I recently did an interview for an upcoming episode of “Mysteries of the Church.” The interview centered on do miracles really exist and if they do, did prayer have any impact?  I shared not only my experience that day and how I believed that prayer impacted the Miracle on the Hudson but how the power of hope played a big part then and still continues to almost eight years later.  I had recently seen the new Star Wars movie, “Rouge 1” with my son and made the analogy that a rebellion doesn’t have to be a physical rebellion but everyone in their life faces internal rebellions ( or what I call a “personal plane crashes“) everyday and hope is part of the strategy to overcome any rebellion.

img_9044My fascination with “Star Wars” started in 1977 when I took a date to the first Star Wars ( which is now number 4) ,  “A New Hope.”  My date wasn’t as enthralled as I was but as I watched it for the first time I was focused on the story of Luke but as I watched all the episodes, I shifted my focus to Darth Vader. Not because he was a villain, but because of the belief by Luke that there was still good in him, hope.  When my son, Chance, was young, every night as bedtime approached, we would put on a different episode of Star Wars and I would “break it down” for him.  Good vs evil, power of hope, doing the right thing, The Six Human Needs and many other themes.  It was a way for me to connect with him and bring new distinctions about the movies that I still use today in my talks.   When he and I went to see “Rouge 1,”  and Jyn Erso said “Rebellions are built on hope, it really hit me.  Not only is it the overriding theme of Star Wars but it reminded me of what Tony Robbins teaches at this UPW event. Don’t just sit there and hope everything will be okay. take control of this situation, put yourself in an certain state and cut off any other possibility. Then burn the boats. Make the resolution that you will find a way to make things work and mentally put yourself on the path towards achieving the vision you just set forth.  That is what happened in “Rouge 1” and that is how most outstanding people approach life.

Since the premier of the movie “Sully,”  one of the most often asked questions I get is about why I think the story and “backstories” of US Airways 1549 are still relevant.   There are many reasons but one thing I believe is people are in search of physical evidence that “hope” is still alive.   They saw an event that by all means should not have turned out the way it did.  In 2009 there wasn’t a lot of positive things happening but then this “miracle” happened that was seen all over the world.  People saw something “outstanding.”   They saw “outstanding people” involved.   A regular guy who was just doing his job, did something no one ever saw before.  Others who didn’t know each other or care about each other stepped up and gave a ‘case study’ on teamwork and leadership.  People witnessed something ‘OUTSTANDING.’  When people do something outstanding, they STAND OUT and movies are made about their lives and give a reference that hope still exist.

As we close down 2016 and move to 2017,  start January 1st with an empty jar.  Each week add a note with something positive that happened to you each week.  On December 31,2017, open the jar and read these 52 notes you sent yourself.  Remind yourself that through everything that happened to you in 2017 (your personal plane crashes or internal rebellions) there is hope.  Have an outstanding 2017 and remember that all the MOMENTS in your life MATTER!

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.