It’s true that on the surface, some people appear happier than others. It is a fact that everybody will face adversity in their life. But you need to remember to…
According to my definition, a person who can live day-to-day in an anxiety-ridden existence and refuse to give in is a true “warrior.” I clarify this distinction in my professional practice when people give me the honor to serve them and help them through the wrath that anxiety and fear burns within them. Yes, I view the people who let me serve them as the ‘true warriors’ in this game of life. These people—people just like you—have taken on the task and commitment to battle an invisible enemy that others cannot see. I dedicate my life to providing my insight and lifelong study to bolster them beyond their day-to-day struggle. I take great pride in seeing people transform their lives from mayhem into one melody.
Today, I still call myself “the comeback kid.” I don’t care if only one person’s life changes due to my words. I am the unsung hero who wants to inspire help those who look at their life as a failure. Being mentally ill is not the end; it is the getting back up the 101st time after you have suffered for the last 3 or 5 or 10 or 20 years. It is never too late to get back up and fight with all the might you have. I am living proof of that. I am the rising phoenix. You, too, can rise above the pit of anxiety you see yourself in. I challenge any individual to look to their right or left and not find a person who hasn’t suffered or been affected by depression or anxiety. But we never know because our inner masks never are revealed to the world; we live showing our outer mask.
For many people, it is easier to fall than to rise with the Phoenix. But that’s not you. Just the fact that you’re reading this proves it. How bad do you want to overcome and change your faith? You have no one but yourself. The phoenix lives within all of us. The comeback kid lives inside of you. You need to seek it out with all your courage, spirit, energy, and invincibility. Every night you must move toward lifting your head up a little bit no matter how severe the pain. The next might be a little easier or the same, but one day you will wake up and realize that the light has shone on you.
I am speaking to you not only on a professional level but also on a personal level. I know how painful and fruitless life can be when consumed with anxiety and fear. But I can testify that once I found my “why” it transformed my perspective on life and what it meant. Yes, it took years for my “why” to become a reality, but it still exists in me every day. The day that turned my life around was when I realized that my struggling was not in vain, but that the pain was necessary for me to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the power to reach outside myself and make a positive impact on others. When I instilled the belief that my struggling was just a mere part of my overall journey on this earth to conquer my anxiety and fear to serve others, I was reinvigorated and reinvented to battle more furiously and fiercely than I ever imagined. My mission is not to impress you but to impress upon you. No matter how grim and dark you may feel today, when you define your purpose (“why”) in life, the impossible conquering over your situation will shift from one of impossibility to unwilling strength to take the higher road and no longer accept living as a victim of your anxiety and fear.
Invest in your future today for a greater and bolder tomorrow. I challenge you to read and apply the path I will present before you so you will develop mental toughness and gain insight into life as you work through your problems and discover the deeper and more meaningful purpose of your life. Remember, your external situation forms your reality, but more important, by your internal perceptions of your life.
It’s time to claim your rightful place as a warrior and change your reality now.