As you likely know, I was born without arms. For most people, imagining what life would be like if they didn’t have arms is next to impossible. Even if that’s not the case, they’d definitely think driving a car, flying a plane, or getting a black belt without arms is totally impossible…but I achieved these things anyway! For me, I don’t have the time or the interest in wondering if things are impossible or not: I just set goals and achieve them. How do I do it? Simple: my ability to adapt to difficulties and keep an open and positive mindset. If you don’t think my life example relates to your problem or goal, I’m happy to tell you that you’re wrong! Here are some tips I use to achieve the impossible in my own life.
How to Adapt
Adaptation is the name of the game for me. I was lucky enough to have parents that insisted I engage with the world as it is as best I can. I learned how to feed myself, dress myself, and even open a soda can with my toes so I wouldn’t have to rely on others for every day-to-day task. Think it’s an extreme example? It’s not: this adaptation is possible in your own life, and the need is just as pressing. If you have a struggle of some kind that holds you back, stop for a minute and think about how you can adapt to it. Open yourself to ideas; don’t be quick to reject them. Sometimes the way around a problem is surprising or even uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid of discomfort or fear; in fact, discomfort is a key sign that you’re doing something different, and doing something different is the only way to break an unproductive (but comfortable) cycle of behavior. Oh, and don’t listen to what others think is possible for you to achieve: that’s only up to you to find out.
The Battle Is Won In The Mind
Professional athletes often talk about a large part of their success being due to their ability to visualize their victory before it happens. This isn’t a myth, either: visualization really works, and there’s evidence to prove it: and best of all, you don’t need to be a star athlete to use it. Stressful presentation coming up? Visualize yourself crushing it. Complex physical or mental activity, like a musical performance or math test? Visualize every step in your mind over and over, always ending with you succeeding. Visualization actually strengthens the pathways in your brain that control the skill you want to improve in. Envisioning success is so important, and it costs you literally nothing but a few moments of your time.
I’m Jessica Cox. Achieving the impossible is something I’ve had to do over and over again in my life, and I know how to guide people toward doing the same in their lives. If you’d like me to share my inspirational life story with the attendees at your meeting, convention, or religious gathering, contact me.