Last week was very full. I spent time guiding and teaching at Copper Mountain, wrote an article for InfoWorld magazine, and worked with a number of my clients. The snow here in Colorado has been great. We have continued to get snow off and on, and the snow surface has stayed fresh.
As I mentioned in my last e-mail, one of the people I taught was Nancy. What an inspiration she was! She is proof that you are capable of far more than you realize. Nancy and I have chatted a couple of times since, and I'd like you to see her even more clearly...
Ten years ago, Nancy and her husband got the shock of their lives... she had cancer. And not just any cancer, but stage 3 that was threatening her life. After considering the alternatives, they decided on the most aggressive form of chemotherapy. Even now, more than ten years later, she is still on medications to control the aftermath. Those medications weaken her bones and make skiing a more fearful experience.
But, she won't give up.
She told me that she's always been active. She was a tomboy growing up, and has played sports all her life. Her fight against cancer put her back a bit, but she wasn't going to let it win. So here she was last week, out skiing for the afternoon, and I got to be with her.
During our time together I skied behind her so she wouldn't have to worry about anyone coming down on her from above. My bright red and orange uniform made me easy to spot... and also made it clear that there was a resort staff person who could pull a lift ticket if necessary. I also gave her a few thoughts about her skiing.
We talked about her movements, and how moving into the future makes all the difference. She felt the change. In fact, like in my book (http://stephenhultquist.com/skiing.html), we talked about how the very things that apply in life apply in skiing... and vice versa.
Nancy had a breakthrough that day. She went from being full of doubt to confident and faster than she had thought possible. When I saw her later in the week, she was beaming. She's delighted with the way that she's moving forward.
You can, too.
What's your excuse? It's time to just let it go. Someone has already overcome far worse to achieve more than you can see. There is no reason that you can't do it, too. No reason other than your own limitations of thought and belief.
Stephen Sven Hultquist
PS Nancy ordered a copy of the book, and I've autographed it for her. It was my honor to spend the day skiing with her and sharing her gracious spirit. You can have our own copy, specially autographed, by ordering it from this page: http://stephenhultquist.com/skiing.html.