The Game Plan.  As many of you already know, I am a diehard sports’ enthusiast.  I played football, basketball, and baseball while I was on my feet and have played wheelchair basketball, tennis, and swimming since becoming paralyzed.  I would never be where I am today had it not been for the self-discipline taught me when I was a teenager and still continues to teach me today.  Now, with this NEXT STEP in my life, I need to have a Game Plan established to build a bridge between where I am today and my Desired Outcome that I discussed in my last blog entry.  Too many times we have a Desired Outcome and even a belief that we can get there, but the Game Plan is missing.  This is the strategy, the methodology, the means by which we are going to go after our goal on a daily basis.  This is where Taking Action, that I will discuss more in a later entry, takes place.  Some may say, and certainly I do, that the Game Plan is the most important step or steps in creating your Desired Outcome and sometimes going beyond our wildest dreams.

So as of today, my Game Plan to regain movement and regular sensation in my entire body, my Desired Outcome, is to first commit to an assisted-walking program.  I got the phone call last week, inviting me to participate in a program over at Kessler and I jumped at the opportunity.  I have committed to at least two days a week for now, and will do whatever it takes to maintain this routine.  The second part of the plan is to Visualize my Desired Outcome on a daily basis, even repeatedly if possible.  I will discuss the power of visualization in greater detail in a later blog entry, but for now, all you need to know it is about closing your eyes and seeing your Desired Outcome realized, turning into a reality.  Every morning and every evening, I am spending just a few moments, visualizing myself on my feet, walking along the beach with my wife and two kids.  Sometimes I visualize myself back on the basketball court, faking left and driving right to the basket.  It is so powerful that I really believe that I can open my eyes and be right in these wonderful moments I am creating through the visualizations.

The next part of the plan is to really watch my diet and make sure that I am giving my body all the proper nutrients it needs, almost as if I were a car and filling my car up with gasoline when it is needed.  I will elaborate more on this diet shortly, but each and every one of you reading this KNOWS what is good for your body and what is not so good for your body.  Yes, I believe in eating and drinking everything in moderation, but all too often we all have a tendency to over indulge ourselves too often and take ourselves off course of our Desired Outcome.  This is where this self-discipline comes into play.  In addition to my assisted-walking program commitment, I am committed to a daily work-out program at my home that is making my body as strong as possible.  Lastly, I have made sure that I have the best support system in place…family, friends, colleagues, etc. to lean on me when I get a little complacent, challenge me when I am not giving my best effort, and also helping me to acknowledge myself for the little and big achievements along the way. The Game Plan has been launched that I am hopeful will lead to a series of victories and lessons in any defeats.

Today’s Action Step:  Ask yourself, “What is my GAME PLAN that I need to execute to create my DESIRED OUTCOME?”

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