As a kid, I wasn’t really afraid of anything. My mother did a really great job exposing me to a lot of things and making me feel really secure. I grew up skiing in Rangeley, Maine. When there is an icy pitch that most skiers would cautiously ski the edges or shimmy down - I would just go for it - straight down. I thought - the less turns I make - the less chances to crash and burn. By-the-way, I am confident that my Mother did not enjoy watching me careen down a double black diamond at age 6 while my friend Martha, carefully and gracefully picked her way down, finding the powdery spots to make her ski-school perfect turns.
As I have gotten older, I have started to get afraid of things. Like heights… I was never afraid of heights as a kid and now I am so scared of heights. Just being a the top of a tall building causes me to take a focused deep breath. I don’t know if it is that I have left the security being a kid and now that I am a mother myself - I have so much responsibility.#somuchtolivefor <- kidding - that is dramatic, I know!
But - I remember being a kid - and just going for it. I still go ziplining when the opportunity presents itself. I just do it. I still take my family on trips high in the jungle on canopy tours. My 5 year old even reassured me on a recent trip when it got windy and I got squirrely ‘its ok mommy - just a few more steps.’
I think overcoming physical fear (ex: fear of heights) is important because feeling the fear and going for it anyway makes you feel unstoppable. They say bravery isn’t the absence of fear but action in the face of fear. The more you face your fears the less they can control you. What do you do to crush your fears? Let me know - I want to know!
Lots of love,
Imagine if you got what you want, every time.
No hard work.
No hard work required.
Some of you are saying… that would be great…
You would be weak!
And then, when something hard comes up in your life, you wouldn't know how to handle it, because you have never gone through anything that strengthens you.
You can not GROW without struggle.
You can not develop STRENGTH without resistance, without challenging yourself, without struggle.
PAIN is your friend.
Maybe not in the moment.
But for the evolution of your soul, for the long term benefit of you as a stronger human being – pain IS YOUR FRIEND.
If you didn't have failures,
If you didn't have struggles,
If you didn't have disappointment,
You could have no strength, no courage, no compassion.
How could you?
Those qualities are MADE from your pain and struggle.
You were given pain because you are strong enough to handle it.
You were given this LIFE because you are strong enough to live it.
Because you are strong enough to drive through it
To THRIVE THROUGH IT.
To inspire others through it.
They will look to you and say:
He did it,
She did it,
I have the strength to do it to.
You are stronger than you think.
You've survived all your challenges to this point
And you will survive whatever is coming.
But next time a struggle comes
I don't want you to curse the skies.
Know that it was sent for a reason and a lesson.
It might be to make you stronger, it might be to teach you patience, it might be for you to show others your spirit, there is a reason.
So don't you give up.
You have a purpose in this world.
And you will only find it if you keep going and keep GROWING.
credit: Fearless Motivation
This is my absolute favorite motivational quote (Mike sent it to me years ago) - it moves me to tears almost every single time that I listen to it on youtube. Do yourself a favor, the next time you are #havingaday and listen to the YouTube version by Fearless Motivation.
I just love this - life, the struggle, obstacles - they are all FOR us, to make us stronger. Everything - e v e r y t h i n g - the good, the bad, the ugly happens for a reason. It is how we chose to use the adversity in our lives that sets us apart. Who needed to hear this today?
Lots of Love,
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness