Thoughts are things.
It is how you perceive life that creates your reality.
You have the freedom of choice and with it you color your world.
Your choices are based on your perceptions.
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Is the universe for you or against you?
Are your perceptions accurate or are they biased because of your preferences?
Whatever you think is true for you.
It requires the same amount of energy to be positive as it does to be negative.
What is your perspective?
By using your discernment and wisdom, you are able to see the truth in the moment.
This allows you to make the best possible choices.
There is a well known story about three men who spent their lives quarrying rocks. When asked what they were doing, one replied, “Breaking rocks.” The second said, “Earning a living.” The third said, “Our team is building a cathedral.” Which of the three had the most job satisfaction?
“If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, either way, you’re right.”
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
The MEGA Coach
Wilma Rudolph was born prematurely at 4.5 lbs., the 20th of 22 siblings. Her father Ed was a railway porter and her mother Blanche a maid. Wilma spent her childhood in leg braces and special shoes; doctors had told her family that she would never walk normally.
Because of racial segregation, she and her mother were not permitted medical care at the local hospital. It was for whites only. There was only one black doctor in Clarksville, and the Rudolph’s budget was tight, so Wilma’s mother spent the next several years nursing Wilma through one illness after another: measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox and double pneumonia.
At age 4, Wilma was told she could not walk because of polio, a crippling disease that had no cure. The doctor told Mrs. Rudolph that Wilma would never walk. But Mrs. Rudolph would not give up on Wilma. She found out that she could be treated at Meharry Hospital, the black medical college of Fisk University in Nashville. Even though it was 50 miles away, Wilma’s mother took her there twice a week for two years, until she was able to walk with the aid of a metal leg brace. Then the doctors taught Mrs. Rudolph how to do the physical therapy exercises at home. All of her brothers and sisters helped too, and they did everything to encourage her to be strong and work hard at getting well.
Her parents demonstrated a strong work ethic and an attitude that you can do anything. 5 years later she removed her brace and was walking on her own. By 12, she was challenging every boy in her neighborhood at running and jumping.
In high school she joined the basketball team and set a new state record in scoring during her sophomore year – 803 points in 25 games (32 points/game). In one game she set a record of 49 points.
Then she started running. Went to the Olympic at 16 in Australia and won a bronze medal. In 1960 she went to the Rome Olympics and became the first woman to win 3 gold medals and won each event in a new world record time. Wilma Rudolph was considered the fastest woman in the world.
She was invited to the White House by JFK and inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983. Every year the Woman’s Sports Foundation presents the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award to a woman athlete who overcomes adversity, makes a significant contribution to athletics and serves as a role model for all who have and triumph over challenges. This award was first given in 1996 to Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
“Persistence and a positive attitude can change the course of a life from seemingly insurmountable adversity to stunning achievement.” Brett Olson
The MEGA Coach
a friend shared this story with me……
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn’t hear the band — he could see it. In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
Epilogue: There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy. The origin of this letter is unknown. Just forward it to your friends to whom you wish good luck.
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.
The MEGA Coach
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During your toughest times and greatest challenges you discover more about your essence and potential. It is during these times you can find your true connection with the Higher Power.
Your challenges and life lessons give you an opportunity to see the value of following proper principles. It is during these times when you discover their true value.
Such times empower you to look deeper within yourself.
They push you beyond your comfort zones.
Breakthroughs take you to another level that you thought was not possible.
Miracles do happen. You just need to acknowledge them.
What seems impossible is impossible only because of your current perspective.
Just beyond that perspective is the chance to discover a higher level.
What challenges you, improves you.
Whatever challenges you to the extreme can also lead you into a breakthrough.
Challenges do not build character, they reveal character!
You must go beyond your preferences and blind spots to see clearly what is.
Your ego is not usually happy to support this.
As difficult and burdensome as they may be, obstacles do not hold you back.
Your own unwillingness and resistance to move forward is what holds you back.
You have the strength to decide what to focus your energy and resources on.
You can be strong in any way you choose to be strong.
This moment presents an opportunity, no matter what challenges appear.
Focus on what you can do, with what you have, where you are.
Follow your vision and stay on purpose!
“You are never given a dream in life without the power to make it come true.
However, you may have to work for it.”
The MEGA Coach