Welcome to Redefining Able

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I used to think of life as one long road to be lived from one end to another. But now I see it as a book, with a beginning and an end and a series of chapters unfolding throughout. It’s a mix of comedy and tragedy, with drama and adventure thrown in along the way. The beauty is that everyone’s book unfolds in a different way. No two story lines are the same. And you can desire, even try to live someone else’s life, but that only leads to disappointment and untapped potential. But if you embrace your path, love it for it’s lessons, revere it for it’s challenges and believe that they both exist to build your character within the story, you embrace the suspense—not knowing what’s going to happen or how it’s going to end. Because no matter what, it will be your story, told in a unique way. And only you can appreciate the magnitude of the struggles and the triumphs. So live life like it’s a bestseller. Put everything into it until the last page unfolds. Appreciate it, embrace it, love it and you will win your human race.

Welcome to my blog. My name is Tricia Downing and I am an athlete, speaker, author, camp director, and, well— to be honest, I wear a lot of other hats as well. My list of interests are long and varied. However, my true passion lies in being an athlete. I love to test myself in all sorts of situations and enjoy the experience of competition whether in sports or any other arena of my life. It is ingrained in me. But, as with most athletes, I have always wondered, “What is the difference between being good and being great?” “How does ones mind affect the outcome of a certain performance or goal?” I wish I could say I know all of the answers, but if there is one thing I have learned from my experiences, there is always more knowledge to be gained.

One thing I do know is that the knowledge and skills I have collected through my athletic existence have gotten me through some of toughest challenges of my life. The most notable, is having survived a traumatic accident—being hit by a car and paralyzed from the chest down. Throughout my recovery from that incident, my mental strength was challenged as severely as my physical endurance. But I emerged stronger having gone through that experience and realized, that for me, I was learning to Redefine Able.

As a result, I have become intrigued with theories and research on Mental Toughness. I have a desire to study and learn about the necessary traits important for success, to discover where grit and “sticktoitiveness” come from and the role that our mindset plays in the ability to persevere, even when times are tough.

In my blog, I will share with you my experiences, mixed with the skills I have learned and continue to learn as a competitive athlete. I hope you will join me as I share the keys to Winning Your Human Race.

Thank you for joining me on my journey.



Tricia Downing

Speaker, Author, Athlete at Redefining Able

Win Your Human Race

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