Are You Ready?

by Keith Taylor

Are you ready to make a positive change in your life?

Everyone will answer a resounding “YES”! However, are you really ready?

Shortly after my stroke, I would say “I am ready to move forward and make the necessary changes” in order to see some positive results in life, but then, I wouldn’t do anything about it.

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

One of the biggest issues is that we set huge goals, instead of making realistic, day to day progress and having checkpoints to keep us on track.

Due to the size of it, we are overwhelmed and decide not to do anything. Instead of doing a little bit each day to get better, we try some big feat and quickly get discouraged. On goes the cycle!

This is going to take time, and the “Little Wins” will help you move forward. No matter where you are at in your stroke journey. 

Another issue; It is easy for us to play the “Woe is me” card after having a stroke.

I couldn’t get the words out that I wanted and I felt weird because of the change in looks, walking differently, being upset about almost everything…on and on.

But remember, ALL PEOPLE go through tough times in life, and most everyone is focused on the most important person they know…THEMSELVES! This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the way of the world.

Acknowledge this (albeit internally), it will help you understand where others’ are coming from and get over the feeling that you are the only one going through challenges.

Once you make a decision to move forward, you will be tested. I don’t know why this is, but it is true.

You are not the only one this is happening to. You can find many examples showing people being challenged once they make a decision. Our brains like the status quo, and you are going to make it perform better.

Be prepared and welcome it!

It is going to take work, but the changes will be positive. You will look back in a few years, and not even recognize the difference.

You will be more confident.

Talking to others and not questioning everything you say is huge.

Your abilities will increase.

People will recognize how self-assured you are.

Your knowledge will grow.

It will be exciting to continue to learn.

Don’t worry about being perfect. Just get started!

The truth is that it takes dedicated perseverance to obtain results after having a stroke. You must ask yourself if you are willing to put in the hard work, time, and actions needed to change.

Set some realistic goals. Track them. Get some positive results. Then move on!

Keith

keith@strengthafterstroke.com

www.strengthafterstroke.com

I Am Back!

I Am Back…and ready to change the world!!!

OK, NOT ready to change the entire world…but ready to take on the daily challenges of running a business. I am rested and eager to start.

I just completed fifth my year in business.

I can not believe I have been doing this for over 5 years! It started out giving one speech to    all my friends and has evolved into a full time job.  OK, not really full time job because of me having to nap and because I can’t really speak in full sentences.  If they would only get beyond that….

This is tough for me to get used to…Not being able to communicate properly.  I have an idea, but I just can not put it into words.  You wouldn’t believe how frustrating that is. I read the Wall Street Journal daily, but it is hard for me to stay focused. After reading 2 paragraphs, I am ready to switch stories.

Then if asked about what I just read, I can’t get the words out to describe it. Like I said, is is frustrating.

But what REALLY keeps me going:

 

I made some changes….

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The home page looked like this….

Do you have trouble:

  • Facing challenges
  • Embracing change
  • Examining relationships and attitudes
  • Finding happiness and success in ways previously unimagined?

Hope and encouragement in the face of adversity are universal needs. Humor and compassion are key to you envisioning this life-changing experience.

My Brain Has a Hole In It
Audiences will laugh, cry, and be inspired as Gordon and Jill discuss this life-changing experience and the life-lessons gained from their struggle. The insurance agents tell us that they learned not take NO for an answer.

” It forces us to think about our lives in a different way-both from a personal and professional stand point.  Change is a part of all of our lives, but we somehow think that terrible and traumatic events will never be a part of our lives.  You show us how we can overcome small and enormous adversity.”

Perfect for:
Insurance/Financial Professionals gain hope and perspective from an amazing journey
Risk Management Professionals appreciate their role in Gordon and Jill’s success
Meeting Planners set a tone of inspiration and possibility for their attendees

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Putting Failure In Its Place
The winning strategies that Gordon faithfully practiced as a sales executive are the same strategies he employs to recover from his massive brain injury. Be inspired and compelled to overcome professional or personal setbacks and reach for more than you thought was possible.

“The courage, determination, strength, and faith that you both have demonstrated is truly inspiring. And the discipline and drive you have shown in the face of profound adversity showed us all that with great effort, great accomplishments are possible.”

Perfect for:
Professional Teams embrace meaningful, accountable change in their personal and professional lives

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Now, it looks like this…

My brain has a hole in it…does yours???

Putting Failure In Its Place
What is keeping you from realizing your potential? What can you do to increase your sales peoples’ commitment?  Are these common challenges YOUR challenges?

  • My team is afraid of cold calling
  • Employees are disengaged with the success of our company
  • Hesitant to aggressively compete in a highly competitive marketplace
  • Reluctant to embrace change
  • How to bolster relationships and attitudes through teamwork
  • Employees are facing personal challenges

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“The courage, determination, strength, and faith that you both have demonstrated is truly inspiring. And the discipline and drive you have shown in the face of profound adversity showed us all that with great effort, great accomplishments are possible.”

Hope and encouragement in the face of adversity are universal needs. Humor and compassion are key to you envisioning this life-changing experience.

Click here for Video
Click here for Testimonials

My Brain Has a Hole In It
Audiences will laugh, cry, and be inspired as Gordon and Jill discuss this life-changing experience and the life-lessons gained from their struggle. The insurance agents tell us that they learned not take NO for an answer. Read More

” It forces us to think about our lives in a different way-both from a personal and professional stand point.  Change is a part of all of our lives, but we somehow think that terrible and traumatic events will never be a part of our lives.  You show us how we can overcome small and enormous adversity.”

Click here for Video
Click here for Testimonials

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Gordon Viggiano was a healthy, active, no risk factor man who still managed to suffer a massive stroke on his 51st birthday.  As a lifelong entrepreneur and businessman, he always had a plan, but his plans never included something like this. Gordon Viggiano is the BEST inspirational, motivational and uplifting speaker on the planet.

You will notice a few changes on my TAB bar.  What do you think?

Time for a change?



My wife decided to take a vacation…away from me.  I think is fantastic that she is visiting her mom; they have such a great time together!  Thinking back, I think this vacation was good for me too.  I have had time to think about where I am now and where I want to go. I concluded that I am going about it WRONG.

I have been making calls for three years and thought I would be turning it around.  After reviewing my calls today, it doesn’t appear to be working.  Maybe I should be spending more of my time writing?  Will that bring people to me?

It’s clear I need to change SOMETHING!  Will this be the key?  They said this would be difficult; I just didn’t know HOW difficult.

I will write back in two months and let you know how the NEW plan is working.  It is Time for a change!