Tonight I had the incredible honor and privilege of meeting Shannon Miller – US gymnast, mother, and cancer survivor.
If you had told me 3 1/2 years ago when I moved to Saint Augustine that I would be going downtown on a Wednesday evening to attend an event sponsored by She Is Fierce held in to one of the most beautiful venues in Saint Augustine, The Treasury, and listening to inspiring women like Shannon Miller speak about having a gold-medal mindset, how to overcome the challenges in life with a positive attitude, and how to actively pursue your dreams, I would not have believed you.
Talk about accomplished – she was the 1993 and 1994 world all-around champion, the 1996 Olympic balance beam champion, the 1995 Pan-American games all around champion, and a member of the gold-medal winning Magnificent Seven team at the 1996 Olympics. She is the most decorated US gymnast, male or female, in the Olympic games with a total of seven metals. She has a combined total of 16 world championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996. She was the most successful American athlete of the 1992 Olympics winning five metals total.
But that’s not what she talked about. She spoke about goal setting, the importance of writing down the steps it would take for you to accomplish your goals, and then consistently pursuing them every day. She talked about all the work that goes into helping you reach your goals. In her opinion goals are reached during that hard work and because of that hard work and the consistency of the hard work. She talked about the “team” in our lives that are all an integral part of helping us accomplish our goals. She talked about why we should support each other, lift each other up, cheer each other on, and be there for each other as women just as her team members have always been there for her and she for them. Our team members are the people in our lives who know, like, trust and care about us and vice versa.
She talked about how they found out she had cancer and what she went through. She touched upon her mindset, realizing that she had a team of people helping her to beat cancer was key. She was not alone – she was part of a team!
She finished up with a question and answer session which was phenomenal. For the hour and 15 minutes that she spoke, she said so many profound things that there are just too many to mention here.
Shannon is beautiful inside and out! Shannon is an inspiration because despite her accomplishments, she made it perfectly clear that she is no different than you or I or any other female trying to navigate her way in the world today.
If you have not heard of this She Is Fierce organization in Saint Augustine, you need to get plugged in. Go to SheIsFierce for more information!