A few days ago, I got to experience taking “Being Bold” to a whole new level – both personally and 2nd hand.
Almost 2 years ago, I lost my dear father – Kenneth McKellar – to Pancreatic Cancer. It was sudden, totally unexpected and oh, so cruel. While memories are wonderful, it’s important to not only pro-actively remember loved ones, but also to use such a loss to help others. What better way than to challenge yourself to something way outside your comfort zone that raises money to for cancer research. So I signed up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer – a 200km ride through New South Wales to raise money for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA.
People who know me might think that isn’t too far a stretch for me, given I have been until very recently a competitive triathlete, racing in the World Championships. But a bike crash in the USA a year ago, stopped my competing (and almost stopped me too) in its tracks….so to get back on a bike to train for this ride has been a huge psychological challenge as I face my demons. Making that commitment and taking that plunge has been huge.
But not to leave it at that, I also put out a call to close friends on the Table of Fabulousness (a group of wonderful ladies who have been bold in their own right and have stepped out of the corporate world to pursue their entrepreneurial passions). Now I know each and every one of these ladies has taken that “bold” mantra so very far in their business lives. How would they cope outside most of their comfort zones from a physical sense?
Until they are trapped on difficult ground, soldiers are not fully concentrated in mind; once they have fallen into danger and difficulty, then the question of winning or losing depends on what people do. – Sun Tzu
Most had been touched by cancer either directly or in very close proximity, so the emotional attachment needed no jolting. It was the physical and psychological demands of training for and taking part in a 200km ride that was so daunting, especially to those who are not “bike fit”. But within hours, we had 10 members of the Fab Tab Ride to Conquer Cancer team. They are conquering their own fears and demons, by taking the plunge to do something so far out of their comfort zone. I’m so proud of them…!
The great thing is that as a team, we can support each other to get through this amazing conquest. We will face the danger and difficulty together and we will do it; and in doing so, raise awareness and importantly funds to help conquer cancer.
Step outside the comfort zones that are used to, and I look forward to sharing some of your experiences – whether physical, perhaps emotional, in business or in life.
If you’d like to support the Table of Fabulousness in our 200km quest to raise funds for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA, you can donate here.
Until next time…