Perspective Keeps Things in Focus

I have 5 weeks left until I complete one of the most scary and exhilarating events of my life.

It would be a slight understatement to say there have been some ups and downs along the way.  As I near the finish line, I am not even close to where I had hoped I would be…but do you know what?  That’s ok.

I have to remember:

  1. I am doing this for ME.
    I am not competing for the other women on the stage, to impress anyone, or to set a world record the first time I compete. I am competing as a means to be the very best Donloree that I can be.
  2. Where I came from.
    I used to weigh 211 pounds, wear size 18 pants, had little to no self esteem, and could barely present a paper to my fellow classmates in University without a severe layer of deodorant to  keep me from sweating to death. That woman deserves to be fought for and shown she can do anything she puts her mind to.
  3. You only get today once.
    I am going to train as hard as I can, eat as clean as I can, and be as positive as I can every single day.  I am going to choose to do my best every day and if I do that I can truly be the proudest woman on the stage even if I am not the leanest.
  4. Being brave isn’t easy, rather it is inspiring.
    Bravery isn’t about doing the craziest things in life.  It’s about doing the things you know you have to do and are scared out of your mind to do, but you do them anyways.  When you are brave you break the power of fear in areas of your life and inspire others to do the same.  My journey is a brave one.  I hope that along the way people are inspired to do something brave for themselves.
  5. This the beginning, not the end.
    In 5 weeks I will have a benchmark of where I started, a place to launch off of to do even better in the future.  There are no rules and I will have a start that I can be extremely proud of.

My perspective will be focussed on these things.  Disappointment in myself is NOT an option.

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  1. You’re an inspiration, my friend. If you weren’t doing this, I wouldn’t be facing my fear of full-contact kickboxing. You’re a perfect example of how you shouldn’t let fear prevent you from doing something you really want to do.

    (Did I set that up well enough to be able to blame you when I get punched in the face??)

  2. Krissy Jake-Smith says

    First off, I love reading this blog. Not only are you a great writer, but you’re hilarious, humble, honourable and incredibly inspiring. Your current perspective is beautiful and just so darned healthy. Be the best YOU that you can be, because you can only be the second best SOMEBODY ELSE.

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