If ever you need to be reminded that you can be whatever you want to be or how you can be the best at what you to do, spend a day with Danielle Scott. It’s such a refreshing attitude and one I think we can all relate to. Sometimes we need that little voice to pick us up and help us push through.
When it comes to People Of Substance, Danielle Scott embodies everything it means to live a life filled with Substance – she is driven, balanced and dedicated. At just 26, her professional sporting career has been a fascinating one. It is one built on the underdog spirit and a desire to be the best in her sport
At the age of 13 she found herself limited within a program unable to support her Olympic dream and she was left with little option but to retire from the sport she loved at the age of 13. Today I am sharing how she overcame this setback and what happened next…
Keep on reading to find out what inspires, motivates and what keeps Danielle focused.
How did you get into skiing?
Gymnastics is actually what got me into skiing! Australia being a summer-orientated country sees retired gymnasts being recruited into a fast track aerial skiing program. I had never skied before but that was their plan!
What was it like switching from gymnastics to skiing? Was it a hard transition?
It was quite an interesting transition. Mainly because I had the acrobatic awareness but not the awareness of skis on my feet. It took some time getting used to that in the air and also the feeling of skiing down a landing hill rather than sticking the landing on a crash mat.
Did you have to overcome fear when it came to aerial skiing?
Not necessarily. I was always a daredevil as a child and never considered the fear factor. Hopefully I don’t pick it up with age!
staying positive no matter how difficult it becomes!
As an athletic you’d be accustomed to pushing yourself past your comfort zone, if you could give one piece of advice about pushing through, what would that be?
Patience, persistence and staying positive no matter how difficult it becomes!
What is your favourite kind of exercise? Could you take us through a quick and simple circuit to help motivate you for a busy day ahead?
I love to do a mixture of agility, balance and core work to feel mobile and ready for a busy day ahead. Start with some light jogging, hopping, darting and bounding. Slow it back down with some lunges and walking stretches. Close your eyes and balance from one foot to the other – if it becomes too easy, stand on a soft surface. Then bring in some plank holds, alternating with lifting legs. Finish up with a few sit-ups and leg lowers.
If for a moment you start to feel overwhelmed by the complexities of life, how do you simplify to get where you want to be?
I break down what I am doing into achievable goals. Create stepping-stones for yourself so each task becomes less daunting.
What’s the habit requiring the least effort that makes the greatest difference?
Taking a different perspective on what you’re doing so you remember the enjoyment in it.
What is your best advice on keeping focused on the important when the distractions in our lives are constant?
Stay in the present. Only the present matters right now! Let the other things pass over like clouds until it is time to deal with them.
If you could offer only one piece of advice about beginning something you love, maintaining a routine or following your passions, what would that be?
I love this quote I found by Dan Millman and think it’s great advice – “… focus all your energy on not fighting the old, but on building the new.”. Always keep moving forward!
What’s on your playlist at the moment?
Halsey, Metric and Mako.
What is your idea of work/life balance?
Let your work be something that you’re passionate about so it’s easy to live alongside it. Life is too short to waste time at work – work to live not live to work!
Who are some of your professional idols?
Lydia Lassila and Malala Yousafzai.