Interested in becoming more happy and successful? Cancer Survivors
have obviously been through one of the hardest tests life can throw us
and this article has some surprising information from them that you
can use to move your life ahead today.
According to a USA TODAY/Kaiser Foundation/Harvard study, 63 percent
of cancer survivors say the disease changed their lives in some
positive way. Some of the positive changes listed were such things as
a renewed sense of confidence, a greater appreciation for their own
endurance, a questioning of their priorities and an increase in their
As a motivational expert specializing in fast results, I think there
are valuable lessons for all of us to learn from the terrible ordeal
cancer survivors have gone though and how they changed.
The first lesson we can learn from this is to appreciate each day that
is given us and live each day to the fullest, since none of know what
tomorrow may bring.
Another lesson we can learn is that avoiding adversity is not always
the best strategy in terms of our self development. Many times we
only grow by going through the sometimes painful process of trying new
things, and facing new challenges. Many times these things show us we
can do things we thought we couldn't do, or give us new knowledge and
skills that take us to a new level in life. The same can be said for
coping skills. The more we successfully cope with, the more we know
we can handle and therefore we have lower levels of anxiety and
stress, as we know we can handle things.
Going through adversity also increases our self-confidence and our
happiness with what we have. If you can look back on a struggle to
get what you have, such as an educational achievement, or mastering a
skill, that new skill means more to us and we have a sense of pride in
what we did and a belief we can tackle more in our lives. Also we
enjoy what we obtained through adversity more than something we have
that seemed easily obtained. Some people, who are gifted in an area,
do not enjoy their achievements in that area, because it seems so easy
to them. It is said that Marlon Brando looked down on acting and
actors, even though he was a gifted actor himself, because it came
easy to him.
So begin to gradually increase the amount of adversity you have in
your daily life, but focus that increased adversity in areas that
match your goals in life. For instance if you seek higher income,
gradually increase the training and work you put in on the steps
needed to produce more income. As you reach one goal, keep the
pressure and momentum going and move on to one or more new goals, but
don't forget to acknowledge your progress and give yourself a small
reward at each success.
Business and Life Coach Theresa Smith stresses that we need balance in
our lives if we want to reduce stress and enjoy our lives. The
sorting out of priorities the cancer survivors did, probably result in
a change in the balance they had in their lives between work, family,
relationships and so on. Make sure you do the same.
So take the lessons cancer survivors have shared with us and put them
into use today. You will move towards having increased
self-confidence, happiness and begin to move your life to a new level.
The Principles of Success
Believe you can succeed and you will. Achieving success in
whatever endeavor you choose may be the goal of life, because it
gives you freedom from worry. Could that be?
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Edward W. Smith is the author of Sixty Seconds To Success, he produces
and hosts the Bright Moment cable TV and internet radio show, is
president of the Bright Moment Seminars, is a motivational speaker
specializing in fast results, and publishes the free, daily, email of
the One Minute Motivator (quick peak performance tip). His website is