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Finding Your WINNING Attitude..
Do you have a winning attitude that is inline with your goals?
Gripping my cane, I look up the long sidewalk climbing the hill in front of me. The clear spring morning gives me feelings of optimism that crowd out negative disability feelings that can weigh me down like a lone mule pulling an overloaded wagon. Until it became clear that accepting limits can actually be the winning option, doctors saying I’d never walk without a cane was a limit I either could not or would not accept.
It may seem counterintuitive, but having an accepting attitude toward the possibility that I would never walk without a cane set me free from the debilitating fear that was a barrier between me and having peaceful relationships. Holding my cane off the ground, I hobble up the hill. Every time I start falling, I plant my cane and catch myself. (Winners Don’t Quit…) Chapter 6 Accepting Circumstances of my book Achieving NO LIMITS-Embracing Change gives examples of how accepting our circumstances gives us power to overcome our circumstances or be happy and productive within our circumstances.
My stroke of 2017 happened 37 years after my debilitating motorcycle crash. Three scars on my face, from gashes it took stitches to close, remind me of my first rodeo, afterwhich walking without a cane was an all consuming goal. It doesn’t matter how many times we fall, or what our falling or failing actually looks like. What matters is that we have the attitude to keep getting up. For some, getting back up may mean continuing trying to walk without a cane. For others “getting up” can mean something entirely different, including accepting their circumstances. Accepting is NOT giving up. Accepting allows and/or enables us to:
- Believe in ourselves. Our beliefs can completely change what we see in the world and what we say or do in order to deal with what we see. Chapter 19 Believing In Myself of Achieving NO LIMITS-Embracing Change describes strategies given to me years before by rehab psychologists that helped me change from desperately needing approval from others to believing in myself.
- Let go of the anger, resentment, and self pity that can only worsen our circumstances.
- Objectively analyze our situations so we can achieve meaningful goals.
“WINNERS don’t quit! Winners DON’T quit!! Winners don’t QUIT!!!”.
Like anyone, I like to be well thought of. One of the worst things I’ve ever done to myself is let how I think other people think of me determine whether or not I accept and believe in myself. I’m happiest when I remember that as long as I am treating others with respect and compassion, how others think of me says more about them than it says about me.
Testimonies on Amazon and on Winners Don’t Quit describe the value people find in my book Achieving NO LIMITS-Embracing Change. It includes insights on attitudes of acceptance, adaptability and a Winners Don’t Quit “keep on keeping on” state of mind required to successfully rehab or reach any demanding goal
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