“Always do your best…Whatever your best is dive in and do it. Learning to read, fighting cancer, writing a book, running a 5k or a marathon. Give it your all and do your best. Your best is your best. It isn’t about whether you finish…it’s not about the end, but the start!” Amber Johnson
The above quote is from Amber Johnson who enjoys watching the popular show American Ninja Warrior Challenge with her kids. While watching one night she and her kids asked each other, “Can you do that? I can do that!” (Like I’m sure most of us do when watching this kind of show 🙂 We always think it looks easy.)
However, this conversation lit a fire in her and she started going after it.
She started training. Lost a ton of weight through all the rigorous physical activity and she accomplished her goal. She applied for America Ninja Warrior, was accepted and when time came to show what she could do, she was ready.
On June 3rd American Ninja Warrior Dallas appeared on NBC, and for the first time I saw and heard, Amber Johnson’s story while watching the show with my own son and husband (it’s quite entertaining if you haven’t seen it!). We were doing our own commenting on who we thought would or wouldn’t make it and whether or not we could do it. (OF COURSE I knew I could do ALL of the obstacles ;))
I was not only inspired by her tenacity and drive, but it got me thinking about the types of legacies we leave our kids or even those around us. We want to leave a spiritual but what about a dreaming legacy?
Do I show my kids that fear keeps me on the shore of self-doubt? Or that I trust God and fearlessly pursue my goals? ( <==== Tweet that)
If I want them to know they can do anything they put their mind to, don’t as their parent, like anything else, I need to model this for them?
“My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice instead. He got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was twelve years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.” Jim Carrey
Can I just say? Whoa.
This was circulating around Facebook and it seemed as if everyone was sharing it. So of course I clicked on the link to see what all the hoopla was about. Jim Carrey gave a commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa and when I listened to his speech all I could think was, yes, that’s it exactly!
We don’t dare do what we want, we trade passions for practicality. (<==== Tweet that)
We make excuses and lists of our cant’s and why not’s.
I’m proud of Amber for modeling dream-chasing for her children. She could have said it, “Well, they knew I was kidding, they know I’m not really going to train and go out for America Ninja Warrior. They aren’t going to hold me to it,” but she didn’t.
She got off the couch, trained and went for it. Despite her fear, despite her physical condition, her age or anything else.
That’s the kind of dream legacy I want to leave my kids.
Heck, that’s the kind of legacy of want to leave behind period.
What about you? What will your legacy be?
Shared by: Alecia Simersky