On this episode, the first of the Trail Angels podcast, we introduce you to our “base camp” hosts Amanda, Vanessa, and Robyn, and share a little about our backgrounds and the reason we are so passionate about inspiring others to live their most amazing lives. But the show isn’t just about us–it’s ultimately about helping you live a “C4” life: doing cool things with cool people in cool places for a cool cause. Thanks for joining us, and we’re thrilled that you’re taking the journey with us.
You'll also discover:
- What to expect on each week’s show.
- How Project Athena helps survivors live their adventurous dreams as part of their recovery.
- How you can inspire and amaze yourself when you take on challenges you’ve never faced before.
- The number of Ironman triathlons Amanda has participated in.
- Vanessa’s story of hiking across the Grand Canyon.
- Fascinating details about Robyn’s upcoming adventure–the world’s longest non-stop paddleboat race.
- The difference between “poodles” and “rottweilers” in the racing community.
- Details about several of the upcoming adventures Project Athena is hosting.
- Previews of the next few podcast guests.
- Why you should always have a goal on your calendar.
As I have studied successful people, one of the common traits I find is optimism. Not naive or overdone – just a positive approach to life, leadership, challenges, and what is possible. Those who believe in positive results think the world looks bright. They see the good in things and not just the bad. They carry a smile on their face instead of a frown. Author John Maxwell said, “A pessimist is a person who regardless of the present is disappointed in the future.” An optimist then is a person who regardless of the present is excited about the future.
The world is full of pessimists. We are conditioned to be negative and cynical. I find it interesting that very few people would admit to being negative. They use the excuse that they are “realists” not “pessimists”. The problem with that is reality is based on perception. We create our world and our experiences. Optimists just tends to create better worlds.
My great-grandfather, Donald Bowman, was an optimist. My dad and his brothers helped my great-grandfather build a cabin in Idaho before he died. They worked over a couple of summers and by the end Grandpa Bowman had gone blind due to diabetes. Joking around with him one day, one of the boys asked what he would do if a bear came. Grandpa Bowman smiled and said, “I would run and climb the first tree I ran into.”
People who are optimistic view problems in life as a crossroad and not as a cliff. They see the opportunity for growth not the peril of death. Cultivating an optimistic outlook on life will serve you well.