Looking back at what it took to get my health where it is today, there were hundreds of moments when I almost gave up.
These were the times I was so sick, so weak and so tired… that I was ready to quit… ready to give up… ready to be done with all this…
But in those moments, when I was teetering on the edge, something always got me through the day… and the next day… and the next day. (Until things got a little better.)
Sometimes, it was watching my son sleep or my daughter’s deep blue eyes and her smile.
Other times, it took more.
Recently, a YouTube video shook me out of some personal stuff I was going through.
It was so powerful, I watched it 17 times in a row.
Something about it resonated not only with what I was going through at the time, but with something I’ve been wanting to write for you… but didn’t quite know how to say it.
About What it Takes to Overcome Chronic Illness
And with that in mind, I’m going to paraphrase some of the messages from the video and put them into the context I’ve been wanting to write for you.
I hope you enjoy it (and you can watch the original video I’m talking about at the bottom):
[Here’s the beginning of one guy’s humble, paraphrased Eric Thomas moment]
I’ve been reading your Facebook posts, your emails.
Some of you are like, “I can’t do this anymore guys. I can’t make it another day… I’m frustrated. I can’t take another setback.”
I’ve been reading that you’re tired. Some of you are scared. Some of you are hurt. I know. I’ve been there.
And I need you to do me a favor.
Don’t worry about the rest of this year.
Don’t worry about the rest of this month.
I’m not even interested in how you feel about tomorrow.
Do me one single favor…
Just Survive Today
I just need you to survive today.
I know you’re thinking “I can’t go through another day like this. I can’t handle it.”
Whatever your illness is… I want you to look at the sickness in your life and think, “I can beat this!”
“I’ve got kids to live for!”
“I’ve got a family to live for!”
“I’m not through yet!”
“My life isn’t over yet!”
I went from being sick as hell to where I am now, and the first thing I did was to say, “I can get through this.”
I outlasted it. I outlasted every single tear I shed on the toilet.
Some things in life, you just have to tell yourself, “I’m going to get through this.”
I wasn’t the strongest guy, but I made up in my mind, “I’m going to get through this.”
What was the one thing I did that most people aren’t willing to do? I just plain never gave up. I never quit.
Most people that fail give up.
It’s about making up your mind that you’re not going to give up – that you’re not going to quit.
Just because you’re not better yet doesn’t mean you’re a loser. Just because the last supplement you tried didn’t help doesn’t mean the next one won’t.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. It wasn’t easy for me. I had setbacks. I had hundreds of days I wanted to give up.
But what I want you to know is this: you can get through anything, if you tell yourself, “I am a survivor.”
If You’re Reading this Right Now, I Know You’re Not a Quitter
You’re a survivor. I KNOW YOU’RE A SURVIVOR.
So please… just survive today.
And know this: if you were going to give up, you would’ve gave up a long time ago. You would have quit years ago. But you’ve come this far. You’ve worked SO HARD. You’ve already put in the blood, sweat, and tears to get to this point.
Get something out of it!
Don’t give up and don’t give in… and there’s absolutely nothing you can’t overcome. (Even your “impossible” illness.)
[Here’s the end of one guy’s humble, paraphrased Eric Thomas moment]
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P.S. – Below is the original Eric Thomas video I graciously paraphrased in this post. Steve and I have been watching his videos for a few years… but this one broke me down into tears and shifted something in me. Please watch it, as it carries the original emotion only ET can inspire (and I only touched on with my humble paraphrasing):