I provide keynote speeches and wrote a book about the twelve action steps to success entitled “Decide Success.” For me, first and foremost, success is to do whatever I can to live life to the fullest with Parkinson’s. Second, success is to inspire others through my example and my words, whether spoken or written.
An action step in the Mapping Phase is to “Experience your own end-vision by actually projecting and engaging all your senses and then identify the specific necessary steps to make it your reality.” Back in 2002, I actually “end-visioned” myself twenty years into the future as the slowest progressing Parkinson’s patient in the annals of medical history. I still have nine years to go, but as Maverick said in the movie Top Gun, “It’s looking good so far.” The second part is to identify specific steps or daily actions.
Every day, I (a) exercise, (b) only eat healthy food, (c) research Parkinson’s and related topics, (d) write or perform some other mental exercise, and (e) make sure I set aside time to get enough rest.
My exercise regime now includes alternating days of strength training workouts (with kettle bells) and Hot Yoga (wherever I am making inspirational presentation). I consider myself healthier now than before Parkinson’s disease. In fact, my transformation was the subject of a keynote speech by professional cyclist Davis Phinney with Parkinson’s that you can find on my website: EmbracingAdversity.com
An action step in the Active Phase is to “Identify, develop, and nurture extensive contacts and resources,” your team or “tribe.” Of course, this includes your care partner and doctors (neurologist and movement disorders specialist), but also includes your local support group, rehabilitation personnel, therapists, surgeons (for example, for deep brain stimulation), nutritionist, fitness trainer, financial adviser and, yes, a social security benefits and employment attorney.