When you decide, truly make a decision to change, things will change. I’ve heard this shared by Jordan Kemper a few times, the word decision is
I have seen this again and again in many of the leaders that I am surrounded by. This process of making a decision, getting clear and then express gratitude in the present for what is on it’s way is very powerful! Add a dose of visualization and you’re guaranteed to succeed!
Years ago, I had a dream to do an Ironman triathlon. When I was a teenager, I had seen highlights from the race on tv with my mom and I told her that one day I would compete in an Ironman event. A full Ironman distance race is a 3.8 km open water swim, followed by a 180 km bike (road) and finishing with a full marathon run, 42.2 km. At the time, I had chronic pain in both knees from 8 years of gymnastics as a child and couldn’t run to catch the bus, so it was truly an impossible dream.
I studied Kinesiology (human movement) at McMaster University and was surrounded by athletes. I still couldn’t run, although I did swim (not competitively) and inline skate to get around campus. Triathlon and Ironman was definitely out of reach. My first job out of school was working in a physiotherapy clinic as a kinesiologist. Unfortunately, the job involved going up and down stairs all day and teaching exercise classes to seniors (low impact) and it was too much for my knees. I ended up spending more time getting treated then some of the patients did! Thankfully, I met Wendy, the physiotherapist who changed my life. I had tried many, many things over the years to help with my knee pain and nothing had worked in a decade. Wendy helped me with some simple exercises to help with a muscle imbalance and other therapies, and then gently encouraged me to give running a try.
The first time I ran for a minute on the treadmill, I was overjoyed. I was 22 and hadn’t run in 10 years. My knees still hurt, but they didn’t get any worse so I figured I was ok. I was so used to waking up in pain every day that I figured I’d rather be running and in pain than not running at all. As soon as I realized I COULD run again, I signed up for my first 5 K race. By then I was working in customer service for New Balance Canada, the footwear company. A great place to start a triathlon career! And that’s what I did. I bought a bike for $40 and started riding around my neighborhood. I got back in the pool and did Masters’ Swimming. And I ran on a regular basis. That summer of 1999, I did my first triathlon.
Once I did my first race, I knew that I would eventually complete an Ironman. That dream had not disappeared. And I was determined to do it. I made a clear decision that that was where I was headed. It didn’t matter whether I had to overcome injuries or chronic knee pain, I was going to complete the race. Note that I always visualized not only competing in the race but also COMPLETING the race. I visualized crossing the finish line time and time again while I was training. And in 2003, I completed Ironman Canada and crossed the line with my best friend, Lee-Anne Chase. Life goal complete!
The lesson here? Don’t let your current set of circumstances determine what you can accomplish in the future. It is a blank slate. Make a clear DECISION and follow the simple steps and you’ll be able to manifest anything, and I mean anything you desire.
Day 16 of the #40daysofgratitude challenge. Lost count? Here’s an easy way to remember, simply add 3 (since we did 3 days in January) to the current date! It’s February 13th, so it’s day 16 of the challenge. I’ll be doing a special Valentine’s Day draw for all participants tomorrow. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #40daysofgratitude so that I can find your posts on Instagram and Facebook!