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Tourette Syndrome Talk - Belief

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Tourette Syndrome Talk - Belief

“The things we believe about ourselves always prove to be true.”

That statement, from my program #DOTHEIMPOSSIBLE, can be hard to understand. After all, it would be very easy to debate the point. I guess that’s why I felt it was necessary to provide examples from my life after I made the statement.

For today’s #TouretteTalk I’ve decided to share a short video clip from my talk about why, and how, what we believe can define the way we see ourselves, the actions we take - virtually everything in our lives…

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Tourette Syndrome Talk - Embrace Adversity

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Tourette Syndrome Talk - Embrace Adversity

Yesterday was Independence Day here in the United States of America. Every year, on July 4th, we celebrate the brave, monumental feat that we accomplished 243 years ago - fighting for and claiming our independence.

Our founding fathers fought for freedom. They fought for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble - all sorts of freedoms they believed were God-given rights. The fought for their freedom against a country they didn’t believe represented them. Talk about high-achievers!

On a seemingly unrelated note, exercise and physical fitness is my hobby. I enjoy going to the gym virtually every day. And for as long as I have been going to the Gold’s Gym in my area I have seen one man in there consistently who has impressed and inspired me.

This man is in the gym all the time. I can count on seeing him at least several times a week. I think it would be safe to say that physical fitness is a lifestyle for him, too. The big difference between him and me (besides the fact that he is in better shape and is more impressive looking than me) is that he wheels his wheel-chair around the gym as he moves from machine to machine getting in a solid workout…

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#MotivationMonday - Staying Focused and Positive

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#MotivationMonday - Staying Focused and Positive

Good Morning. It’s Monday and there are things to do. So, let’s tackle #MotivationMonday.

Today’s main question is…

  • How do you stay so focused and positive all the time?

Long story short…I’m not always positive. I deal with frustration, doubt, and sadness, just like you do.

However, when I wake up in the morning, I choose to be positive. I look around at the world and choose gratitude and thankfulness to be alive.

You know, every day is a new day, and with it, brings new challenges and adventures. I choose to be thankful to see what opportunities will present themselves to me.

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#MotivationMonday - Ignore or Acknowledge Your Challenge?

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#MotivationMonday - Ignore or Acknowledge Your Challenge?

It’s a glorious Monday here in Nashville, TN this morning. I hope it is where you are, too.

In today’s #MotivationMonday video, I tackle two questions…

  • To overcome a challenge, should you ignore it or acknowledge it?

  • How do you keep your challenge from defining you?

As far as ignoring or acknowledging the challenge that you are dealing with…that is a very personal decision. Both answers are right.

I have ignored my Tourette Syndrome and I have also acknowledged it. And at different times in my life, both of those choices were right for me.

When I was getting established as an entertainer, I didn’t…

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#MotivationMonday - Labels

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#MotivationMonday - Labels

Happy Monday Morning! In today’s #MotivationMonday I tackle two questions submitted by viewers…

  • How can I keep from falling under the labels people put on me?

  • How can I keep a positive attitude?

Confession: I hate labels. And for the most part, I can’t stand critics either.

People who critique you and try to label you and me are trying to influence the way we see ourselves. When you accept a label as true, you are limiting yourself to whatever you believe that label means. You are allowing someone else to define you. You are handing over your power to someone else. (Just typing those words makes me sick.)

You see, I believe that you and I have almost limitless possibilities. We can live our lives creating ourselves any way we choose. The moment we accept a label, however, we become limited by what we think that label means.

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#MotivationMonday - Creating Burning Desire

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#MotivationMonday - Creating Burning Desire

I know what you’re thinking, ”Motivation Monday…on a Tuesday?”

Since we celebrated Memorial Day here in the States yesterday and pretty much no one was trying to get anything done, I thought it would be a better idea to help you kick-start your week by sharing #MotivationMonday today.

Today we explore two questions…

  1. How do you create the burning desire to succeed every day?

  2. Can I do this without most people noticing I have other challenges?

As far as creating the burning desire to succeed…

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Own It

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Own It

I’ve written in my book and on this blog before about being embarrassed by the tics from my Tourette Syndrome. I think the unwanted attention that movement and vocal tics draw from others are what adds insult to injury. Think of it like this…I already can’t control some of my movements or vocalizations, and now someone wants to point at me and laugh because of them.

But I don’t bring this up because I want to discuss that it’s not fair to have Tourette Syndrome. I’ve already made the point (in another #TouretteTalk article) that life isn’t fair. Besides, thinking about how unfair it is to have Tourette Syndrome (or any other difficult disorder, illness, malady, etc.) puts me in a mindset of feeling like a victim. And let me tell you something…

I am not a victim. Nor will I allow myself to think that way.

You see I firmly believe that…

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#MotivationMonday - Will This Make Me Stronger?

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#MotivationMonday - Will This Make Me Stronger?

Hey There and Happy Monday! In today’s #MotivationMonday I take on two interesting questions…

  • Will facing my challenges make me stronger in the future?

  • Will I be able to handle things better as the challenges come along?

A few thoughts on these questions…

No matter what challenge you are dealing with, you have the opportunity to allow the challenge define you, or you can choose to define yourself. Don’t ever let the challenge define you. You are much more than the difficulties that you may deal with in this life.

Momentum is one of my favorite things. I believe the power of momentum…

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Don't Miss the Forest

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Don't Miss the Forest

I’m wrapping up the Introduction from my book “You Can Do the Impossible, Too!” in today’s #TouretteTalk. Just sharing these blog articles over the last few weeks has helped me gain a new perspective on living with Tourette Syndrome and any other “impossible challenge” that you and I may be dealing with.

As you read the book excerpt below, please keep in mind the simple idea of “missing the forest because of the trees.” It’s very easy to get caught up in the things that are right in front of you, including the immense difficulties that you may be dealing with. When someone makes fun of you and hurts your feelings, I want you to remember that this too shall pass.

I know how difficult it can be to live with uncontrollable tics. I know how easy it is to get lost in self-defeating inner-talk. I know how depressing it can be to not see any end in sight to your pain and frustration.

I honestly don’t have an answer that will make magically cure you. What I can offer you is this…I type these words today thinking of you. I am standing firmly in your corner cheering loudly as you live the adventure of life.

I may not know you personally, but…

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#MotivationMonday - How to get motivated to get started

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#MotivationMonday - How to get motivated to get started

Hey There! It’s Monday morning and it’s time for some #MotivationMonday!

In today’s video I share my thoughts on a question that was submitted from a friend. The inquirer asked, “How do I get motivated so I can ‘make a move’ and get started.”

As I thought about how to answer this question, I realized that when we are inspired by an idea we often get an initial burst of energy. The key to getting past the inspiration and actually turning an idea into reality comes in what you do next.

In today’s video I discuss…

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