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A Broken Body Isn’t A Broken Person

Broken Body ClownThere are two types of communication: internal and external. Internal communication is generally considered to be either self-reflection or thoughts about the external world. External communication indicates an idea that is written, spoken, and/or expressed through body language. This post presents an example of how the combination of internal and external communication can greatly improve the recovery process.

What we see in the following 19-minute video is a fantastic example of how the combination of internal thoughts and external communication can transform a broken body into a happy life. Some people use the statement that “things will never be the same” as their justification for isolation, unemployment, and depresion. Other people use the same statement as motivation to reinvent themselves and determine what they are capable of doing.

Questions

  • How do you eliminate Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs)?
  • How do you communicate your needs when the people around you have different thoughts about your needs?
  • How do you communicate your abilities when other people doubt your abilities?
  • What are the benefits of using written communication rather than verbal or body language when setting goals?
  • What are the benefits of using written communication rather than internal thoughts when setting goals?

Thanks to Janine ShepherdTED Talks, YouTube and all the other people who either directly or indirectly contributed to the picture and video I used in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

6 Responses to “A Broken Body Isn’t A Broken Person”

  • Thomas ragone says:

    Loved this one Scott. And I love those TED videos. I’ve recently become quite fond of them.

    • Scott says:

      Thomas, thanks for the feedback. I like the TED videos too. The speakers are usually very informed and dynamic; their topics are usually very interesting. Most importantly, the topics are relevant to many situations.

  • David says:

    I so admire Janine. She is a perfect example of a fighter, warrior and hero. We should all be like her.

    • Scott says:

      David, Janine is an excellent role model for recovery, but let’s not forget that all people who suffer from brain injury or other types of adversity can be great role models. If I had an unlimited amount of time, I would share every story of success. Thank you for spending your time reading the post, watching the video, and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate your input.

  • Elle says:

    Love this – and she’s an Aussie!

    • Scott says:

      Elle, thanks for taking the time to read the post and comment on it. If there are any topics you would like me to address, please let me know. If I feel qualified to write on the subject, I will do so. If I do not feel comfortable writing about the subject, I will let you know.


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**** About The Author ****

During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.