Fitmark Ambassador Amanda Tamburello describes how fear can actually motivate you
Professional athlete, businesswoman, workout girl, outdoor freak, animal lover, and competitor. I wear many hats, but the most important one is my Jockey helmet. Jockeys are said to be the fittest athletes pound for pound, given the heaviest jockeys are weighing in at a whooping 115lb, one might call us scrappy..lol. Competition is against the horses and jockeys in each race while guiding a 1200lb animal to the wire first, traveling 40mph with only a helmet and vest as protection. It is an amazing profession and one that carries levels of fitness and motivation that are hard to outline.
Training and preparations are simulated off a horse with overall fitness and mental imagery, and hours on the horses backs are invaluable. Diet and lifestyle are impacted just as any athlete who desires the full capability to give every effort to win. So when I am asked the question, “what drives me towards the finish line”? How did I go from the girl who was picked last on team sports, as an equestrian competitor crippled with frustrating anger when I did not perform well, into a woman who has the courage to try anything…despite age and gender barriers??
One word, FEAR.
Yes. Really, fear.
The fear of missing my potential, the fear of being stagnant, the fear of being left out of an eye-opening adventure. That fear left me grounded in doubt and depression. Thanks to certain wonderful mentors, I slowly trusted that if I make an attempt, the seemingly impossible will reward me with a stepping stone. Those stepping stones led to windows and doors that open a path of winners circle celebrations and more opportunities to come. As soon as I let go of my NECESSITY to win, and BELIEVED in the courage to try, I started racing down a road to personal and professional success. And laughing…lots of laughing!!
That old saying, three things in life that are certain? Life, death and taxes…..add moving forward to that list.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013