In August 2015 I wrote and published the article, Moving Beyond a Survivor Mindset to Excel in Life. Today, I wanted to share a video presentation of the article, but I realized that I did not have a video presentation of the article.
Consequently, to share the information with individuals who learn through watching and listening, I decided to create a video presentation of the article.
To listen to and watch a video presentation of this article, you may click on this link: Moving Beyond a Survivor Mindset to Excel in Life Video Presentation
To read the complete article from which this video presentation is made, you may click on this link: Moving Beyond a Survivor Mindset to Excel in Life
Below is a Brief Excerpt from the Article
“In my article, Moving from bitter to Better in Life is a Choice I spoke to how I reached a place in my life that I no longer wanted to merely be a survivor, tossed about by my reactions to people, places, and things.” In today’s article, I would like to speak to what I discovered that led me to no longer wanting to be merely a “survivor”. The decision that motivated me to examine the mindset of a “survivor”. The mindset that led me to believe that I was somehow limited because of the adversity that I experienced in my life that resulted in my being a “survivor”.
Let me explain:
Let me first share with you that I understand what it is like being a survivor. I sustained a severe traumatic brain injury when I was 10 years old. I am now 58 years old. What I learned as a survivor is that often the designation comes with a label and a stigmatization. The label and stigmatization are frequently bolstered by secondary dependencies and secondary gains. The label and stigmatization that leads the individual to believe that they are the identity of the survivor, with the trimmings of the assumed limitations; assigned by the stigmatization.
Being a survivor can subsequently be worn as a kind of badge of courage. The badge can lead the individual to stay focused on the assumed limitations provided by the identification purported by the stigmatization. With ongoing reinforcement, the “survivor” may find themselves being relegated to a “box” that seeks to discredit their significance beyond the “box” that accompanies the label and the stigmatization. Being a “survivor” can then find the individual in a place where they devalue both themselves and their significance. In response, I am creating a video presentation of the article.
The mindset that, in practice; can lead the individual to stay focused on their being a “survivor”. The mindset of being a survivor can lead the individual to focus on the limitations that being a survivor communicates to the individual. The mindset can serve to diminish the individual’s sense of worth and value. The mindset that seduces the individual into believing that they are a victim of the adversity, that has befallen them. The mindset that leads the individual to believe that their choices are limited. That they are prisoners in their own skin.”
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