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Overcoming Life’s Hurdles

Whatever your goal is, there is a path to take you there. The path won’t always be easy, but the journey will always be worth it. This was certainly true for Olympian Sarah Wells, who encountered roadblock after roadblock on her path to athletic success. The podium has always been the destination, but it was the challenging moments in-between that made Sarah the champion she is today. Sarah’s story in Overcoming Life’s Hurdles is the perfect example of what it means to relentlessly pursue your goals to not only to achieve success, but also find significance in the obstacles you face. Audience members will leave with the tools to positively re-frame their mindset, surround themselves with the right support, and see their “failures” as hurdles, not walls.

We’re All In A Race

We’re all in a race. The pressure, the deadlines, the competition. For Olympian Sarah Wells, it was a literal race at the Olympic Games and on the popular TV show The Amazing Race. In the corporate world, it’s not much different. While every scenario may be unique, we all want to move quickly, push boundaries, beat out the competition, and win! Sharing her 3 steps to winning, Sarah’s energetic approach, engaging stories, and her capacity to inspire an audience will leave them ready to take action and win the only race that matters – theirs!

Re-defining Your Success Criteria Workshop

We often view success by our ability to set a goal and then achieve that desired outcome. We may define ourselves by what we do, and what awards we have won – but that is not the only definition of success. While results are important, it is equally important to create a mechanism that keeps us motivated and inspired along the way. In this workshop, participants will be guided through a process to lead them to their new success criteria, that will allow them to see the success in the everyday.

Recharging Your Batteries Workshop

In this workshop participants are challenged to take an energy audit of their life. Participants discover where they are spending their time and make improvements to better serve the goals they have in mind. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a self-designed recharging tactic to apply in moments where they feel overwhelmed.

Power of Habit Workshop

This workshop will discuss the importance of discipline and habit-building in order to achieve your desired life-style. Participants will be challenged to reflect on their goals and the choices they are making that are either enabling or inhibiting their progress. By the end of this workshop participants will have two positive commitments they agree to hold themselves to.

Sarah Wells

Olympian | Pan Am Silver Medalist | Founder of the Believe Initiative

Obstacles don’t scare Sarah Wells. As a 400m hurdler, this Olympian’s reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had her sidelined her for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, this athlete is coaching people to pursue their goals through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on—fittingly—a message of resilience. Most recently you would have seen Sarah pushing her limits on the latest season of The Amazing Race Canada. Evidently someone who understands the importance of building resilience and self-belief, along with the power of purpose, you’ll want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the stage.

Background

Sarah Wells is an Olympic hurdler, Pan Am Games Silver Medallist and founder of the Believe Initiative.

As a hurdler, Sarah is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. Before finding the sport of track and field, Sarah was jokingly awarded Least Athletic Person at her high school. It was thanks to a teacher who suggested she try running that she started to train in her sport - that teacher believed in her before Sarah ever did. Together that teacher and she became coach and athlete and made the Olympics together just a decade later.

Beyond athletics, what Sarah is obsessed with is storytelling. Sarah has travelled across North America, sharing her story in hopes of helping individuals and organizations build resilience while finding meaning in the obstacles they face. In today’s fast paced world and increasingly competitive markets, more than ever, teams and individuals are searching for the motivation that gets them to the top of their game. Sarah wants to be able to tell the story of resilience and prove that you do not have to let your circumstances define your outcome. Sarah understands that not everyone is going to have that “teacher” to believe in them, so she hopes to be that person for as many people as possible.

Sarah has keynoted at events with clients including RBC, Salesforce, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Heinz, CIBC and many more. Sarah has also appeared on talk shows such as CityTV, CP24, and Your Morning to discuss resilience, pursuing excellence and how to win your race.

Topics

Overcoming Life’s Hurdles

Whatever your goal is, there is a path to take you there. The path won’t always be easy, but the journey will always be worth it. This was certainly true for Olympian Sarah Wells, who encountered roadblock after roadblock on her path to athletic success. The podium has always been the destination, but it was the challenging moments in-between that made Sarah the champion she is today. Sarah’s story in Overcoming Life’s Hurdles is the perfect example of what it means to relentlessly pursue your goals to not only to achieve success, but also find significance in the obstacles you face. Audience members will leave with the tools to positively re-frame their mindset, surround themselves with the right support, and see their “failures” as hurdles, not walls.

We’re All In A Race

We’re all in a race. The pressure, the deadlines, the competition. For Olympian Sarah Wells, it was a literal race at the Olympic Games and on the popular TV show The Amazing Race. In the corporate world, it’s not much different. While every scenario may be unique, we all want to move quickly, push boundaries, beat out the competition, and win! Sharing her 3 steps to winning, Sarah’s energetic approach, engaging stories, and her capacity to inspire an audience will leave them ready to take action and win the only race that matters – theirs!

Re-defining Your Success Criteria Workshop

We often view success by our ability to set a goal and then achieve that desired outcome. We may define ourselves by what we do, and what awards we have won – but that is not the only definition of success. While results are important, it is equally important to create a mechanism that keeps us motivated and inspired along the way. In this workshop, participants will be guided through a process to lead them to their new success criteria, that will allow them to see the success in the everyday.

Recharging Your Batteries Workshop

In this workshop participants are challenged to take an energy audit of their life. Participants discover where they are spending their time and make improvements to better serve the goals they have in mind. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a self-designed recharging tactic to apply in moments where they feel overwhelmed.

Power of Habit Workshop

This workshop will discuss the importance of discipline and habit-building in order to achieve your desired life-style. Participants will be challenged to reflect on their goals and the choices they are making that are either enabling or inhibiting their progress. By the end of this workshop participants will have two positive commitments they agree to hold themselves to.

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Testimonial

Sarah is a force on stage. I was riveted, reflective, and inspired to take action.

— Kelsey Ramsden, President, Belvedere Place Development

Testimonial

High energy presentation with a wonderfully inspiring message.

— Ken Bain, Executive Director, CASSA-ACGCS