See things as they are, not worse than they are and then you can turn your suffering into purpose.
I recently spoke for a college athletic team. I’m always impressed with the commitment it takes not only to be a college athlete but all the things they have to do outside of their athletic commitment. Being a college athlete teaches many skills from teamwork to time management. As I progressed through my talk, I started to veer off into a message of the difference between being a good team to an outstanding team and how outstanding teams have athletes that learn to check their egos at the door, focusing on the common mission. Personal significance and having those who need all the notoriety are not highly valued, it’s about the team. They figure out that “Christmas is not MY birthday.”
From playing the game with my cousins, I learned at a young age how to assess risk and take the appropriate action if I wanted to win. The more risks I took, the better I got at assessing when and how to take it. That skill translated to January 15,2009, the Miracle on the Hudson.
In my Tedx talk “JOLT- Bouncing Back,” I speak about growth out of a traumatic experience leads to a life transformation. In an interview I did the week after my Tedx talk, I was asked, “how did you know your life was transformed”? I shared that I believe my life was transformed by a realization about my level of consiousness.
Just like on January 15, 2009 when crisis hit in New York City and the boats came and miracles started and maybe there was a larger meaning in all of this.
You don’t need a literal plane crash to be restored. You will have your own “personal plane crash” in your life. There are many ways to restoration in your life, growing and connecting instead of being stagnant and withering,
Since the premier of “Sully” and my Tedx talk, “Bouncing Back,” there is a question I get asked consistently, and it’s not about the Miracle on the Hudson. It is about the one most important thing I learned from my time being around Tony Robbins.