As I am in the midst of a comeback, I am very happy I found Billy Cox and his message. Below is a blog post that is just one of the things I am using to make 2010 the best year ever!
In Life there are times when we get knocked down. Too often we are tempted to just sit there and and get all caught up in today’s challenges. But, if you are going to achieve your full potential, you’ve got to bounce back mentally.
Lance Armstrong overcame incredible odds to become a seven-time Tour de France (the most prestigious race in cycling) champion. In 1996, although he had never won the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong was the number one ranked cyclist in the world. But in October of that year, Lance discovered he had advanced testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. Chances for his recovery were less than 50 percent. He endured two surgeries, including brain surgery and chemotherapy. Although he was weak, Lance started to think about racing again only five months after his diagnosis. Unfortunately, to add insult to injury, his sponsor had dropped him.
But Lance didn’t let that stop him. He decided to make a comeback. In 1998, he declared victory over cancer and returned to racing. The road back was long and hard, with many challenges and discouragements. But just one year later, in 1999, Lance won the Tour de France. Amazingly, he is now the only person in history to have won the race seven years in a row. What a comeback!
The question is, if Lance Armstrong had never experienced the adversity of cancer, would he have become the greatest cyclist in history? In his book, Every Second Counts (Broadway, 2003), he gives us the answer: “I’ve often said that cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me … the fact is that I wouldn’t have won even a single Tour de France without the lesson of illness.”
How about you? Are you experiencing adversity in your business or life?
Are you letting it hold you back? Depending on how you choose to react, it can make you stronger and you can make a comeback.
How do you become a comeback person? Ask yourself the following:
1. What’s good about this situation or what could be good about this challenge?
2. What can I learn from this experience so I can be better in the future?
3. What are some new actions I can take today and what can I do more of in the future that will help me rise to new levels?
Finally, get up every morning and look in the mirror and say “I am an honest, goal setting, self motivated positive person. I look good, I feel good, and I am moving closer to my dreams.
Remember to be the type of person who provides a service that other people need and fill that need and make friends along the way.
To your success,
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Billy Cox is a author, speaker and business leader who is inspiring the next generation to Dream Big, Take Action and Get Results He is the author of The All-Star Sales Book, The Dream Book and You Gotta Get In The Game. He can be contacted by calling 1-800-722-4685 or firstname.lastname@example.org