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All of us have to overcome some handicap or the other, real or imagined. We are either too short or too tall or too fat or too skinny or any number of other things that we use for an excuse for not excelling. The greatest handicap of all according to Jessica Cox who was born with no arms is a lack of faith in yourself. Jessica lives our her dreams. She drives a car, flies an airplane, has a double black belt in taekwondo and does most anything and more than most and does it without arms.
What about a young man who is legally blind but still plays the tough quarterback position on his High School football team, Standley Lake High School in Colorado? Rhett Gutienez suffers from Stargardt disease, which is also known as a junior form of Macular Degeneration. He is declared to be legally blind; now that is no imagined handicap and for most of us it would put us beyond just the sidelines of a football field, but not this young man. The article is found here.
It is not at all uncommon for people to have real handicaps and to overcome them. The real question is: why do we who really only have imagined handicaps that don’t really alter our opportunities in the least but yet we allow them to hold us back from reaching our full potential?
Perhaps it is just an excuse for not getting off the couch and out of our comfort zone. Our biggest handicap is a flawed attitude that convinces us that we cannot do something and therefore we don’t even try. It is amazing at the real stories of those who have overcome some of the greatest handicaps known. It is a matter of attitude: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill
Attitude forms our philosophy of life. There are two basic types of people: the givers and the takers. The givers brighten up any room with their excitement and love of life while the takers bring a dim overcast with their negative outlook on life and their lack of excitement and love of life. The takers suck the life right out of any meeting and are a discouragement to all those around them with their complaining, condemning and criticizing.
I know how hard it is to maintain a positive attitude when there is so much negativity all around us every day. We are daily bombarded by the media and the press with all sorts on negativism. What we need to realize is that none of that is in our favor when it comes to our own personal development. It creates a mindset of what is the use of anything anyway. That is why I don’t watch the news and haven’t for more than 4 years and don’t ever buy the magazines so prominently located at the supermarket. I don’t need them; they don’t give me any help in reaching my objectives. They pollute the mind and sorrow the soul.
The news and magazines are not the only outlets for negativism that can affect you in a negative way. Your own relatives, friends, acquaintances and people you work with have among them those whose objective is to feed you a stream of negative reasons why everything you believe and stand for is false and they will give you every negative reason why nothing works. They are like a poison to the soul if you listen to them. Surround yourself with like minded people who are excited about life and have a positive attitude about all the opportunities that are all around us. Most new ideas meet with ridicule at first. So you can expect anything positive and different that you come up with is going to be shot down by the negative group.
“It takes a lot of guts, faith, perseverance, and a healthy dose of positive attitude to go through the public ridicule and opposition of people telling you your ideas are worthless.” Jeff Olsen
Here is the deal: Scientifically it is proven that a positive attitude is a precursor to success. It is not all that is necessary but it is a necessary ingredient. It is also an ingredient that all of us can develop. It is the greatest power to overcome any handicap.
Like a homeless man that I saw in a video that lived in his car but was able to go the library and use a computer and become very successful in online marketing. Or the man I read about who overcame a debilitating stroke which rendered him unable to move or talk. Over time through self exerted effort he learned to move about and talk. Today you would not be able to tell he had ever had a stroke. Stories like the above may not often be reported but they happen on a regular basis.
What makes these able to overcome such great odds when most of us can’t get past an imagined handicap? The answer is simple; it is an attitude that is determined no matter what it takes. Even if we don’t have that sort of attitude, can we develop it? Yes, if we are willing to get past our comfort zone and do things that seems to us impossible to do but which really aren’t. You would be amazed at what you can accomplish when you are determined.
And surely it does take more than just a determination but that is a starting point. It drives us to get the knowledge and the means to reach our predetermined destination.
Overcoming the handicaps that stand in our way to success isn’t easy but neither is it that hard. It takes a change of attitude and a bit of determination. Sometimes it means getting so fed up with things as they are that we are willing to do whatever it takes.
“With patience and ease, in an unselfish and purposeful way, over a time period undetermined, and for a good that includes others, I intend for $1,000,000 to come to me and to others who join me in holding to this objective.” Jimmie Burroughs
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