May 24, 2011

Motivation to get you through anything.

Let's face it:

Today you will be tested with a struggle that is beyond your control. 

I challenge you to accept that in which you cannot control, and focus instead on what you can.

"Easier said than done," you are probably thinking to yourself...

Well, watch it being done here:

When Nick was born his father left the room to vomit. His mother refused to hold him until he was four months old. Despite his missing limbs, he was a healthy baby boy.

Nick at just six months old

Just stop and think for a moment about the torment, depression and loneliness that Nick has gone through the past 26 years of his life. When he was younger he prayed to and begged God every day for his arms and legs to grow. He bottled up, and tried to give up by drowning himself when he was ten. Nick then changed his attitude and realized that God had a purpose and a plan for him. He quickly embraced his beautiful life and the gifts that he has been given. He learned how to brush his own teeth, write with a pencil, play a round of golf, swim, type on the computer, surf, and he's obtained two university degrees. In just this year alone he will be visiting over twenty different countries to speak to and motivate individuals all around the world.

Nick at school as a ten-year-old child. His parents decided not to send him to a special school - a decision he said was very hard for him, but which may have been the best decision they could have made for him

Water sports aren't Nick's only thing - he also plays golf with a club tucked under his chin, and is a huge fan of the English Premier League

Nick bobs happily about in the pool

Please don't sit and compare your life or struggles to those that Nick has. You own and are entitled to your grief, struggles and frustrations - but just imagine how much more difficult your life would be today if you were born without limbs. FACT: Your life could always be worse. Remember that there is purpose to our daily struggles and that a 'problem' isn't THE problem, your reaction to the problem is your problem. A positive attitude is the single most effective factor in handling your daily frustrations and fears - this and this alone is where you can compare yourself to Nick and use him as an example.

Nick pictured during his travels in India. He has visited 24 different countries, touring the world as a motivational speaker

Sometimes we don't realize how lucky we are until we see someone like Nick. It is very easy to take things for granted and lose perspective about what is important in life. Nick's pride, motivation, self confidence and zest for life has touched my heart and humbled me. I hope that he has done the same for you.

Nick enjoys the Hawaiian sun in his customised electric wheelchair

All images were found here
To learn more about Nick click here

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11 comments

  1. This guy came and spoke at my church in South Africa last year! - He truly is amazing! :)

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  2. I've seen him on TV before and was amazed by his story! What an incredible young man!

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  3. Jenna - WOW! I would love to meet him. You're so lucky that he has touched your life in person.

    San - Yes, Nick is so incredibly strong and inspiring!

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  4. Wow. What an incredible story.

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  5. Wow, just wow! What an inspiration!!

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  6. I love this story!! First time I saw his video, I was in tears. Happy tears of course. What an amazing person. You are sharing some great things here, lady :)

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  7. Wow. Seriously. Wow. There is some gorgeous strength in that. Inspirational to say the least!!

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  8. how absolutely inspiring!!!!

    great blog btw :-) have a good weekend!

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  9. This is a great post and you are going to be featured this week at my party!! It will be up in a few! My good friend works for NIck and I had dinner with him and some other people one night, great guy!

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  10. What an inspiring story!
    He's definitely a hero!
    Many people have many things to learn from him.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Greetings from Argenitna!

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