There's no doubt that it's the challenges we face in life that make us stronger, and give us the opportunities to grow, and to become more than we ever imagined.
A few years ago, while in the midst of a job change I was driving and listening to NPR. There was a story about a competitor in the Iditarod, a nearly 1000 mile race across the Alaskan tundra, encompassing nine days through isolated territory, steep climbs, below freezing temperatures, and darkness. I remember contemplating the challenges that I faced ahead as I listened to the story about the race. I remember how one musher talked about the challenge of the race.
When asked why one would put themselves through this kind of experienced, the champion replied that it's the challenges that we face in life that allow us to grow, and continue to strive to be our very best.
Without facing challenges our lives can become stagnant, and we cease to grow. We cease to look beyond what we believe is possible.
We cease to strive to be our best.
Last week, as I prepared for my debut television appearance on Good Morning Maine in Bangor, I thought about this story about the Iditarod racers. If they could face all of the perils of the Alaskan wilderness, for NINE DAYS, over ONE THOUSAND MILES, in treacherous conditions, surely I could manage 3 1/2 minutes on live TV!
The experience was incredible! We arrived early and sat on the couch watching Blake Lipton and Gina Marini deliver the morning news to the Bangor community. And then it happened. Blake and Gina came over the couch during the commercial break. The cameras turned towards us. We made some pleasant small talk, which helped to ease my nervousness, and before I knew it.....
The count down to live began.....Three.....Two....One.....
And there I was, sitting on the couch next co-owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Bangor, Paige Wilcox. Blake is introducing us.
I'm wondering where do I look? At Blake? At Paige as she's talking? At the camera?
It doesn't matter....just smile!
The questions were asked....and then they were answered. I found it so easy because I knew the answers to these questions deep in my heart. I believe in what I'm doing. I am inspired by what has already been done in Bangor. I'm passionate about what I want to contribute to my community and to the business.
And then it was over. I had done it. I felt amazing!
Don't let your fears hold you back. Embrace the challenge. Use it as an opportunity. An opportunity for YOU. To be your BEST. To go after your fullest potential. Fear holds us back. It gives us excuses to not try. It keeps us stagnant. Embrace the challenge!
Even if you stumble, even if you fall, you will grow. You will learn. You will become better because of it.
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Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.