by: Jay Monteer
Two years ago I was in a
wheelchair and told I would be paralyzed for life. Today I can jog on a
treadmill. How did this happen?
Well, I can’t tell you how it
happened exactly. My recovery truly was a miracle. But what I can tell you is
how important it was for me to stay focused and inspired throughout my
People tell me my story has
inspired them. Let me tell you how to find this inspiration within your own
(1) Believe anything is
possible. To overcome obstacles, you have to see your way through to the other
side. You have to visualize yourself overcoming them. Draw inspiration from
(2) Stay focused. Obstacles are
not a one-time event in life. When you try to get out of a difficult situation,
no doubt you’ll encounter one obstacle after another along the way. Expect it,
and discipline yourself to stay focused. Never lose sight of your goals.
(3) Resist the urge to sleep
five minutes longer. Who hasn’t hit the snooze button several times in a row,
only to realize those extra few minutes of sleep don’t really help? Resist the
urge to sleep longer than you need. Life is short enough. Think about what you
can do to improve your life if you add a few minutes to each day. Get out of
bed, face your obstacles and move closer to your goals with every waking
(4) Don’t stop just because
someone tells you to stop. I can’t tell you how many times people told me not
to get out of my wheelchair, not to take so many steps, not to balance on one
foot, not to try running without a leg brace. But I knew I had to do those
things or I’d be in that wheelchair the rest of my life. Your life might be
filled with obstacles and your progress toward your goals might be slow. Don’t
worry about that. Just realize that by moving ahead when others urge caution,
you’ll reach your goals faster than you would have otherwise.
(5) If you’re going to worry
about something, worry about improving. People love to worry. Sometimes
worrying seems like our favorite pastime. The next time you worry about
something, ask yourself what all that worrying is really accomplishing. Then
ask yourself how many positive things you could accomplish in the amount of
time you spend worrying. When you focus on positive ways to overcome your difficulties,
you move closer to a life free from worry. If you’re going to worry about
anything, worry about doing more of that!
(6) Believe you can control your
situation. Though problems seem to arise despite our attempts to keep them
away, we still control our own lives. You might not believe that. If you don’t,
it’s because you’ve trapped yourself in your situation and can’t see your way
out. You always have the ability to move yourself forward. You just need to
believe in your ability and take positive steps to control your situation. It’s
not a lack of control that keeps you from moving forward. It’s your inability
to see that power within you.
(7) Know that once you give up
mentally, you’re beat. If you think you can accomplish something, you will. If
you think you won’t accomplish something, you won’t. When I was
wheelchair-bound, I suffered a lot of pain and frustration, a lot of wishing
that things had been different. But not once did I believe I wouldn’t walk
again. Not once! I truly believe God helped me get out of that wheelchair
precisely because I never doubted I would walk again. Don’t lose your hope, not
even for a minute. You have nothing better to do in this life than to try to
overcome your obstacles and reach your goals.
(8) Remember you have one life.
Regardless of your beliefs about afterlife and other types of spiritual
existence, you’re here right now, in this life, and you only have one shot at
it. Why not make the most of it? Don’t waste this life dwelling on problems and
hurdles and what-ifs and what-could-have-beens. Make the most of this life and
the situation you’re in. Spend your time making improvements wherever you can.
What could be better than that?
Whenever I speak to an audience
or give a radio interview, people tell me they thought their lives were tough
until they heard about my situation. That’s not the point. It doesn’t matter if
you think my situation is worse than yours, or vice versa. What matters is that
I believed I would walk again, and now I can walk. Whatever difficulties you
have, believe that you can get through them and you will.
Find inspiration, hold onto it
and stay inspired. What could be more important than that?
About The Author
Jay Monteer worked in law
enforcement until an accident in September 2001 put him on disability. Now he
visits hospital patients and speaks to different groups about the miracle of
his recovery. To read more about Jay’s story, visit www.jwrites.com/t11.html.
You arrived here from Other Authors Index Page 1
Or – Go to the Next Article
NuPathz.com – Your affordable source for self improvement and self help books & materials
Illuminating the path for personal motivation, growth and development
SUCCESS = TAKING THE STEPS TO DO THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO!
JUST GO FOR IT!