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Designing Your Destiny


2014-0322 Brendon BurchardIn the following video, author and speaker Brendon Burchard talks about the importance of planning and maintaining a positive attitude in good times and bad. According to Burchard, there are three significant factors that enable us to succeed whether we are facing adversity or not. Success is much more likely if you commit to the following steps:


  • Decide who you want to be.
  • Design your day based on the person you want to be.
  • Plan for fate so when struggle, suffering, gifts, and blessing occur, you will continue to be the person you want to be.

Please watch the following video if you want to hear more about Burchard’s strategy.


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Thanks to Debra Faris for sharing Brendon Burchard’s story and video with me; Brendon Burchard for sharing his experiences and beliefs; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

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.

2 Responses to “Designing Your Destiny”

  • Esther says:

    Learning how to set goals and organize my time, focusing on my priorities reminding myself of all things I am grateful for, help me view life through a positive lens with optimism.

    • Scott says:

      Esther, remember to schedule your priorities after you define them. The schedule helps me avoid saying “I’ll do it” when I really don’t have enough spare time. Sometimes I schedule poorly and must stay up until well past my bed time to finish something I said I would do. Scheduling expertise takes time to develop, and even a perfect schedule may not help you achieve a goal on time. However, an imperfect schedule is considerably better than having no schedule.

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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.