Canada is filled with great motivators. Coaches, athletes, trainers, the people who design nutrition plans and even entrepreneurs can all motivate us to take the next step required to reach our sport, health and fitness goals. By definition, great leaders are great motivators. They can help shift perspectives, guide the way by their words or their actions.
When IMPACT put out a call to our readers to nominate people who they consider great motivators, we were overwhelmed with the response. More than 100 names flooded our e-mail, praising some amazing Canadians from coast to coast. There were dozens of nominees making an impact in their local communities, from personal trainers and studio owners to foodies and therapists. There were children inspired by parents and parents raised to new heights by their children.
What we found in each nominee were people with the ability to give back. To lift others.
As Jungle Jim Hunter (one of this issue’s celebrated motivators) told me, the word motivate comes from the Latin word movere — to move.
“The greatest motivator is someone who touches the heart before the head,” says Hunter. “Until you touch the heart, you aren’t really motivating someone.”