This summer in particular, we had some pretty spectacular athletic competitions in England, France, and more recently, Rio. Whether you follow cycling, tennis or any of the competitions that took place in Rio, it is hard not to be inspired and learn from some of the stories.

Stories and Goals
First, all athletes come with a story. If we spend any time reading about and/or watching the athletic events we have been blessed with this summer, we begin to become a part of these people’s lives.

Athletes are single, married, divorced, rich, poor, in good health, struggling with health challenges, have different skin colors, facial features, body types, sexual preferences, and come from different cultures/religious preferences for starters. What the athletes have in common is goals. They all have goals. They hold their goals in different conversations and they have different commitments to their goals, but they all have goals.

Well, people in recovery all have different stories and we all have goals. We also have different conversations and commitments to these goals. Since I believe it is often easier to see ourselves and our blindness in others’ lives, let’s see if we can find ourselves here.

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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Anne Brown PhD, RN of Sausalito, California, formerly from Aspen, Colorado is a psychotherapist, speaker, coach, and the author of Backbone Power: The Science of Saying No. For over twenty years she served as the trusted advocate and advisor to Influential Corporate leaders, Trial Attorneys, Athletes, Leaders, Physicians and their families whose connections extended far beyond Aspen, Colorado.

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