Destined to have a positive impact on our lives are people with a positive enduring spirit, important messages, fine examples self-applied and most important; a defined life plan.
The late Mr. Zig Ziglar who passed away at the ripe old age of 86, was a World War II veteran who became the top sales person in several organizations before striking out on his own and becoming one of the greatest motivational speakers that the world has ever known.
He certainly influenced this writer’s life.
With a gentleman’s charm and lessons grounded in high principles and Christianity, Mr. Ziglar wrote over two dozen books and amassed a following of millions who were encouraged by his lessons for success.
He was once quoted as saying, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
One of the finest top young dancers to come out of Canada is Briar Nolet who knowingly or otherwise seems to be a Ziglar disciple.
Her exceptional dancing, positive spirit and superb talent is influential and infectious.
She also seems to have a well thought out plan.
Born in Toronto Canada, research indicates Briar excels in Gymnastics, Dance – Breakdance, Dance Acro, Dance Ballet, Dance Hip Hop, Dance Jazz, Dance Modern, Dance Tap, Contemporary Dance, Singing and Acting.
As Femcompetitor Magazine reviewed her dance routines, Briar is powerfully and delicately acrobatic while effortlessly flawless in routine. Her methodology was clearly influenced by some training in gymnastics.
All of this has been accomplished while barely turning eighteen.
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.…Leonard Bernstein
Briar gushed in an online interview that she has a “Loving and growing passion for acting.”
She portrayed the role of Richelle on the Family Channel series The Next Step.
The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series created by Frank van Keeken and produced by Temple Street Productions. Shot in a dramatic mockumentary style, the series focuses on a group of dancers who attend The Next Step Dance Studio as they strive to win a series of dance competitions.
The next film she will appear in is 2016’s “One Drop” which swerves toward the dramatic in following a single mother who wakes up in a medical facility to terrifyingly find out that everyone is dead and she’s nine months pregnant.
Her youth was enriched by studying at Holy Trinity Catholic in Oakville, Ontario and she also plied as a dancer for the Canadian Dance Company. She competed in dance competitions as a solo act since she was 12 years old.
No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.…….W. Clement Stone
She loves baking and cooking and her favorite food is when her father masterfully cooks BBQ ribs.
Speaking of her father, Alan Nolet, she comes from great Canadian stock so it’s no surprise she has a great plan and a defined focus.
The informative site traumaresourcedirectory.com explains, “Prior to opening Physiotherapy On Wheels, Alan Nolet was a three time Olympic gymnast (1988, 1992, and 1996) with the Canadian Olympic team.
Further to his Olympic successes, Alan also achieved a silver medal in the all-around at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, was an individual gold medalist in the high bar at the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, and a member of the1994 Commonwealth gold medal team. During his athletic career Alan attended McMaster University where he obtained Bachelor degrees in Kinesiology and Physiotherapy. He is a qualified manual therapist and experienced in acupuncture.
Alan is also a physiotherapist to the Canadian National Gymnastics Team and The Ontario Sports Center.”
Brilliance and being a positive contributor to society clearly runs in the family.
Briar’s success also comes from the village that helped raise her.
Let’s dance our way to Toronto, Canada.
Toronto is one of the world’s most diverse cities, with about 50% of residents having been born outside of Canada, and over 200 distinct ethnic origins represented among its population.
While English is the primary language spoken by the majority of Torontonians, there are over 160 different languages spoken in the city.
Touring and writing about a mega city like Toronto would require a manuscript but several highlights do stand out.
The great travel site planetware.com volunteers some valuable information regarding one of Toronto’s beauties. “Toronto’s famous landmark, the 553-meter CN Tower, is one of the city’s must see attractions and also the most impossible to miss. Towering above the downtown, the structure can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Visitors have the option of simply appreciating the building from the ground, or taking a trip up to one of the observation areas or restaurants for fabulous views of the city and Lake Ontario. The CN Tower, built between 1972 and 1976, was once the tallest freestanding structure in the world.
For those looking for a little more adventure, or perhaps a lot more adventure, there is the “Edge Walk.” This involves a hands-free walk on a 1.5-meter wide ledge around the outside edge of the main pod, at an elevation of 365 meters. Participants are attached to a safety harness and rope.
Located at 351 meters is the revolving 360 Restaurant, featuring fine dining and some of the best views from a table anywhere in the Toronto.”
Wow. Sounds adventurous.
The sensational city site toronto.com has agreed to guide as well. “Centre Island is Toronto’s island getaway, a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city without having to drive for hours. Just a short ferry ride from downtown, Centre Island is nestled between Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point. Visitors can rent bikes by the hour (standard, tandem and quad cycles) near the Pier to ride the many bike trails throughout the island. During the summer months, you can rent a canoe or kayak from the Boat Rental near the shrubbery maze, but get there early in the day as boats go quickly.”
Toronto is clearly as talented and diverse as Briar Nolet.
Her meteoric rise is in stark contrast to those who are young and without a plan.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.…….Jim Rohn
Bright, talented and beautiful though they may be, without a plan it’s easy for the young and life unprepared to follow or fall into someone else’s plan which is often rife with selfishness blooming with disappointing and sadly tragic results.
Who knows what you want and need better than yourself? Wouldn’t it be important to take the time and talk with your village to find out what that is so that you can pursue it and live a much more fulfilling life?
That is one powerful life lesson that this writer measured by studying young Briar’s life.
As the world of indoor female sports brims with the exhilarating possibilities of combined performances at one venue, we are happy to introduce Briar to our dignified, competitive female submission grappling world.
We can learn a lot from a beautiful, talented and athletic young woman with a plan.
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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.