YOU really can make YOUR wildest dreams come true ...
By Di Westaway | CEO & Founder Wild Women On Top
"I'm going to be the Australian champion one day," I told my mum when I was 12.
I loved spinning, cartwheeling and laughing with my friends in the old water drum in my backyard. Why not ... I thought.
But I quickly learned about failure ... and rejection.
I got chucked out of the YMCA gymnastics club at 13. My habit of jumping up on the bars for extra turns while the other girls were gossiping around the chalk bowl made enemies. The coaches met.
My passion to be the best resulted in me being banned from the gym. I was forced to train on my own, in my back yard, in the icy Canberra winter. It was super traumatic.
My mum helped me make a heart breaking plan to leave home at 14 to find a coach who could help me achieve my goal. I won a scholarship to a gymnastics school in America. Just after I returned, aged 16, I won the Australian Gymnastics Championships.
Twenty four years, two kids and two careers later … at age 40 … I had another massive failure. I failed to summit the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere, Mt Aconcagua, 6,982m, in Argentina.
I failed because I didn’t plan and train enough.
The brutal truth – I failed because I didn’t have the skills, experience, or mental tuffness to get to the top. I failed because I didn’t respect the difficulty of the challenge. I failed because I hadn’t done my homework.
But out of this failure came success. I learned that I had to share, to engage with a team, and Wild Women On Top: Trek Training for Adventure was born. Together, we inspire women get fit and healthy preparing for challenging wilderness adventures.
Eight years later, in 2008, we returned to Mt Aconcagua with our team of Wild Women On Top. Finally we stood on the summit of the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere: SUCCESS.
So, how do you achieve your wildest dreams? Believe it or not, there is a tried and tested system that we can all use.
First, you must methodically break down the massive mountain into smaller more manageable bite-sized pieces, known as short term goals.
Then break these further down into yummy little delicious morsels of manageable achievement EVERY day.
YOUR GOAL: Big, hairy and audacious
YOUR PLAN: Grab your diary & give your goal structure with dates for mini goals such as workout days, team training days, gear shopping days & intermediate challenges.
DO IT DAILY: Do a small thing EVERY DAY towards your goal. It might be as simple as reading a page from the e-book, getting new socks, doing a 30 minute interval training session on stairs or doing a yoga class.
If you want to know the mechanics of How to make your wildest health and fitness goals come true, check out the next Wild Women Weekly for Part 2.