We all get anxious, thinking that we can’t do things – even top athletes. It’s why my immediate reaction to any opportunity is always yes. Then I work out the details, and if it’s going to be physically or logistically difficult and won’t be possible, I move on – but I know I’ve explored the opportunity. If my first thought about the Great Barrier Challenge was that it would be too daunting, I never would have made it to the start line – so I’m extremely glad I said yes to it.
It’s important to remove the word ‘quitting’ from your vocabulary. Don’t even give it a voice. Once the option to stop enters your mind, it’s so easy to give in. But if the word isn’t in your head, it’s not there telling you to quit.
When presented with an opportunity, I always think, “What’s the worst that can happen?” If the worst thing isn’t that bad, what have you got to lose?