Vision versus Circumstances

VIDEO: Indianapolis Colts – Coach Pagano’s speech

Chuck Pagano’s speech yesterday touched all who watched it. As a man currently battling leukemia Coach Pagano has a greater understanding of the importance of a football game viewed in the context of his health and well-being.

Win. Lose. Sometimes that’s not the most important part of life.

Living life with a purpose to see his two daughters get married gives Coach Pagano that drive and focus to find his strength and defeat cancer. He has a vision of what he wants his life to be going forward.

VISION: the act or power of anticipating that which will or may cometo be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.

CIRCUMSTANCE: Usually, circumstances. The existing conditions or state of affairs surrounding and affecting an agent: Circumstances permitting, we sail on Monday.

He is not letting circumstances define him. He knows that he is in for a battle. We all have battles to face. His may be much more serious than yours right now but the message is still applicable.

Choose your situation. We can accept cialis online 20mg things as they are:

  • Health (physical and mental well-being)
  • finances
  • relationships with friends and family

or we can decide to go out and make a vision into reality.

As Coach Pagano said, “you guys were living in a vision and you weren’t living in circumstances…you refused to live in circumstances…you decided to live in a vision…and that’s why you are already champions”

There are certain circumstances that are out of our control. No matter how much I try I will never be 7’ tall and play center in the NBA. That’s fine because that circumstance (or others like it) does not prevent me from affecting all the other circumstances that I do have control over.

The circumstances that really matter – one’s health, security, and relationships – are always under a certain degree of control for us. We can either directly influence these circumstances for the better or decide to alter our perception of them for the in a more positive light.

When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a form of IBD, 4 years ago I had no control over this chronic, life-long disease. I had it whether I wanted it or not. What I did have control over was how I viewed my life with IBD. I had control over the vision of my life and control over what circumstances I’d let affect that vision.

Since my diagnosis I have written two books, achieved several training certifications, started this website and training business, completed two sprint triathlons, and have been enjoying living a healthy and happy life while trying to help others do the same.

Vision or circumstances. Which one are you going to focus on today?

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