“Be your own personal best” has always been our family mantra. As an extremely competitive child, I went for the best whether it was competing in ski competitions, doing well in school, or excelling at other hobbies. I loved to win.
Then, my accident changed everything including my outlook on the competition. I went from being one of the best freeskiers in the world to struggling to climb a flight of stairs.
I was now competing against my own personal best each day as I tried to relearn the skills I had lost. Progress was made over time, and I started to beat my own records for abilities like walking unassisted for a given distance, feeding myself without dropping my utensils, and getting out of bed and dressed in record time.
Today, I share my story of loss, recovery, and triumph with audiences all over the world to inspire others to realize their biggest competition is actually themselves. When you learn to be your own personal best, you’re able to feel more satisfaction, build lasting, internal motivation, and live an authentic, fulfilled life.