Everyone needs a break

by / Wednesday, June 17, 2009 / Published in Fitnesss 4 All 50 State Tour

It was good to get a break. When you are working out you take break days to give your muscles time to repair and your body time to recover. As a Paralympian and champion wheelchair athlete I know the importance of rest. Today I recovered. I stayed busy and got things done but stayed off the road.

Duane, Nadine, Steven, Dora, Bonnie & Kevin taking easy resting9 a.m. CST – After the physical and emotional exertion of the day before, all of us needed to rest.  During this time, we organized the trailer by rearranging and labeling everything.  I found out that bags worked better than boxes for organization.  They helped keep things from falling over.  While Andy visited with a friend, Dora and I went to buy some office supplies and looked into getting a camera.  We also purchased a wireless modem for our laptop, walkie-talkies for the chair and vehicle to communicate, a weather radio, and a pair of binoculars so we could see street signs from a great distance.  These errands took most of the entire day.

In life you need to give yourself a break as well. If you mess up or make a mistake take responsibility for it but don’t beat yourself up. Give yourself a break; after all you’re only human. You will do better tomorrow and better yet the day after that. I try to teach this as a motivational speaker and inspirational athlete. Always strive to do better, improve all little every day and don’t let your mistakes knock you down and keep you there.

Like the revolutions of a wheel life moves on and it will be glorious if you let it. I was appearing as a motivational speaker once at a school, (I am also a school speaker, church speaker, corporate speaker and sports speaker) and a young man came up to me and said he’d just about had it. He’d made a lot mistakes, did poorly in his studies and had decided to give up, just quit school and move on.

I spoke to him and he decided to give it one more chance. Well, I kept up with the guy and he not only graduated school but went on to college and is now a respected businessman in his home town providing inspiration to others. You see, he was ready to give up but took just one more chance and became a success. Maybe your big success is just one more chance away. The crucial lesson is never give up because there’s always a way. What a shame it would be if you gave up just as your ticket to win was about to come in. I assure you, if you persevere and find ways to stay motivated good things will happen. Look for a little inspirational faith at your church. Take advice from a motivational coach, talk to a friend or relative. Do whatever it takes to keep improving and becoming the person you want to be. It can’t rain all the time and your chance to be in the sun is right around the corner.

Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders, motivational speaker
Kevin Saunders


Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.


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