It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do about it – W Mitchell

I read about W. Mitchell in the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is a former member of the United States Marine Corpsburn victim, paraplegic, and a former small-town mayor. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W_Mitchell). We can learn a lot from him.

He had so many setbacks in life but still, he carried on and made major achievements. He never gave up. He just said to himself “I am in charge of my own spaceship. It is my up and my down. I can choose to see this situation as a setback or as a starting point”. Today, he empowers people to accept challenges, embrace change and take action.

His setbacks:

  • A motorcycle accident left him with 65% burns on his body
  • He crashed on take-off in a small aircraft he was piloting which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

His achievements:

  • He was elected mayor of Crested Butte in Colorado and ran for Congress
  • Successful businessman
  • Environmentalist & conservationist
  • He became a motivational speaker and appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and The New York Times
  • Today he is a millionaire

 “Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I’ve lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.” – W Mitchell

Read his story here: https://www.wmitchell.com/about/

He is an inspiration to us all.

To-Do-List vs Success List by Gary Keller

To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short.

One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction.

One is a disorganized directory and the other is an organized directive.

If a list isn’t built around success, then that’s not where it takes you.

If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

Taken from his book: The ONE Thing

We Need Hugs – Virginia Satir

We are still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. For now, we can only hug our immediate family members. Hugging others is out of the question. Let’s continue with elbow bumps until it is safe to freely give out hugs. Remember your masks during this time.

We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

Passion + Craftsman + Servant (from Three Mindsets by Jim Collins)

Find the nexus point of what you truly Love to do, what you can be Great at, and what the world Needs.

If you want to actualize your potential (in creativity, enjoyment, and wealth) you need to truly LOVE what you do. 

It’s not enough to Love it and strive to be Great at it, you need to find a way to share your Passion and Craft with the world.

And, you need to do the often hard work of figuring out how to truly create value by giving people what they really want and are willing to pay for.

Enter: The Servant Mindset

Feelings follow behavior

Remember that feelings follow behavior.

The little things you do matter.

Stand up tall.

Act the way you’d act if you were feeling great even if you’re not feeling great.

And, shockingly, you’ll find that your feelings follow that behavior more than you may initially believe.

WIRM: Witness + Interdict + Redirect + Maintain

Negativity destroys performance, so it is crucial to train to move from witnessing negative thoughts to starving them and feeding the positive. This is the specific process:

1. Witness negativity. 

2. Interdict, or stop, the negative thoughts with a power statement. 

3. Redirect your mind with self-talk and imagery to something positive and productive for your current goal. 

4. Maintain your new mental state with a jingle or mantra.

Witness + Interdict + Redirect + Maintain.

WIRM.

by Mark Divine