As I relax in the Yarra Valley with my mum and dad the day before Christmas I was watching this inspirational news piece on this Wounded US Army Captain.
During his time in Afghanistan, he was badly injured by an IED (“Improvised Explosive Device” – basically a home made bomb) and lost both his legs and one of his arms.
The story was about his wife supporting him through the process and him rebuilding his life. It was showing him doing Chin-Ups and Push-Ups at the Gym with a smile and living a normal life.
This of course got me thinking about my own life and in particular, how I wasted a few years of my life feeling sorry for myself and playing “The Victim”. Over 2013 and in my line of work, I meet at least 100 people per week and see people from all walks of life.
Sure luck is a factor and some hit it big, but more often that not – I have seen that most people deal with massive challenges in their life. Be it sickness, financial ruin, physical injury, partners leaving – whatever negative stuff; when we have setbacks in life I think success is how you bounce back and take hold of it.
This to me is that “Intangible Edge” of Mindset. That is, depending on how you feel when times work against you, this makes a massive difference to your results. I almost lost my business 1 year ago and I was only too well aware of this.
Does being on the edge mean I am a loser or should give up? Or does being on he edge mean I must lift my game and hit it hard?
The reason is why I am still here is because I chose the latter, but there was part of me which wanted to choose the former.
So if you have had a tough one in 2013 (my 2013 rocked, my 2012 was a tough one) – may I encourage you to use the negative experience positively. That is, remember you are bigger than the challenge and tough times is the opportunity to prove how tough and awesome you are.
Hope that helps and off to enjoy some more high sugar foods over Christmas. Yes, I am burning it off with lots of exercise too!