Kate Smyth - 2008 Australian Olympian - Women’s Marathon
As an accomplished marathoner Kate’s goal was to represent Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her training had been hampered through illness and the odds were not in favour of her qualifying. Kate was coached to put these setbacks behind her and use simple daily visualizations to build her belief in herself.
Each day Kate visualised running a marathon in 2 hours and 28 minutes. She created six cards with 2.28 I CAN on them. They were placed on the refrigerator, the food cupboard, and a light switch in her hallway, the toilet seat, on her front door and on the steering wheel of her car. This was a great way to maintain focus on her goal. She also set the alarm on her sports watch to beep at 2.28pm every day. When this alarm went each day, she stopped what she was doing and imagined what she would feel like when she had run the marathon in 2 hours 28 minutes.
Kate ran a marathon in Japan on Sunday, April 20th, 2008. With each step she said to herself, ‘I can, I can, I can’, so that there was no room for defeating thoughts to enter her mind. Kate ran 2 hours 28 minutes and 51 seconds and easily qualiﬁed for selection in the Olympic team.
“Thanks Julie and The Metabolic Clock. I wouldn’t have made it to the Beijing Olympics without you. I have learnt that believing in myself is a very powerful strategy for the achievement of my dreams.”.— Kate Smyth
Leeanne often gave up on her attempts to create a healthy lifestyle. As a child Leeanne was often bullied and she bottled up her feelings. Guided by her coach, she was taught to deal with these emotions in a healthy and simple way.
Feeling inspired Leanne now found it easier to make healthy choices. She decided to exercise her legs, what she calls her ‘trouble spot’, so began going to the local swimming pool. Three times a week she put flippers on and kicked her way up and down the pool holding onto a kick board.
A mother of two young children would often snicker and taunt Leeanne suggesting that she was too old to kick her way up and down the pool like a child. Leeanne almost gave up going to the pool, then, she remembered the simple technique taught to her and she dealt with her feelings.
The next day she arrived at the pool and the lady began to snicker and taunt. Leeanne smiled and said, “I notice you snickering at me. But achieving my goal is important, so I am going to ignore your snickering.”
The lady replied, “Actually I am jealous of you. I wish I had your determination.”
“I was so good at bottling things up inside of myself, and not being honest about my feelings. It was so worth the discovery to acknowledge the events that triggered me into feeling that I was not good enough, and most importantly, let them go. This makes it easier to love me and now I have the tools to never let it happen again.”
— Leeanne Bird