by Sellick Partnership | 04 April 2014
We recently saw a number of celebrities take part in various challenges and activities in order to raise money for Sport Relief.
One of those taking part was Davina McCall and I'm sure many of us will have seen her make headline news a few weeks ago when she was carried from the water at Lake Windermere, suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion. Having seen what she had pushed herself to, I watched the recent BBC tv programme 'Davina: Beyond Breaking Point' which tracked her challenge of travelling from Edinburgh to London through running, swimming and cycling, covering a distance of over 450 miles over seven days in order to raise money for this worthwhile cause.
This was a challenge that was clearly not for the faint hearted - Davina is certainly a woman who gives it her all.
The programme showed her starting her training a few months before the challenge and covered her getting ready for what lay ahead. On the morning of the start of her challenge, she was undertstandably nervous. Just a few hours into the beginning of her journey she was battling 70 mph winds on her bike and said she wasn't sure if she could carry on, yet she did.
Something kept her going.
Her second day saw her face her fear of the swim across Lake Windermere. After what was a gruelling swim that really did push her to her absolute limits, she was back on her bike after just a few hours rest and continuing on her way. Over the next few days she appeared to grow in confidence at what her challenge was throwing at her. Her journey also saw her cross Scafel Pike and the final leg of her journey was a marathon run to London.
As she reached her destination I have to admit I had a tear in my eye at what she had achieved - it was certainly a "wow” moment!
As I watched the programme, I was struck by her pure grit and determination as well as her strength and focus. She said that she had never cried so much like she did whilst undertaking the challenge. She was quite clearly in pain, yet she kept going due to the support of the crowds as well as that from her family and friends.
She reflected on the reason she had undertaken the challenge which was to raise money for those people who so desperately need it. Davina certainly went through an emotional rollercoaster and she never gave in no matter how hard it was at the time. She also kept saying "Was that me?” at the end of her days as she thought about what she was doing.
She pushed herself beyond her limits and achieved something remarkable.
I believe she achieved what she did not only because of her physical ability but also because of her attitude and mindset throughout her challenge. Of course she had moments where she felt she couldn't carry on, but she kept going as she had a goal and a purpose. She also had some great support and encouragement along the way.
Watching the programme reiterated to me that each and every one of us are capable of achieving something outstanding whether this be in our working or personal lives. I believe it is important to challenge ourselves above and beyond what we think we are capable of. After all, when we are fully prepared, have a purpose, know what we're doing and where we're heading, visualise the end result, have a good support network as well as having belief, confidence and the right mindset there are absolutely no limits to what we can achieve.
Nothing is impossible, this very word can actually be read as "I'm possible”.