This edition of Motivational Monday can easily be perceived as a little controversial and might stir up some debate. I even went back and forth on my stance about this while watching it and I look forward to your comments.
But after I heard Garrett answer the question, “How does having down syndrome affect you?” with the answer of, “It does not!”, I HAD to use this story for Motivational Monday.
This video and story have a lot of powerful reminders delivered in a way that commands attention!
1. It is a beautiful display of the power of self image and how that power will directly control not only the results in your life but the amount of power and ability you have available to you to obtain those results.
How others perceive you is important but by FAR the MOST important thing in life is what YOU see when you look in the mirror.
2. Surrounding yourself with people that “pull punches” so you don’t get hurt does nothing to extract your true greatness and ability and robs you of the chance to fight through your own fears or self doubt literally STEALING your chances for success versus expanding it.
Surround yourself with people who are not afraid to push you past your perceived limits and more importantly, surround yourself with people who are not afraid to push you past the limits that OTHER PEOPLE impose on you. Sometimes, the people in our lives who love us have one primary objective and that is to keep us safe and protect us from getting hurt. They mean well but in doing that, they are robbing us of gifts in life that create a rich, happy, confident, and fulfilling life.
I have a lot of respect for Garretts opponent to have the courage to make it real. He didn’t want to hurt him, he wanted to help him and give him the opportunity to find his confidence. He wasn’t concerned about how he looked, he was concerned about being a competitor and by doing so, he gave Garrett a HUGE opportunity that no one else had given him before. Had he not given him a “real fight”, I honestly don’t think Garrett would have excelled to the point he started teaching others.
3. Once you find a passion in life, NEVER back down from a challenge because challenges are like the hard shells the encase the nut. Once you break through them, there is ALWAYS a reward inside.
4. Prepare for success! There is always a point in life when your “training” will take over. Train hard, whether it’s for financial success, relationship success, business success, fitness success, or for anything you want in life.
5. When you breakthrough your own fears, limitations (self imposed or real), take the punches, and still come out standing you become a source of inspiration for others, like a super hero to model and draw strength from.
And like Garrett says at the end, we all need a super hero in our life!