How To Be Your Own Cheerleader?
Her life is balanced. Her family raised her to treat tennis as number 4. God, Family, Education and then Tennis. She is the blue print on how to train an athlete regardless of gender.
She was Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year, 2015. It had been 30 years since a woman has won sportsperson of the year. She hopes that by winning this award, she inspires other women. She hopes another woman can win it before another 30 years. It can be achieved.
She has won 23 grand slams and still going. Only Margaret Court of Australia has won more with 24, but who knows with this amazing woman how long that record will stand.
Why is she so inspirational to us? No matter how much the critics hate her, she still rises.
She is an inspiration the way she has been an individual. Allowed her style to shine in her way. Her confidence. You can do it attitude.
Serena Williams started her career in 1984. Her goal was to win Wimbledon, only because her sister wanted to win. Then she said she wanted to win the US Open. She set goals and worked towards winning the goals. She still sets goals today and keeps training to win.
Serena was the youngest of 5 children.
At eleven years of age, her coach said of Serena (and her sister Venus) "Both girls would run over broken glass to get to a ball. She is the best, a natural. She knows where you are going to hit it before you do." Her coach asked her who she would like to be? Serena said, " I want people to be like me". I love her self-confidence.
There is so much to love about Serena Williams. Nothing was handed to her, she worked hard and continued to work hard. What inspires me personally about Serena is her self-belief, what we speak about all the time at Cazinc. Being a stylish woman is having a self-belief, which leads to happiness and success.
"It doesn't matter about age, you can achieve anything you set your mind to."
Serena's rise has not been smooth. She has lived through tragedies like we all have, including:
Blood clots in her lungs, both at the same time.
Didn't grow up with things handed to her.
People put her down because she was stronger.
People looked past her because of the colour of her skin and because she was different.
Critics told her she would never win another grand slam.
Serena has always pulled through all of the above, and she had to remain determined. Her success required discipline, hard work and self-belief.
"You have to believe in you. Be your cheerleader. Never stop believing in yourself."
Serena is still playing tennis while pregnant with her first child. She is a fashion designer with her label, which you can check out here.
We hope this article inspires you to be your cheerleader and never to stop believing in you. No matter what age, we can achieve anything we set our minds to accomplish. It takes discipline, hard work and the magic of self-belief.
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Enjoy watching beautiful Serena Williams accept her award.