• Paige Zaporzan


Updated: Jan 1, 2019

Unbroken: “ Unbeaten, undefeated, unsurpassed, unrivaled, unmatched, supreme, intact” - Wikipedia

First off, what an incredible year of fun filled Winter Olympic Games :) I don’t know about you, but I think my PVR was on “explosion” mode recording majority of the Olympic events. Watching the athletes compete has been such a fuel of inspiration! The dedication, focus, passion, courage, preparation, strength, belief, tenacity, and fire gives me chills every time these athletes perform. So much incredible talent and hard work!

One of the athletes that stood out to me during the Olympic Games was Canadian Professional Snowboarder, Mark McMorris. This guy could not be more of an example of inner strength, belief, and determination. Learning about Mark’s story not only gave me a complete set of goosebumps, but more so an admiration of the mindset and resiliency of this talented athlete in his pursue to the Olympics despite a life threatening injury that could have ended his career in 2017. Can you believe that just one year later, Mark represents Canada on the Podium at this years 2018 Winter Olympic Games, taking bronze in Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding?! Seriously, this guy is such an inspiration!

I believe Mark is truly an incredible story of how sport is more than just winning. Regardless of the result, title, or medal, sport gives us so many valuable life lessons. Sport is our teacher. It teaches us how to be proud of ourselves, how to succeed, how to fail, how to be resilient, how to better ourselves, how to thrive under pressure, how to prepare, how to go after our dreams, how to build trust, how to challenge ourselves, how to build courage and belief, and most importantly how to be “Unbroken”.

I say a huge “heck yeah” and high five to sports!!

“You cant stop the wave, but you can learn to surf”.

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

I absolutely love this quote, and find myself in constant reflection of it. Despite the challenges and setbacks we may face whether it is in sport or in life, those experiences that may feel out of our control, it is important we learn how to “surf ” and ride the waves of life:) Just like an ocean’s wave, you cant control it’s power, strength, height, speed, or result, but you can control your effort, approach, execution, and mindset to surf it. Mark did just that. He experienced the toughest wave of his time, but had the heart and mindset of a lion. Strong, resilient, determined, and so hungry for his dream. I could only imagine the dedicated hours of physical rehabilitation, and the emotional/mental highs and lows that comes with the road to recovery. However, going to the Olympics was a source of motivation that helped fuel the physical and mental/emotional strength Mark needed to recover.

To me, “Unbroken” means a variety of different things. But most importantly, it means having the courage, strength, belief, perspective, and positive attitude to face your emotions, fears, challenges, and setbacks head on.

I don’t know Mark personally, (who knows, maybe one day I will!) but he has shown me that despite your setbacks, anything is possible if you put your mind to it and believe in your own capabilities and strengths. Yes, I know you may have heard this saying lots before…but its true!! When you have an overall healthy and positive perspective, you become more resilient and able to ride the wave’s of life. Believe me, this takes time to develop. Your brain is a muscle and you got to flex it everyday in order to see the results….just like anything in life!

So I ask you, what is your wave you are experiencing?? And how can you be Unbroken and learn to surf?

Where to start? I encourage you to reflect on the following:

1. Become self aware. Self awareness is key, and it is so important to understand the wave you are currently experiencing. Get real and honest with yourself.

2. Understand your trigger. Get comfortable with your trigger that is setting your wave high. Ask yourself, what is triggering this wave I want to overcome? Self reflect. Maybe your trigger is a certain situation, emotion, person, thought, etc. Maybe this trigger is what is keeping you stuck in fear town (your wave).

3. Make a choice. Life is about choices, and you have the power within to choose whether or not you want to tackle/overcome this wave or let it ride over you and tear you down. You are the only one who is living your life, make the choice that you want. The choice that is best in alignment with your truth, and know you have all the strength within you to bring it to life!

4. Take inspired action towards tackling your wave. Once you have made your choice, take behavioural action towards it. Create process goals that will support your ideal outcome that you want from your choice. Trust the process, and focus on mastering one process goal at a time.

5. What are you doing TODAY? What is one process goal you can focus on today that is helping you move towards your desired outcome in tackling your wave? (Yes today, not tomorrow, or the next day!!) Transformation is a present activity and it starts right here right now.

6. Commit! Make a commitment to yourself in taking behavioural action towards achieving your process goal today. What does this look like? What does this feel like?

7. Celebrate! celebrate your successes/mastery of your goals and your amazing strengths you have! What are your top signature strengths? Brainstorm current and new ways you can utilize this strength in helping to ride your wave out. What does this look like? What does this feel like? Every small step accomplished is a huge success and you should be darn friggen proud of yourself!

You have all the strength, confidence, and tenacity….these qualities are within you, you just have to dig deep, put the work in, and believe the heck out of it. We are all human, and these qualities are made available to all of us. However, I do believe that the one who is more mentally strong will be the one who comes out on top.

So my friends, I leave you with this…..dig deep, pick up that surf board…believe, prepare, put the effort in, and trust me, you will thrive!

On a side not, I encourage you to check out Mark McMorris’s documentary, “Unbroken”, it is definitely worth the watch :)

Health, Happiness, and Performance

Paige :)