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My greatest strength is my optimism and my weakest strength is not taking enough rest. Transcript: "My greatest strength has to be my optimism. I'm very optimistic. I believe that there's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. You just gotta keep going, keep going until you can't go anymore. And my weakest strength has to be Not realizing when I need to rest often times I work through pain. I don't take enough rest and I need to be better in that because we all know when you get older rest is probably the biggest thing that you need. And yeah."
I'm proud of my American record in the women's T 6,400 meters that I set last year and my bronze medal win at the 2019 Dubai championships. Both of these achievements were made possible by overcoming obstacles such as coming out of the pandemic and a terrible blister on my stump. With determination and hard work, I was able to achieve amazing things and prove to myself that I can overcome anything. Transcript: "Hi, Brett. Thank you so much for that question. I think my proudest achievement No, I'm kidding, I'm kidding. No, not my dog. Well, I am proud of him but my proudest, achievements in track. I have to. And that is my American record that I sent in the women's T 6,400 meters last year and my bronze medal in Dubai in 2019, both of those scenarios were me having to overcome just obstacles. You know, last year, coming out of the pandemic trying to compete in, after not competing in, Were, you know, a year or so. And then in 2019 and Dubai, I had a terrible blister on my stump that was going to keep me from competing. I was ready to not compete but my coach talked me down and he was like, you know what, you need to just do this and I did it and ended up getting a bronze medal. And so, both of those things, I was able to overcome the obstacles that were put in front of me and just kind of be headstrong and get it done. And look at At that amazing things happened. So I'm definitely proud of myself because I know that I can overcome anything as long as I put my mind to and put in the work. And so here we are American record. Bronze medal later and I'm very proud."
I measure the progress of self-development by acknowledging what the individual does in practice and out of practice, and tracking their day-by-day progression and intentions. Transcript: "I measure the progress by self-development really acknowledging and what they're doing and their intentions during practice. And what they do out of practice and coming back for the next practice showing what they learn. So just day by day progression, working on just their intentions,"
I made the decision to have my leg amputated in order to be pain-free and live a normal life. After learning about Olympic sport, I set some big goals to become a world record holder and the best Paralympic athlete. I was lucky to have the resources and technology to be able to run at a high level quickly. Transcript: "What's going on, honey? So I've been a little out of breath, the middle of a track session and got some time. So, I wanted to answer a few questions. You know, I think that if I just look at just who I am as a person. I've always been a big goal Setter and when I made the decision to have my leg amputated, that decision was made, not to run, but to be pain-free and to live a normal quality life shortly. After making that decision I learned about Olympic sport and learned that I could run again with the running prosthesis and knew it would be a journey, but I also set some big goals pretty early out that I wanted to be a world record holder and I wanted to be the best in the world. At what I did is a paralympic athlete. And so that was that was kind of the motivation. I guess. That was the why behind that decision and was very fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of great people that helped help me get the resources technology training. I needed to Hit the ground running and and be able to run at a pretty high level pretty quickly. So, great question, and hopefully I can keep setting big goals and accomplish pretty great. Thanks."
Mental strength is the ability to kill doubt by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. It involves acknowledging and being grateful for the abilities and opportunities you have, as well as recognizing the need to bring your best in order to succeed. Transcript: "I Define mental strength as the ability to kill doubt mental strength. Again, the definition of mental strength is the ability to kill doubt. You should be a doubt Annihilator. And the thing is, we're all human. Doubts are going to come into our mind. Negative thoughts are going to come into every negative thought or doubts. Coming to your mind. We should drowned out that that we should murder that doubt with 25. Positive thoughts. I love me. Thank God. For my hands. Thank God for my legs. Thank God for my ability to compete. Thank God for the ability to be in this race. I'm grateful for the thing that I did. Well in this race, I'm grateful for the energy and excitement that I'm bringing to this race coming up. Thank God for the competition. Thank God for such a high level of competition that I know will require me to bring my Bessel. That's the definition of mental strength, your ability to kill doubt."
My advice for handling media or taking part in live interviews is to be yourself, use your words, and continue to show your personality. Don't sound robotic, and it will get easier with practice. Transcript: "It says, do you have any advice for dealing with media or taking part in live interviews? Yes, I would say for me I have first I would I felt like I was definitely horrible at doing interviews or any part of media, but I feel like as I matured, as I started to articulate myself a little bit better, as I started to use my words more, it got a lot easier and I would just say just be you like don't try to be somebody that you're not but also continue to show. Bring your sword and stuff, will get a lot a lot, a lot easier. A lot of times, you see people in the media or just doing interviews and sound robotic, or this and that or just doesn't seem natural. That's cool. But then you also see people that it seems like they've been doing it forever and I think that that is the most important part is probably that they're just being himself. So I continue to do that."