White Out

I skied in a near white out last weekend. At some points in the run, I couldn’t see more than 10 feet ahead.

I had fallen hard the first run of the day and been shaken up pretty good. Part of me had wanted to throw in the towel right then.

This happens to us over and over again in life. We go for something and we fall. We fail. It gets scary. It’s tempting to give up. This has happened to me in creating my business more times than I care to count.

But willpower is a muscle as they say and over time I’ve been building mine. I got a drink of water, took a rest, and put myself out there again. And I was able to experience the surreal beauty of skiing in near total whiteness. To feel the fear and the adrenaline rush and the pride.

I gave myself a pep talk through each run – “legs close together, core tight, you got this.” (I may have even sang some “Roar.") And I got through it, feeling stronger and more confident with each mini victory, each new slope conquered.

Are you on the sidelines because of a previous failure or setback? I know the feeling. And our minds are rarely our allies – often spouting more negative self-hate than we’d dare say to our worst enemies. But our minds can also be our biggest champions. You just have to chose – core tight – to get back in the game and tell yourself over and over again “You got this. You got this. You got this.”

Here I am now - I’m pushing ahead with my new focus on weight loss and body love despite the fear. I can't see more than 10 feet in front of me, but it sure is a thrilling ride.