Doctors said he’d never walk again.
A freestyle motocross accident left Kevin wheelchair-bound. His injury was almost identical to his father Gerry’s, whose fall from a tree stand had left him a paraplegic just four years prior.
Two men in two wheelchairs in the same house dealt with loss in opposite ways. Kevin was determined to overcome the physical and emotional battle and fight his way back. However Gerry’s bitterness overtook him. He drove everyone away and eventually took his own life. The family was devastated.
Despite loss after loss, Kevin worked to rebuild his health, mind, and career. He chose to see it all as an opportunity to reinvent himself. Leaving motocross behind, he pursued sledge hockey and rose quickly to the top helping Canada earn gold in the 2013 World Championships and bronze in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
Today, Kevin shares his story to inspire others to adopt The Hero Mindset, a formula for you and your organization to drive results and embrace change.
“The key to managing change is to focus your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - Socrates
THE HERO MINDSET
Unlock the mindset to drive results and embrace change.
When you feel overwhelmed about an obstacle, a challenge, a decision that you have to make, or maybe some significant change that you or your organization are going through, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. You might start asking yourself questions like:
Why am I suffering?
What am I doing this for?
Is this worth it?
How do I get out of this situation?
What can I do?
There are so many moments where it can be easy to feel like a victim to your situation and that “the world” (or “your world”) is spinning out of control. You might fee like:
“My team’s organizational structure is changing and I don’t have the same role anymore.”
“Regulations are changing and my jobs is now becoming more demanding.”
“Parenthood is a bigger commitment than I planned on and now I am struggling in my career.”
“My relationship with my spouse is on the decline and I don’t know how we are going to turn things around.”
“I might be suffering from depression but am too scared to speak up. I don’t know what to do.”
These are your hero moments.
It is in these critical moments of decision that you focus on the things that are within your control to start moving the needle. By focusing on that, by taking small baby steps, and choosing to have an attitude of resilience, you too can make the change in your life and your organization that you desire.
1) ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY - We look for excuses all the time, but when was the last time you took an honest look at yourself for why things aren’t working out? Where in your life do YOU need to accept responsibility for your situation? What do YOU have control over?
2) TAKE THINGS ONE STEP AT A TIME - Nothing great was achieved overnight. It takes hundreds of small baby steps. When you don’t know where to start, start small. Break down your goals to get unstuck and move the needle towards your goals!
3) NEVER GIVE UP - Faith requires taking action even when you don’t see the results. Whatever your belief is, if you don’t believe in yourself, especially during the hard times, you will never see those brighter days that you long for. Choose to fight. Choose to keep digging. Choose to keep going!
It is in these moments that you choose to Be The Hero of Your Own Movie.