Channeling the Champion Within, Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) Style

by Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

I can connect Infertility with any subject.  Today, I’m drawn to Dancing With the Stars.  If you’ve watched Season 14 you saw actress Sherri Shepherd open up about her experience with Infertility.  She shared a beautiful, loving, and touching story.  We are so thankful she used her voice to help create awareness.  However, that’s not what I have in mind. 

My thoughts go to Donald Driver, this seasons DWTS Champion.  How did Donald come to win it all?  He wasn’t a front runner.  He didn’t produce weekly top scores.  What was it that enabled him to take home the Mirror Ball Trophy?

If you watched and listened to comments, there was a strategy to his success, among other key characteristics.
Attitude- Donald was positive and focused.  He was respectful of the judges.  He took their constructive criticisms, adjusted his routines and made improvements each week. 

Drive- Donald had a goal and he was going to do everything in his power to achieve it.  He kept his eye on the prize, embraced the hard work, accepted assistance from others, always strived to do his best, and believed in the experience.

Passion- Donald was a “Super Fan” of DWTS.  He loved the show.  He wanted to be a contestant for years and appreciated the opportunity he was given to participate.  His love and passion came through in every performance he gave. 

What does it take to succeed, to be a champion?  Attitude, Drive, Passion

In terms of gaining access to infertility benefits…

Attitude- Stay positive and focused.  Be respectful in your communications (despite levels of frustration).  Learn from rejections and re-strategize your advocacy efforts. 

Drive- Define your goals and level of effort you are committed to put forth to achieve them.  You know what your prize is.  To help keep your focus, establish a support system.  Accept your journey and face it head on. 

Passion- Passion drives us.  Whether it’s our deepest desire to build a family or our belief that everyone should have access to appropriate health care, our passion gives us an indestructible purpose.   

Channel the champion within. 

For some inspiration, you can enjoy the freestyle dance by Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, DWTS Season 14 Champions.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd

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Davina Fankhauser

President - Fertility Within Reach