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“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius

A positive mindset can make all the difference, but staying positive and mindful when you crave immediate results can start to wear at even the most patient of people. It's also easy to feel you're falling short when progress doesn't come to you as quickly as first anticipated or desired. But it's vital to your long-term progress that you remember it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep going. Whatever your goals are, momentum is still momentum. Keep the ball rolling. You're already farther ahead than you were yesterday!

#NeverGiveUp #recoveryjourney #physicalrehabilitation #ProgressIsProgress #Dailyinspiration #selfcare #Stroke #Aneurysm #strokethriver #strokerecovery #Physicaldisability #settinggoals #Motivation #FindingForward

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Here’s 3 key lessons I picked up from Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training (SERE):

1. Never give up

2. Be thankful for your freedom each day

3. Respect and appreciate all who fight and sacrifice for the freedoms of our nation

These lessons alongside SERE training as a whole go a long way in maintaining internal control when going through hardships. Overtime, you learn to meet conflict and challenges head-on. Survival training introduced me to the warrior within myself, a warrior I was reacquainted to when recovering from stroke and paralysis. You have your own warrior inside! It’s time to tap into your own strength. You have the will within!

#warrior #innerstrength #fighter #Soldiers #AirForceVet #ProgressIsProgress #DisabledLivesMatter #StrokeSurvivorsNeverQuit #AneurysmSurvivorsNeverQuit #FindingForward

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How long does it take to break a habit? Science says anywhere from 18 to 254 days. That’s right, the old belief it took 21 days to change a habit isn’t what psychologists are saying today. What does that mean for those of us looking to better ourselves, improve our abilities, and create a better day-to-day life? It means we have to live less out of habit, and more out of intention. When you find yourself going through the motions of your day, acting out of habit or your usual schedule, I encourage you to stop and ask yourself a few questions:

Does this habit help me or hurt me long term? How can I add a little extra happiness into my routine? Can I improve this routine in some way?

When you take the time to take care of your present self, you contribute to your future self's well-being. Small changes create big impacts. The more you live with intention, the bigger the lasting changes!

#thepowerofhabit #leadwithintention #bepresent #thismoment #recoveryjourney #physicalrehabilitation #ProgressIsProgress #Dailyinspiration #selfcare #FindingForward #Recovery

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Question: What does my previous job in aviation have to do with recovering from a devastating trauma? Well, it’s actually quite interesting.

Being part of a flight crew in my career in the aviation industry isn’t really about what seat you sit in to move an aircraft safely from one place to another. It’s about your teamwork, situational awareness, how you communicate effectively with others, the willingness to always learn more, thinking ahead and from many different angles, being an optimist and never giving up despite all the odds that might be mounting against you, and most of all, how to stay alive no matter what threats stand before you.

When I think about communicating my restrictions for instance and how I might need help reducing them, my thoughts instantly went to how I would articulate and build a picture in the other person’s mind much as I would do if I were speaking on a radio in the airplane. Imagine while you’re flying over a foreign country that you’re talking to someone you can’t see and their country‘s language is different from your own. Now think about talking in detail in the fewest words possible that are absolutely matter of fact as you speak to that Air Traffic Controller. Doing that successfully in an airplane for years made it much easier years later with my disability and speaking to a therapist standing in front of me. If I can speak in a language that you anticipate then we can work more effectively and avoid assumptions. This also helps you feel like your getting somewhere in your recovery efforts and less like your stuck in a holding pattern. Something else that’s positive and comes from learning to speak in your therapist’s language, like anatomy for instance, is that it gives you something beneficially new to learn which positively occupies your time when you’re not in therapy.

#Warrior #innerstrength #fighter #SoldersMentality #AirForceVet #ProgressIsProgress #DisabledLivesMatter #StrokeSurvivorsNeverQuit #AneurysmSurvivorsNeverQuit #Finding_Forward