Spending the weekend surrounded by brilliant minds, motivational speakers, and fitness industry leaders has jarred my mind into creativity and high-speed thinking. Ok, this inspiration hasn’t come from just those sources, it’s an impossibility to not be inspired and motivated by successful people, and I would be lying to say that spending the weekend surrounded by the World Cup Champs (they are staying in my hotel, close to my room) and the talented mind of the hip hop industry haven’t motivated me to dream as well. All different examples, all the same message: create your own path and make it happen.
These people have made it happen. They decided what they loved to do, and they did it, because when we love what we do, we become great at it. People are drawn to greatness and want to feel its energy. It’s been amazing to see how many Team Spain fans have come to Providence, Rhode Island from Spain just to watch a soccer match, and to have the chance of getting to see one of their country’s (and the world’s) stars in person. My hotel is swarming with these Spanish tourists, hoping to get an autograph, hoping to feel like they took just a little part of the greatness.
What is it about someone that warrants a trans-contentental trip for a weekend soccer match? What is it that makes the Perform Better Functional Movement conference that I am attending be sold out with fitness professional attendees from across the country and as far as South Africa? We all want to be part of something great, and we all can be. I believe this greatness starts with passion, for passion is contagious; it fills us with life and opens our paths to worlds, people and opportunities we never imagined possible.
Our lives and our careers, athletic or otherwise, are not random. They are formed like paint on a blank canvass; we hold the paint brush, we chose the colors, and we design our path. What path are you designing for yourself today? What colors does your brush dip itself into and what colors define the life that you want to live?
Color yourself with life, self-love, and love for others today and see where that takes you. Then color your canvass and design your path, you won’t regret any paint strokes you take, for with great risk comes great reward.