Since my winning, pre-crash self image was based on what I had and what I did, when my crash changed what I had and what I did, it also changed my self image. Suddenly I was embarrassed to be me. My crash stole my identity by stealing my winning self image. I needed a new self image. I needed a new self. I needed to rebuild myself.

We’ve all heard someone say, “If I could live life again, I’d do it differently. I wouldn’t waste so much time. I’d really apply myself to my goals.” Have you said that? I sure have.
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Well, here was my chance, I was starting over. I had all sorts of physical, mental and emotional limitations. I didn’t have the tools or abilities I had the first time I built myself, but I had a hunger, I had plenty of free time, and most important, I had a mental picture of the man I wanted to be and I was hungry to be that man.
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No Limits an autobiographical account of my rehab journey, is an account of how I realized that it doesn’t matter how many times I fall. All that matters is how many times I get back up.
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Like a magnet pulls iron shavings to itself, the self help section of a local book store pulled me to a collection of books talking about the power of Winning Attitudes. The most memorable thing I learned early on in my quest for a Winning Attitude is that the key to a person’s personality, how they behave, both in their internal and external lives, is their self image.
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By giving me the tools to rebuild myself and my self image, books by such authors as Norman Vincent Peal and Maxwell Maltz helped me to quit seeing myself as a victim and a non participant in life’s great good. Until I quit seeing myself as a victim instead of an over comer, all I could expect to have were the things victims and non participants have.
Victims and non participants don’t have Winning Attitudes and the things Winning Attitudes bring, and neither could I until I developed some self respect and a strong and capable self image.

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I won’t elaborate on them in this post, as I do in earlier or later posts and in my Winners Don’t Quit keynotes, but the tools that helped me develop self respect and a capable self image are as simple as A-B-C.

  • Accept the life I’ve been given–Live until I die.
  • Believe I will succeed–Lighten up.
  • Care about others–Care about others.

Winners keep on winning because they keep on Accepting, Believing and Caring.