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Will+Desire&Determination= Possibilities

By Steve Beseke, senior vice president, resiliency practice leader at think2perform –

A majority of us can function quite well when we are dealt aces and opportunities come knocking on our door. We have all had these moments and they feel wonderful. Our real fortitude, however, is tested in how we react to small or even overwhelming challenges.

I had a very special friend who was ultimately dealt a devastating hand in life. She was top in her class, a wonderful athlete and had looks that would take your breath away.

She was one of those extraordinary individuals you knew was going to succeed no matter what she decided to do.

Then, one day in junior high, she felt some stiffness in her body. Being that teenagers think they are immortal, she just dealt with the ongoing pain thinking it would go away. Later, however, the pain increased to where she was forced to see a doctor. She and her family thought the solution was taking some medication and possible short-term therapy.

Unfortunately, doctors told them the diagnosis was more involved – much more. She had a very rare degenerative muscle condition that had been dormant inside her since birth.

Doctors said she would not live past her 20s. Very happily, she proved them wrong. Her will and continuing desire to live allowed her to nearly see her 50th birthday before her body very sadly shut down a number of years ago. She has always been an absolute inspiration as I deal with on-going health issues centering around my life-long journey with Cerebral Palsy, a muscular challenge affecting walking and balance.

She was living proof that your true character is measured on how you react to challenges. You never saw a moment of regret in her face…only the love for others. She was one of those memorable individuals who make such a difference. One who comes along much too infrequently in our world.

I thought of her because I recently saw an inspiring article of a man with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), who was running marathons in all 50 states. Although he did this in 2011, he continues to inspire me with his athletic accomplishments despite mounting challenges. I thought I’d share a link showing his love of life. Check it out –

I don’t highlight his journey just for motivational purposes. His efforts remind all of us, despite our own individual challenges, that will and desire can usually overcome whatever comes our way. This type of desire is a key component in the decisions we make every day.

The next time you have a bump in the road, remember my dear friend’s inspirational determination to overcome and the terrific man’s accomplishments in the article I highlighted.

Here’s an easy way to think about it:


Let’s connect if you’d like me to talk with your company employees about applying life skills and strategic resilient strategies to make better decisions, or you/some you know would like personal coaching. My phone number and e-mail are: 651-341-9826,

Thanks and live life to the fullest!

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