There are six qualities needed to recover from a life-threatening injury or achieve career goals
Published in Macau Business magazine, August 2013
By André Ribeiro
If success is defined as getting what you want, how can you become successful? When you suffer a setback or face a challenge, how can you overcome it?
Take Gary Faris. Faris loved to run competitively. Several years ago, he was training for a race in California. The driver of a pickup truck failed to see him up ahead behind a rise in the road. The truck hit Faris, injuring him so severely that doctors were unsure if he would make it.
After the first two operations of what would turn out to be a series of six, the doctors said the reason Faris was still alive was because of his good physical condition. They also had bad news: he would never walk normally and certainly never run again.
For the next two years, Faris was in rehabilitation. He rebuilt his body. Eventually he returned to running competitively.
After the accident, Faris began studying sports injury rehabilitation. He researched the mental attributes of athletes that had come back from injury and concluded they had six positive mental qualities: inner motivation; commitment to high standards; patience to proceed step by step; focus on the present, with a view to the future; personal involvement; and the ability to be their own yardstick of their progress.
Six Elements Exercise
These qualities, Faris found, were applicable to any aspect of personal or professional life.
Use his understanding in your life, in your business or to respond to a challenge, and you will be more effective and get better results. When all six qualities are combined, they are like the spokes of a wheel – bearing the load as you roll towards success.
Note: The story of Gary Faris is told in the book NLP: The New Technology of Achievement, by Steve Andreas and Charles Faulkner
André Ribeiro is the founder of ExtraCoaching