Real or fictional, can you think of someone who you totally admire and want to emulate?
I have a list a mile long, but at the top of it has to be Lisa Osborne, the New Zealand born program director for BodyAttack. Not far behind Lisa would be Sheryl Sandberg (the COO of Facebook, and the author of “Lean In”, a book about women, work and the will to lead which I haven’t been able to put down since I bought it). If you asked me to keep going, I would list off Ray Zahab (ex-chain smoker and pub-crawler turned ultra marathoner and social activist for clean drinking water), Tosca Reno (author of The Eat Clean Diet, cancer-widow of Robert Kennedy and ex-editor in chief of Oxygen Magazine), my mom, for facing the diagnosis of one of her children with a nearly terminal cancer, and handling it with the grace and strength of a marble statue.
The world is full of heroes, all you have to do is look around, and you’ll find one somewhere.
What struck me tonight though, as I sat on my couch devouring Lindt chocolates with my injured foot up on the couch (grumble, grumble), was the key message delivered to us this quarter by the woman at the top of my list; Lisa Osborne.
At the beginning of this particular BodyAttack release, the key message that Lisa asked us instructors to take back to our classes was this one: Be Your Own Hero. The funny part is that as I sit here on my couch, feeling kind of sorry for myself, worrying endlessly about my classes and my marathon, and stuffing chocolates in my face, I couldn’t feel further from a hero.
Something in Lisa’s message got me thinking a bit about what qualities I admire most in the people that I listed above. Kindness is number one. Hard work is number two. Strength of character and physical strength is number three. Courage is number four. Intelligence is number five. Resilience is number six. I could go on and on.
Today’s post is short, but I really wanted to share Lisa’s message about Being Your Own Hero with you. My goal for the next little while is to carry that message with me through everything that I do. If I was watching myself from the outside in, what would I think? Would my actions, thoughts, words be something that I admired if they were coming from someone else? If not, maybe I need to think about those actions, thoughts or words a little bit more.
What do you think? What if at the end of the day, we looked back at ourselves with the same sort of admiration that we look at those incredible people that we idolize? I think that would be pretty cool. I hope you do too.
Happy Tuesday all – hope you’re having a fantastic week.