Monday, December 9, 2013

The Heroic Motivation of Karyna Douglass

Heroic motivation is the kind that you only see once in awhile, when someone does something because they want something so bad they will go to any length to accomplish it.

This is true for Karyna Douglass, a young woman from Portland, Oregon that wanted to join the Army.

Karyna was told that she had to lose 110 pounds for her to join and she did it. It is no surprise that an endeavor like this takes motivation and dedication.

Needless to say, Karyna did it and even during the holiday season right now she remains true to her plan to keep the weight off for her new adventure into the military. So, how in the world did she do it?

When Karyna was interviewed by Fox, she told her story about working out at the fire station with the guys she works with, and she avoids those situations where she might find the pie, cookies, and other culinary delights that we all see this time of year.

Naturally, the crew at Fox had their own questions about what stirred this heroic motivation in her. Was in people making fun of her? Was it health problems? Karyna dug a bit deeper than that. I tend to think of insults as something that we can all resonate with, and honestly, insults make it easy to go out and perform better to make changes.

It's having your own reason that most people struggle with. I know I had to learn that it was about doing it for me and NOT for other people. While going on a whale watching tour, she was amidst the Coast Guard. It was that reminder of watching them serve that made her refocus on NOT meeting the weight requirement.

She wanted to be admired, the way she saw others admired members of the Coast Guard and other members of the military. She wanted to be revered. While working at the Zoo in Portland, she just didn't get the physical activity she needed to get there. It was time for a change.

Karyna was on her own mission to complete this time, and knew that if she could do that she could do anything she wanted. Now that she has reached her goal, she is ready to be sworn in on December 12, which is just a few days away!

Do you have this same type of heroic motivation to accomplish something? What would it take for you to make a positive change in your life? Do you have to be pushed or does something have to go wrong for you to do something right?

It's time for all of us to make changes, but as you go into the holiday season, don't lose sight of living the way God intended us to live. Make it a point to live each day with "heroic motivation", and live courageously.

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