A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. James Allen
I had the good fortune to represent the Warrior Angels Foundation on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast recently.
We dug into all aspects of traumatic brain injury. What I really enjoyed was getting to converse with Joe and Dr. Gordon on the psychology of performance, and how our thoughts influence our environment. Click here to watch an excerpt of the show.
How the right mental frame work can positively alter physiology and shape circumstance (2 different but relevant examples).
1. I broke my left fibula (non weight bearing) bone above my ankle in 1999 playing high school football. The break required two surgeries, a permanent titanium plate, and a few screws to help heal it. It continues to plague me today.
Despite my leg pain I was able to earn a college football scholarship, enlist in the army, make it through Special Forces training and multiple deployments.
After returning from deployment my physical therapist ordered imaging to be done on my leg. I had to pass a standard physical to attend some follow on training.
Much to our physical therapist's and surgeons disbelief, the imaging revealed the titanium plate and fibula were in two pieces, known as a non-union. Im not really sure what caused a titanium plate to break in two but it did. This caused a mild knee jerk reaction with my medical command.
Conventional wisdom said that I shouldn’t have been able to physically perform at the level I was with my leg in this condition. I never allowed it to bother me.
I had a job to do and people counted on me to perform. The thought of cowering to something as insignificant as a broken bone never entered my mind. The only thing I acknowledged was that it was not going to stop me from accomplishing what I needed to do, nor would it ever be used as an excuse.
Cooler heads prevailed, I returned to duty and deployed several more times.
2. When Joe Rogan showed up to do his podcast with Dr. Gordon and I it was obvious he was a little under the weather.
Joe mentioned one time right before the show about feeling a little sick, and that was to let both Dr. Gordon and I know that he would be using tissues during the broadcast.
He didn’t whine, he never complained, and after that initial time he never harped on it again.
He had a job to do, he had people counting on him, he made his mind up that he was going to perform no matter what the situation. My hats off to you Joe, love and respect.
We can all prepare our minds and our thoughts in this manner. To hell with fate and external circumstance. If you don’t like something then fix it. We are the sum of our thoughts. Choose purposeful thoughts and decide to achieve no matter what the circumstance.
A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself. James Allen
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