We Are The Champions by Queen has always been a favorite of mine. When I was younger, I naively thought Queen was kind of boasting a little. “Look! We’re the best!” I thought that was the reason sports teams used the song as their anthem—to intimidate their opponent by bragging how great they are. But I learned the real story behind the song and how far off I was after watching the documentary Queen Days of Our Lives, 2011 BBC. Now I love the song even more.
It was their way of fighting back against the beatdown; the critics and people judging them without a cause. Queen was popular, but not fashionable. They would get interviewed—repeatedly telling their stories and pouring out their hearts to the questions asked—and then be ripped apart by the press. They were following their instincts, and it made them FEEL GOOD. Truly doing things their own unique, magical way because it worked for them. They were happy—steadily working and devoted to their craft—then telling their story, and it just wasn’t coming out in the magazines the way they presented it. They were hurting no one.
“It’s been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose”
To keep an “I Am A Champion” mentality and an attitude of “We Can’t Possibly Lose” gives us internal power. Make it your mantra, no matter what! It’s a place to draw strength, not boasting.
We are the Champions was Queen’s reply to the critics and journalists. It was their power thinking. Power thinking is a bit different than positive thinking, as it’s based on the premise that everything is neutral. It’s up to ourselves to choose to assign values or emotions to every event and circumstance. So power thinking is YOU choosing to frame a situation in a way that is both useful and empowering to YOU.
“We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions”
It’s no different for people fighting on a day-to-day basis against health issues, the effects of an illness like celiac, or the things life throws at us in general. Follow your physician’s instructions and your gut instincts. And if you have celiac, follow the low carb, gluten-free diet, get 8 hours of sleep, exercise, and get outside! Whatever your job is, put power thinking into practice and make it FUN by being fully engaged and have a winners attitude every beautiful day. If you’re doing it with love—focusing on successful outcomes—you won’t believe all the goodness you will attract!
Remember… think of yourself as a champion. Because you are.