It’s summertime, and July is traditionally a time when we think about vacations, sunshine, and the beach, but for me July also represents a different period of time in my life. It is the anniversary of my Dad taking his own life.
Mental health awareness has made huge gains in the last 5 years in terms of our openness to talk about this issue, and I embrace the opportunity to share my story publicly as often as I can. I believe mental health challenges like depression can be overcome, but to do so we need to keep the discussion going.
Estimating is a unique science and most of all what we need to remember about it is that it is only an estimation. By definition, to estimate means to “roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity or extent of” something. This means you are not “tied” to your estimation which means there is never a reason you can’t exceed your best estimate. That said, my advice I’d like to share with you today is to stop underestimating yourself.
Last time I talked about it’s ok to say no and today I’d like to remind you of another important thing heroes need to remember: that it’s ok to ask for help. Even pilots who fly solo or athletes who compete in individual sports still have an entire team of people standing behind them, folks who helped with the training, people who did the mechanical work and family who cheered them on.
As a former elite level athlete and someone who suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury, I can tell you all about what it takes to achieve both. One of my favourite sayings is “be the HERO in your own movie” and you might think that to be a hero, you always have to push yourself to the limit, to always say “Yes!” to challenges. Because that’s what a hero does right? A hero always answers “the call.” The reality is a true hero sometimes says “No.”
Hey it’s “Remps” here and you’ve probably heard this expression a ton of times over the years. According to Google, “A real blink of an eye takes 300 to 400 milliseconds.” In other words, not very long. Yet it’s true that in that time span, everything about your life, as you know it, can change – for better or worse. For me, it’s not so much about that defining moment, that blink of the eye when your life changes, rather it’s about how you choose to respond to that change.