So who has set their goals? And even more so, who has stuck to their New Year Resolutions? In keeping with the theme of “New Year, New You” let’s revisit our purpose for setting goals. I’ve read many comments recently on Facebook; many actually look down on setting New Year’s Resolutions. Friends, you can call them what ever you’d like; the fact is that the start of a new year is a great time to reset your mind and intention for your life.
Recently I had the opportunity to connect with Politichick and actress Courtenay Turner. Courtenay has an incredible story and perhaps she will encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize.
I asked Courtenay how she felt about being alive. You see, Courtney was born with congenital rubella and by God’s divine intervention was she not aborted. Courtenay expressed sheer delight and gratitude for the doctor’s oversight which led to her being carried out full term. Not only was she born with rubella, but she was also blind in one eye and deaf until she was 6 years old. With all the circumstances stacked against her and her parents, this family looked beyond them and believed she was capable of great things!
Courtenay is a go-getter. As an actress and producer, she’s seen her share of hard work–and with hard work comes great success. The challenges in her life have not deterred her from pushing forward and making great strides no matter how painful, both physically and mentally, in order to reach her dreams.
Whenever Courtenay finds herself in a funk she says she “turns to the gym.” In life she has found that exercise is a great outlet, a place where she can find tangible and instant gratification. Throughout her life, the gym has also been a great schoolroom for life lessons. With Courtenay’s added physical drawbacks, progressing through the “normal” stages of life hasn’t been without its challenges. The gym has proven to teach her lessons in conquering fear, intimidation, distractions and limitations, in both the gym and in life.
It’s not a coincidence that our conversation found us talking of new goals for the New Year. After over a decade of her training in the gym, Courtenay once again found herself in a funk. It was time to set new goals, new challenges. With encouragement from her longtime friend and trainer, she was inspired to audition for the television show, America’s Ninja Warrior!
Courtenay and I both believe that the New Year is a great time to reset your mind. The time is ripe for a new mindset and for refocusing on forgotten goals or setting new ones. It’s a great time to believe in yourself again. Setting and achieving short term and long term goals is great for your self-esteem. Don’t let a few obstacles get in your way of realizing your dreams! Get out there and challenge yourself.
Courtenay is working on developing new skills to make sure she’s a top contender for the show. She’s also working on honing in on her current strengths. Courtenay’s current journey isn’t without its own set of challenges; she recently fell off of an 18 ft wall. She decides not to look at these as set back but as opportunities to grow in strength and belief in her ability; in her resolve, in herself. To accomplish all that is set before her.
We can all take a lesson from Courtenay’s book and set some high goals for our own lives this year. 2015 is looking like a good year to me, how about you? It has been a pleasure getting hear about Courtenay’s many adventures. We believe Courtenay will be chosen for the show and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as she conquers each episode of American Ninja Warrior. We believe in you Courtenay!