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Feb 16

Living Life Without Limits

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Nick Vujicic exemplifies the phrase “living without limits”. Image courtesy of http://www.zlotemysli.pl

“I have the choice to be angry at God for what i don’t have, or be thankful for what i do have”
― Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits tweet this!

YouTube is such a wonderful and useful tool in today’s modern age.  There’s almost no limit to the amount of information you can get from it.

I’ve done a lot with YouTube lately watching Daily Top 10 NBA plays, vintage wrestling matches from my childhood days and motivational videos as well.  I’ve watched Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, and Brian Tracy to name a few but one particular speaker got my attention more than the others and that is Nick Vujicic.

For those of you who don’t know him, Nick is a motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs.  In short, he was born without hands and feet.

He struggled mentally and emotionally as a child.  When he was ten years old, he considered committing suicide by drowning himself in the tub but after several failed attempts, he realized that he can’t bear the feeling of leaving his loved ones behind as well as the guilt they will carry because of it.

He came to terms with his disability and at the age of seventeen, he started his own non-profit organization called Life Without Limbs.

Nick is now one of the most recognized motivational speakers and best-selling author.  He is also married with one child.

Nick’s story is not only inspirational but also life-changing.  His courage and positive outlook towards life is one for the books and he made me realize a number of things about my life and what changes I need to make.

He made me realize how lucky I am

Tetra-amelia syndrome is a very rare disorder and has only been reported in only a few families worldwide so imagine the probability of someone having it.  You’re like a needle-in-a-haystack if you ever do so what are the chances right?

I was born without defect or deformities and so are my children and with all the different disorders known to man, I consider myself very lucky to have been born any of them.

Sometimes we just have to look at the little things, things we don’t pay much attention to, for us to realize what we should be thankful for.  Can you imagine how difficult it is to live in the dark your whole life? Or live your whole life without hearing the noise around you?

I know I can’t so before we all start complaining about living a crappy life and being discontented with what we don’t have, look yourself in the mirror.  Take a long look at the hands you use to hold your spoon and fork or the legs you use to run those marathons.  Ask yourself.  What am I griping about?

That happiness is indeed a choice

You can never choose the hand you’ve been dealt with and it doesn’t matter anyway.  What matters is how you play that hand.

Nick Vujicic was born without limbs yet the joy I see in his face and in the way he talks to people transcends those with complete body parts.  Most people would think that guys like him should be depressed, resentful and hopeless yet he is the exact opposite.

How did he do it?  The answer is short and simple: ACCEPTANCE

He has accepted his condition and have learned to live with it.  Like Nick, some of us were not born under the best of circumstances but unlike him, we continue to live in denial, blaming God and the universe for how our lives turned out.  You can’t turn back the hands of time and choose what’s best for you.  It’s just not possible so why waste your energy wallowing in self-pity when you have the option to just be happy with where you are and what you are?

You can be happy regardless of the situation you’re in.  Whether you’re broke, sick, or divorced, if you move past the resentment and dissatisfaction, happiness is possible.

My life ain’t perfect right now but I’ve never been this happy for a while and all it took was a change in mindset.

Your only limitation is the one you set against yourself

“Are you a Mexi-can or a Mexi-can’t?” – Danny Trejo, Once Upon a Time in Mexico tweet this!

The four-minute mile is the act of completing a mile run in less than four minutes, a feat that was deemed impossible until Roger Banister proved to everyone that it was achievable when he completed it in 3 minutes and 59 seconds.  The four-minute barrier has since been broken by many other athletes and is now the standard of all male professional middle distance runners.

We all have self-limiting beliefs that we consider insurmountable but like the four-minute barrier, not everything we believe is true.  Most of the time, they’re all myths.

Remember that you are who you think you are so if you think you’re inadequate and you are not capable of success, you’ll probably end up as such because you’re already set a limitation to what you can do.

Dream big and set bigger goals because the only limitations you will face are those that you set.

See opportunity in every difficulty

The first time I was laid off in 2009, I was scared of the things that may happen considering my situation.  We bought our house that year and me and my wife were planning to borrow money from her relatives when the bad news came.

I was worried of the possibilities but it turns out that it was all a blessing in disguise.  I received a severance package enough to cover the money we borrowed to pay for the house and I also got a call from another company two months after.

Don’t look at difficulty as something negative.  Use it as opportunity to learn from your mistakes and be better in handling similar situations next time.  This is the reason most self-made millionaires were all broke before they became rich.  They all used adversity as motivation, as a tool to reach success.

Nick Vujicic didn’t have arms and legs but he used his condition to inspire millions of people to change their attitudes and mindset and live better lives in the process.

The Takeaway

No situation or circumstance can be considered bad with a person who carries a positive mindset so stay hopeful and never lose faith.  You may be in a place you don’t want to be in right now but you don’t have to stay there for long.  In the end, it’s all up to you.  Are you going to cry everyday for something you don’t have or will you be happy and thankful for the things you have?

Your choice.

Over to You

How do you find happiness regardless of your situation?

I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment and share your stories anytime.

 

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

2 comments

  1. Mary Fernandez

    “Your only limitation is the one you set against yourself.” Very powerful message, Noel! I hadn’t heard of Nick Vujicic before, but now I will definitely look him up. Thank you for this great reminder to be thankful for everything that we have… two hands, two feet… 10 fingers and 10 toes… Not everyone has all of theirs!

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks for your comment Mary! Nick is such an inspiration. You can also check out some of his talks in Youtube if you have time.

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