LIFE is about experiences – [Here’s one for you!]
They say a photo speaks a thousand words.
So far 2016 has been crazy. I’ve met a lot of new people, learned a lot of new things, but not many experiences come close to this.
The little girl you see in the photo travelled with her mother to come and hear me speak at the SFN fitness exhibition in Scotland earlier this year.
She’d just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a few weeks previously and was going through a tough time with her health. Her mother was incredibly anxious about her daughter’s well-being and future. It turned out this kid was pretty gifted at gymnastics, training at a very high junior level with tonnes of potential.
Since being diagnosed her body and mind had taken a hit. She couldn’t perform, enjoy or hope like ever before, forcing her to feel down and question her identity.
Seeing such a young kid with limiting beliefs hit a nerve with me. In fact, I saw myself and what I went through.
There was no chance on earth I was letting her (or her mum) leave the building and live another day feeling hopeless and accepting things just ‘wouldn’t be the same again.’
It was in my nature to help. I had to! No two ways about it! I shared every piece of motivation, experience and practical knowledge I had.
Here’s the kicker.
Before going back on stage, the little girl looked me bang in the eyes, smiled, gave me a fist pump and said with a tear in her eye ‘life is what you make of it.’
^ Mind blown! Penny dropped, and I said to myself, ‘That’s why I do what I do.’ smirked and went my way.
I’ll never forget it.
We live in an era where everyone wants to automate their business and make as little human contact as possible. Don’t think like that. If you want to make a BIG impact on this world, personal touch will always trump automation.
Bearing hope is one of the most powerful things you can do. The world would be a better place if people did it more often!
^ Bear it every day!