"Looking back, I see that my greatest blessings came from taking risks."
After a decade and a half of post-high school education, I’m officially done with medical training. What if one thing had gone differently? Would I still be a dermatologist? Would I still be a triathlete? Would I have met my spouse? So many questions! Looking back, I see that my greatest blessings came from taking risks. Taking risks is not easy! It involves a lot of sacrifice and faith in order to, hopefully, achieve something greater. In this blog, I will share a few of the lessons I’ve learned. I hope to encourage you to take risks and believe that you CAN achieve your dreams.
Don’t let the words "can’t" and "never" control you.
So many times I’ve let these words control my thinking. “I can’t be an athlete." "I’ll never be a dermatologist." It is so easy to get discouraged when you aren’t seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Whenever you need a confidence boost, change "can’t" to "can." "Not now" doesn’t mean never. Sometimes waiting and continuing to work hard will bring something even greater. Believe that you can!
Let your failures drive you NOT define you.
Don’t let your failures define you. Let them drive and shape you. Just because you are cut from the team (I’ve totally been there!), doesn’t mean you’ll never achieve your dreams. I’ve learned more from my failures than my achievements. Failure makes you stronger. It shapes you. Are you motivated to take that risk and achieve your dreams? Then, when you get knocked down, get back up. And, remember: the path to achieve your goals may look completely different than you had anticipated. The medical training journey I’ve been on has been a wild one! And, I’m so, so grateful that I did it!
Put in the work.
"Keep showing up!" I love that advice from Des Linden after she won the Boston Marathon. Success takes time, discipline and sacrifice. You may be moved around the country. You may be waking up at 5 am to study, work, or train. The daily grind may seem to go on forever. Anything worth achieving will not be easy. Want to achieve something greater? Then, keep showing up!
Trust your squad.
If you are planning to take risks and go for something greater, you need a support crew. Lean on your squad to keep you accountable and on-track. And, don’t forget to be humble and thankful. Remember where you came from. Be thankful for where you are. And, be grateful for those who helped you along the way!
Are you ready? Take that risk and believe that you CAN achieve your dreams!
Written By: Amanda Suggs, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
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