Life is not a fairy tale where you get to sleep in a bed made of roses each night. At least this is not the case for Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker that has changed the lives of millions of people who find themselves lost in this world.
Nick, was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder that is characterised by the absence of all four limbs. You can imagine the severity of his condition even without looking at him. Yet, the moment Nick starts to talk, you immediately forget that there is something wrong with him.
He struggled a lot during his early years, but latter he found meaning in his life and decided to help others become more happy and successful.
That said, let me share with you 4 of the many lessons Nick has taught many with his many seminars and speeches.
1. Have a strong faith in your actions
I get it, I really do. Life can be really stressing, specially when things don’t go our way. This constant fear of not knowing what is going to happen is the greatest stressor in our lives. When we are frighten, we unconsciously affect the outcome that we are trying to produce for ourselves. “The more we worry about the future the worse the future gets”
What Nick taught me is that we should have faith in the things we do. We should not be worried about the results before the action sees the light of completion.
What is supposed to come in the future will come when it’s time, nor sooner not later. Therefore, be in the present, live each moment and experience the goodness that lies in the now.
2. Do not let shortcomings define who you are
Shit will happen, that inevitable, just don’t let it affect you in a personal level. Don’t let your failures define who you are. I often see family and friends who let circumstances define how they think of themselves. They become limited on what they can do. Making excuses of why they can’t do this or that blaming everything and everyone. One way or the other, we define ourselves on the basis of how we deal with the shortcomings presented in our paths. So never let anything define what you can and cant do. Specially not after seeing all the amazing things Nick can do with no legs and arms.
3. Practice Gratitude
More often than we actually realize, we are more concerned about the things that we don’t have rather than the ones we do have. We worry so much about the clothes we are not wearing or the cars we are not driving that we forget how bless we actually are. If you don’t live in a third country. Trust me. You are bless.
Not only does Nick talks about being grateful. Tony Robbins spends 10 minutes or more each day to recall all the things in his life which he is grateful for. He says doing this every morning set him up for success each day.
4. Find good friends that will help you in your journey
Lets be honest. Life is a roller coaster. You go up and down and all around in a matter of days. One day you are the most happy person resting your whole body in cloud 9, just to be awoken in the pitch of hell. Don’t get me wrong. I love life. Its beautiful and limitless. But some days you just want to be in another place. Anything could happen at anytime and because of that you really need good friends to push you forward. To motivate you and lift you up.
Surround yourself with good friend and life will be an easy pill to swallow. Remember to be always be yourself around people, that way the friends that you do make, will like you for who you truly are.
I leave you with this words from Nick that I really like
Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude. Nick Vujicic
Chose to be grateful and chose to be happy. Whats the alternative?