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Live with Your Glass Half Full

Posted by Pete Visintin on

 

It's midnight on a Tuesday.  My eyelids are heavy.  I just finished chasing and playing with my 1 year old daughter for 4 consecutive hours.  My muscles ache from working out.  My head hurts from overall lack of sleep, and my energy level is near rock bottom.  BUT in the back of my mind I know I still have a lot of work that needs to get done, and no one else is going to do it for me.


As soon as the house goes "all quiet" my first inclination is to use all of the above reasons as excuses to hit the hay faster than a speeding bullet. 


It's at this exact moment every night that I have trained myself to change my thoughts about my situation from negative/pessimistic to positive/optimistic.  I purposefully think about everything listed in the first paragraph with a "glass-half-full" approach...


- I'm tired because I got to live the day fully.

- I'm thankful that I have a child to chase, and that I'm mobile enough to chase her.  

- I realize being healthy enough to exercise intensely is a privilege many people do not have.

- I don't sleep enough because I choose to stay up to do work that I love and follow my dreams.


Work to train yourself to live life with a glass-half-full approach by intentionally changing the way you think. 


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Every time I slip up and start to feel down in the dumps about something I remember that many, many people are MUCH worse off than me.  I imagine a Navy SEAL instructor standing over me yelling "Get up Visintin!  Quit being a pansy!"  


And somehow, someway for almost 4 years I've always been able to get up, dig deep, and get the job done, so that my life and FTF can move forward.  From this experience I can tell you, without a doubt, that the payoff ultimately outweighs the sacrifice 10 fold.


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I'll leave you with the video below.  It's a young kid named, Sparsh Shah, who has a condition that makes his bones brittle and keeps him confined to a wheelchair.  


He could make far more excuses than me to not pursue his dreams, but he doesn't.  He works to share music to the world in a way that uplifts and entertains hundreds of thousands of people.  


If you take nothing else away from this post please watch the video, and remember young Sparsh's positive attitude and confidence despite his tough circumstances. 

 

 

 

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable." 

- Christopher Reeve a.k.a. Superman


Cheers to keeping your glass half full from now on!


-Pete


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