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.”

But when that passion is ebbing, it is sometimes the sports psychologist to whom athletes turn. With calmness and reassurance, a different perspective emerges through their alliance that rekindles the flame of passion.

When the Olympian crosses the finish line, it is with some gentle support taken from the craft of a sport psychologist.