On July 11th 2015, Serena Williams beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza to win Wimbledon for the sixth time, bringing the number of her major grand slam wins to 21! She is the holder of all 4 major tennis titles, an achievement that we can now proudly call “The Serena Slam.”
As I watched her win the Wimbledon Championship, I was convinced more than ever that we can all learn something from this phenomenal woman. As we admire one of the greatest sporting champions in the world, I believe that it is just as important to learn from her greatness. We must find our own greatness and be a champion in our own lives, whatever it is that you are trying to achieve in business or in life, you can be just as successful in your own right.
Here are 7 things that can be learnt from champion, Serena Williams:
1. Never Give Up.
We hear this ALL THE TIME, but how many of us really understand what this means? Never giving up means that even when you lose you have to keep on trying. If there’s something in your life that you are trying to accomplish but challenges and barriers keep getting in your way, take the time to assess a new way of thinking or find a new strategy. Quite often people give up on their goals because of failures and losses along the way, but it is not the goal that is impossible, sometimes it is the strategy of achieving that goal that is not working. You have to learn from a loss or failure and use it to motivate you further. When Serena loses a game she doesn’t focus on the loss as a disadvantage, she sees it as a chance to work on being even better and finds a way to win.
2. Be Gracious and Grateful When You Win.
Even when you know you are a winner be grateful for your wins in every aspect of your life. Wherever your success takes you, gratitude and respect to all those who have been your cheerleaders and supporters throughout your life is so important. Gratitude leads to abundance and it is also a sign of true inner beauty in my opinion, which is one of the things I admire most about Serena.
3. Do Not Hide Your Gifts.
When you know you are great, there is no need to apologise or shy away from your own greatness. The world deserves to see how great you are, the world wants to share your gifts. This is something I am still learning, to be honest, but watching Serena reminded me that I have my own gifts that I need to start sharing and I am sure you have them too. Very often it feels like bragging or showing off but it isn’t showing off, it’s showing the world how great life can be if we all shared our gifts consistently and honorably.
4. Have Fun When You Win.
Have fun and enjoy your journey, of course there will be stressful and challenging times but have fun along the way. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the moment, sometimes we take life a little bit too seriously. It’s important to take a moment just to have fun when you’re winning and do a little dance when you do win…
5. Be Yourself!
Yes, sometimes, we have to play the game, literally and figuratively, but in everything that you do stand firm to your own core values. No matter how successful you become in your business or career, being true to who you are is essential because there will be moments when the world will try to define who you should be on their own terms. Serena faces the media gaze and pressures more than most but she continues to stay focused and stays true to herself. Define yourself and your success based on your own values.
6. Believe in Yourself.
This is one of the most challenging but the most essential factors in order to achieve success. You have to believe in yourself. You have to visualise your success and truly believe that you are worthy of accomplishing your wildest dreams. Both Serena and Venus Williams have stated this on more than one occasion and they are champions. If you want to win you have to see yourself as a winner and work towards it.
7. Do The Work.
There is no great success that can ever be achieved without hard work. It is very simple. You cannot expect to achieve Serena’s success if you do not put in the work. Whatever it is you are seeking to achieve in this world work HARD to get there. It is worth it in the end. I’m still working on it but I believe it.
I hope you enjoyed this piece and I would love you to share your thoughts on being a champion in your life too.
Remember you can be the very best at what ever you want in life…the best of the best like Serena!