Winning Starts With Your Mind
Usually my focus is on formal business techniques, but I was listening to an audio about letting people know who you are and decided to pass on a little about me to provide you with some perspective on my attitude about success and why it’s important.
About ten years ago, I used to be on top of the world, I was a very successful businessman and was in demand in my market. I was making a healthy six figure income and actually doing so well that my spouse decided to take time off because we actually did not need the additional income. We had moved to Colorado in a rural town and were anticipating about 10 more years of work for me and then a very early retirement.
One day, I was getting ready for work and as I walked out of my home office, I collapsed. We thought it might be a bad reaction to a medicine I had be taking to recover from the flu, but boy were we wrong. After many months with no diagnosis, my day consisted of rolling off the sofa on to floor, crawling to the bathroom and with my wife’s aid rolling back on the sofa. I was dying, nobody understood what was wrong with me, but I had gotten so weak that I could barely move.
Part of the reason they were having a really hard time diagnosing me was that I had so many different symptoms. Besides falling down, I had terrible rashes all over my body, severe joint pain, I was light headed most of the time and had these terrible sores in my mouth and nose.
After six months of this, no one expected me to last much longer. In reality, I later learned that my wife feared every morning that when she came down stairs that I would be dead. Sadly, I assumed the exact same thing, I wasn’t certain everyday if I would awaken the following day. But a miracle occurred for me that month. I saw an infectious disease specialist who was not just smart, but also very compassionate. She new that I didn’t have a problem that she could treat, but she also figured out that I had a neurological problem and perhaps an auto immune issue as well. While I was in her office, she left, marched down the lobby and went to confer with the neurologist, who saw me right away. I also saw a Rheumatologist that she set up the same day.
The Neurologist examined me and said that he wanted an MRI done right away and the following day I was in a tube with a lot of banging noises. Two days later I was sitting in an office with a neurosurgeon. By the way, I could not sit, I would slide out of the chair, my wife had to keep me propped up or I’d have been on the ground.
That day, my life was saved. He checked out the MRI and told me that I had a severely herniated disc in my cervical spine and that I was lucky to be alive. He actually booked an extra surgery the next day and made me stay in the hospital from 7:00 AM till my surgery late in the afternoon because he was worried that me being at home was too risky.
The next day, after surgery, I was able to walk. You do not know me, but I am a fairly tough guy. I’m 6′ 3″ and weigh in at roughly 250, I’m built like a line backer and was a hardcore business guy, but that day, I cried like a baby. I actually was going to have a life and from that time forward, a life that I actually appreciated.
Two weeks later, I walked into the Rheumatologists office all smiles thinking I was out of the woods and expecting him to say that he found nothing. Unfortunately, I was incorrect, I was informed that I have a disease called Lupus and it had already damaged my heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, spleen, brain and nervous system. So I went from the frying pan into the fire.
But I had beaten one difficult situation and I was no longer about to let this disease or anything else take my future with my family away, I have had to adapt and can no longer deal with the stress of the high pressure management positions that I had in the past, but I wasn’t going to give up on myself or my quality of life.
I studied nutrition and put myself on an intense exercise plan. I feel that those programs have kept me alive and have really improved my life. I was actually a semi finalist in a men’s fitness competition for those over 50 a couple of years back and continue to keep myself as fit as I can be. I do have certain limitations, but I never let them stop me.
Last but not least, I have held off on going back to the business world because I am unable to handle the stress, but I feel blessed because I now have possibilities. With the advent of social media and web technology, I can work at home and grow a business. I am excited about my opportunities and have a challenge to look ahead to everyday.
I am saddened when I hear individuals who have 100’s of reasons why they cannot be successful. I would rather remain ill with a positive attitude then have better health and live with the negativity that these people have.
So if you’re one of those who feels that everything is against you, think again, if you have your health, you need to check your mental health as well. I am going to succeed in my new business opportunity and I challenge you to come along and succeed with me. Whether it be working with me or doing something all together different. Don’t give up on yourself, you have so many opportunities if you just look for them.