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I recently did a talk for a women’s athletic team.  I love speaking to athletes as most of them understand and respect the effort it takes to be outstanding.  When you can impart whatever wisdom you have about leadership and teamwork with youth, as my mentor did with me, I feel a strong obligation to share.    I was asked a question about the mindset of the passengers on board after the plane hit the water as I was talking about the teamwork it took to pull off a miracle.  I thought for a second and the movie “Sully” popped in my head.  One of the scenes from the ferry, one of the ferry crew members told a passenger that “No one dies today!”  And that was my answer about the mindset from the day.  We all worked together so no one was left behind and hence a potential tragedy turned into a miracle.

This week I did an interview for an upcoming episode of “Mysteries of the Church”  on behalf of the Catholic church.   Going back to New York City always motivates me.  Take away the traffic and congestion and NYC and northern NJ are some of the most exciting places to be in the country.  As we descend into LaGuardia, I get a little emotional looking at Manhattan and the Hudson River.  Knowing that my life could have taken a totally different path there, I have gratitude for having another chance to fulfill my mission on earth.  As I was preparing for the interview at the studio, I started thinking of the Katie Couric show and seeing all the babies that were born from fellow passengers since the MOTH.  I thought about if any or all of us had a different outcome on 1/15/09, these lives would not be here and I go into a state of gratitude.  As the interview proceeded, I was able to dissect how a miracle happens.  It wasn’t just one miracle, many miracles happened that day and sharing that for an audience that may be questioning if miracles still occur was very rewarding.  I then referenced something my minister, Bishop Ken Carter,  shared with me about the power of prayer in a miracle.   He shared that everyday in Jesus’ life wasn’t pixey dust and sunshine.  He had bad days just like all mortals do.  But Jesus knew that praying to his Creator helped Him in tough times. So I thought, if it was good enough for Jesus, it’s probably good enough for me and that is what I did that day, I prayed, like most if not all the other passengers from US Airways 1549 and a potential tragedy turned into a miracle.  So I told the interviewer that I do believe that the power of prayer does impact a miracle.

As I spoke to this women’s athletic team.  I shared a story Tony Robbins taught me and countless others about the power of rewards.  As most people do when Tony asks the question,  today, the rewards you receive for effort that you put forth are not equal until you get to the “outstanding”  level result where all the great rewards reside.  I shared with them that when you give an outstanding effort, you get outstanding rewards and that’s when people make a movie of your life.  Captain Sullenberger’s life being shared in the movie “Sully” is proof of that.  When you give an outstanding and life changing effort, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks WANT to be involved in the telling of your life. Just like Chris Kyle’s life in American Sniper.   When you add a miracle into the equation then you are remembered for a lifetime.

During this Christmas season, we celebrate and remember another Miracle.  Over the past 2016 years, this miracle has been told and remembered because the person who was involved in that miracle did outstanding things and produced miracles.  He got his outstanding rewards in a different way but He still received them.  Because of this one miracle, even though we may die physically one day, no one really dies that day, they get their just rewards in a different way.

During this holiday season, remember that miracles still do happen, everyday.  Your miracle may not be as public as the miracle that I and 154 others were involved with but be thankful for your trials and tribulations as once you conquer them, your rewards are just around the corner.  All these MOMENTS you have in your life MATTER.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah happy Holidays.

Go to DaveSandersonSpeaks.com and as my gift to you during the Holiday season,  purchase a copy of “Moments Matter“ and “Brace for Impact” at a special price of $25 for both, you will get a copy of the book “HalfTime” free!

I’m excited to share that we’ll have a book signing  of “Moments Matter” on 1/18/17 in Wichita, Kansas.  I would be honored if you are in the Wichita area if you would join me! 

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Dave Sanderson is the Managing Partner of his firm, Dave Sanderson Speaks Enterprises based out of Charlotte, NC.  On January 15, 2009, Dave was the last passenger off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely.  In addition to speaking and training, Dave conducts workshops and his book was released titled “Moments Matter” on January 19, 2016, in which he discusses how by employing 12 key resources was a key factor that turned a potential tragedy into the “Miracle on the Hudson” and how does one take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to grow and contribute. He and his wife, Terri, reside in Charlotte, NC. They have four children, Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney, and Chance.