This an excerpt from the beginning of the third lesson, on self-confidence. Click here to read the full lesson.
In Lesson two, you focused on the development of “A Chief Definite Aim.” The next step is to rid yourself of the many barriers, which stand in your way, through the power of self-confidence. You may think that you already have enough confidence; however, the battle for confidence must be fought by the most successful members of society, even the flamboyant, Lady Gaga.
We have little awareness of the possibilities which lie sleeping within us, awaiting the awakening of our spirit to get us going. We will never have a better inkling of those possibilities unless we develop sufficient self-confidence to lift us above the every-day influences of our present environment.
Consider this personal story.
Three years ago, I was discharged from out-patient care at St. John’s Rehab hospital. It had been a year since my stroke and I had stopped making progress. My right hand and other parts of my right side were still paralyzed. I could barely move, or even stand up.
I asked my therapist if this meant I would not get any better. He shrugged his shoulders and said “you are a Christian, right?” At that moment, that was the worst thing I could have heard. Was he saying that the only hope for my healing was a great miracle from God? I was scared.
My doctor put me on long-term disability and labelled me permanently unable to work. I felt abandoned and left with nothing but a wheel chair and a quad-cane.
After one week of being almost bedridden and depressed, something changed in me. I was filled with the assurance that I would recover completely or close to completely. I had to believe in myself, do the work required to redevelop my atrophied limbs, and accept the help of God, my family and friends. I had to get rid of the self-defeating thoughts that blocked my way.
I began attending church and found another family of supporters. As God grew deep within me, so did my confidence. I worked hard to develop the habit of training my muscle to develop mobility and strength. I climbed my stairs and worked with an in-home therapist. I walked the block on which I live, then two blocks, and on. I began going to the gym regularly.
Now, four years post-stroke, I walk sometimes without a can; I walk more than a mile, a few times a week, with a regular can. Better yet, I am working again. My formerly damaged brain now spits out ideas, solutions, and other contributions like a high-speed laser printer.
I feel no longer shut out from society. With confidence, I am creating it.
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