After I was paralyzed, I spent 12 months learning to walk again. I had achieved the comeback story that we all dream of.
Then around the 16 month mark, I was experimenting with botox treatments in my legs to help calm down the muscle spasms. My first treatment went well, so we upped the dosage for the second treatment.
What ended up happening – was the worst. I had to go BACK INTO THE WHEELCHAIR.
That’s right. After nearly a year and a half of making progress, I was devastatingly set back HARD and had to start all over again from square one!
It was a massive mental blow to my progress and momentum I had created, but there was a silver lining.
I knew what worked. I knew what I did to get myself there, and I knew that if I’ve done it once I can do it again.
In this video I share with you three principles to focus on in order to maintain your mental resilience as Canada goes into lockdown again.
1) Go Back To The Basics
What are the key fundamentals for you to develop a resilient mindset?
In my experience: Create Belief, Mental Conditioning, and Self Care. The samed principles I teach inside of The Resilience Toolbox.
First, you want to create your own belief and not wait for someone else to create it for you. Who can you find as a source of inspiration to look up to to help you get through this difficult time? (Hint: see below)
Second, you want to believe not just once, but on a regular basis. As yourself, “What can I do to condition my mind daily?”. You can focus on creating positive habits, meditating on a regular basis, journalling to future pace your thoughts.
And third, you want to make sure you focus on self care along the way. Productivity may go up working from home, but you don’t want to burnout along the way. Take some time to eat a healthy meal. Make sure you hit the lights and go to bed early enough. Get outside for some fresh air on a daily basis. Your body will thank you for it.
2) Focus On What You Can Control
You can’t control the government. You can’t control the media. You can’t control what’s happening outside of you, but you can control what is happening within you.
You can control your attitude, your decisions, your habits, what you choose to spend your energy on.
Focus on that.
In Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search For Meaning, he talks about the prisoners he was with in the Nazi concentration camps that gave up on life. He said “They died less from lack of food or medicine than from lack of hope, lack of something to live for.”
Searching for meaning during a pandemic is hard, but go inside – spiritually. What is this teaching you about yourself? How can you grow from this? What can you learn?
And ask yourself… “What do you want your story to be?”. You have an opportunity to create the story you dream of here… and everyone loves a great comeback story.
We all have a chance to become a comeback story today.
Clearly this isn’t over yet, but you are growing stronger. You can’t see it yet, but you are growing wiser. All the difficult times you are living through are preparing you for something greater than you can currently possibly imagine.
You must keep going.
You must keep trying.
You must keep fighting.
Every single day you have an opportunity to focus on these three things, and with that, you too can become a hero in your own movie.
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