A while back, the Wall Street Journal had an article that caught my eye, entitled “Second Acts – What do you do for an encore?”
The article profiled four people aged 50 to 65, all of whom completely reinvented themselves at midlife.
One particular woman piqued my attention. Lisa Fisco.
Lisa is a 50 year old woman who spent the first half of her life as a television producer. She’s a single mother who worked hard to make ends meet. Eventually the struggle and stress took its toll on her health.
Her constant exhaustion and pressure triggered her to overeat, and she ended up gaining 100 extra pounds.
Lisa was a former athlete, who used to play soccer and rugby in college. And now her life and her body were almost unrecognizable to her.
So what did she do?
She didn’t join a health club.
She didn’t get a personal trainer.
Or go on a diet.
She decided to train for the Olympic weight-lifting team.
Yes, the Olympics.
As a young girl Lisa loved lifting weights with her dad, and watching the events with him during the Olympic Games.
She researched, found a coach and decided that she would do whatever it took to be in the 2012 Olympics games.
Whatever it took.
She quit her job and took a less demanding job, allowing her time to train five hours a day, five to six days a week.
To say she is committed is such an understatement.
In the process of ongoing training, Lisa lost 100 pounds, and is in the process of losing more to qualify for a lower weight class.
She must win several preliminary competitions to reach her goal of making the Olympic team. If she does, she will be the oldest Olympic weight lifter in the history of the Olympics.
And here are her words: “It’s not that life is so short; it’s just we wait so long to begin.”
And there you have it.
What are you waiting for? What do you dream about?
What have you told yourself is just too hard?
Dreams don’t die, but efforts fade and focus changes.
What will it take for you to be the person you dream of?
To finally lose the extra weight you are carrying around?
To make peace with exactly who you are?
To take steps to create the daily life you long for?
If anyone has ever done what you want to do, then you can too.
But maybe we should take some lessons from Lisa.
- It’s never too late to have a second act. Or a third. Or a fourth.
- Instead of focusing on how hard things will be, simply say, “What will it take?” and start with baby steps.
- Don’t keep putting off what you really want.
All we know for sure is what our reality is right now.
We don’t know what the future holds.
But you can bet that Lisa Fisco looked straight at her reality, and knew that she didn’t want more of the same in her future.
So she simply started with: What will it take?
P.S. This picture is NOT Lisa Fisco. But you get the idea.