Friday, October 30, 2015

Support progressivity

“Progressive and increasing support is necessary for an individual to attain the most complete recovery possible.” - Unknown

The nature of a Recovery from a brain injury is not universal amongst survivors. Each and every survivor needs to take into account the nature of his/her personality and how they can obtain the best results. A gifted clinician is one who learns as much as possible regarding the patient. Progressivity is a beautiful thing in relation to any sort of a recovery. There always several facets to any sort of a recovery. A brain injury may lead to many changes throughout the daily lives of survivors. The level of recovery is greatly influenced by the proactivity of the survivor. Survivors in my opinion are the best givers of advice to others. A person who has been through much of the recovery his or her self is better able to give valuable and real world advice to others. Support must come throughout the entirety of an individual’s recovery. Every person is different but others have to realize that much of the recovery is dependent on the amount of drive and determination that an individual has. I am continually a large proponent of people who have sustained injuries helping to encourage others. Early in a recovery the individual may be unable to cognitively understand what is required of them to attain the most complete recovery possible. Supportive family and supportive medical staff can be instrumental to ensure that survivor is always given the best chance at the most complete recovery possible.

Survivors can be encouraged by their loved ones and family as they attempt to move forward in his/her life. In my opinion I utilized the increasing supports that were provided to me later in my recovery. Certain aspects of life are forever different and it is incredibly important for an individual to realize that they are not alone. Recovery from a brain injury can take many different avenues and it is important that a survivor be supported along the way. I am forever grateful to my family and team of supporters who have helped me along the way. I am forever indebted to them and remind myself of how fortunate that I have been. I would love to hear any comments that you may have and I thank you for reading.

~Noelle

Friday, October 23, 2015

The temporality of failure

“Sometimes just reminding yourself of the temporality of failure enables you to forge ahead.” Jayson Demers

Jayson Demers encourages people to not be disheartened or put off by failure. Failure is natural and it is not all encompassing. Everyone will be touched by failure. Achievers set themselves apart by not allowing themselves to be entirely disheartened by momentary failure. It is crucial to always remind yourself of the temporary nature of a disappointment and an unsuccessful attempt. People need to always practice self-talk and not allow them to be defeated by a momentary set back. There will always be minor failures just as there will always be minor achievements. Sometimes people do not allow themselves to celebrate that which they achieve daily. Waking in the morning, bathing and getting dressed for the day is quite an achievement for many people. Often times people take for granted the achievements that we have a tendency to not think about.

Reminding yourself of the awesome accomplishments that we achieve each day is incredibly important to maintain your enthusiasm and maintain the forward momentum that allows us to continue onward each and every day. I have found that by volunteering with children you can help to ensure that you always keep a sense of what is truly important in life. Any minute failures in life can seemingly be diminished to the point of none importance by surrounding yourself with the goodness of children. Many times when I have found myself getting out of balance with what is important in life I have always re-centered myself by surrounding myself with children or animals. Any failure is indeed temporary. It is extremely important to maintain concept of that fact.

A person always needs to maintain forward momentum; especially when proceeding forward after a brain injury. There will certainly be many unsuccessful attempts but an individual has to not consider them final in nature. I am familiar with many brain injury survivors and I know that many if not all of them have had minor disappointments along the way. Therapists and family members have helped them to voice their thoughts and emotions and move even in the face of failure. Failure is not final rather it is a portion of life. There will always be setbacks, but a person has to not be disheartened by them. I would love to read any thoughts that you may have and I thank you for reading.

~Noelle

Friday, October 9, 2015

Create a vision, don't sway based on others

“Create a vision and never let the environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions.” Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins helps instill in individuals that each person can make his or her own path. Each person has to make a conscious decision to proceed forward in whichever way that they are motivated. Motivation is the key that a person has to have. Tony Robbins arrives at hallmark statements that a person can repeat to his/herself daily. A person cannot allow him/herself to be swayed by an outward influence that they encounter. A focused decision should not be too broad. A broad goal or decision I have found to be extremely difficult to pursue. Many people suggest setting a relatively small goal so as to not lose sight of where your goals are. A goal can always be expanded, but it is far more difficult to narrow the scope of the goal once a person has set his/her sights on a vaster objective.

Every day can serve as a platform for a new goal. Tony Robbins helps to convey that a person’s motivation need not be determined by their environment. A survivor of a brain injury in many cases has to tread his/her own path through much of life’s challenges. A vision must not be entirely abandoned based solely on the influence of other people. It is instrumental that a person holds on to the influence that he/she has on life. Life is certainly different to every person but it must not be forgotten that individuals have the final control over how their lives will proceed. I would love to hear who has taken time to decipher how they are going to proceed. After a brain injury, life plans take a bit longer to decipher. It is important to remember that even though some things may take longer for a person who has sustained a brain injury, often times they are done with far more care. Much of life after a brain injury is about the effort put forth. A person will be recognized for the effort that he/she puts forth. It is important that survivors put forth an effort and not abandon his/her vision simply because of what others have done. I would love to hear any responses that you may have. As always I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Monday, October 5, 2015

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford encourages us all to not be defeated. We have the choice to always choose something different then our status quo. A person who is in recovery from a brain injury will have many unsuccessful attempts at things along the way. I recently have begun reading as much as I can in regards to my state of mind. For myself I found it far easier to continue to push when there were concrete things to attain. The difficulty that I face now is that much of what I have attained is indeed far different than I was prior. I need to always remind myself that every attempt that I make will never result in a failure. I may have numerous unsuccessful attempts but a person chooses a failure by Mary Pickford’s definition. An individual must attempt to remain motivated. An individual who is attempting to remain motivated is far more likely to continue to proactively press on with his/her recovery. Every person will approach rehabilitation and recovery differently. It is important not to get stuck in your everyday routine. A person should never allow his/her self to be disheartened by a momentary "failure." As long as an unsuccessful attempt is seen as just that an individual should feel motivated to continue attempting continuously. Remaining in the moment will always help to direct an individual to remain in the moment. The state of mind of a survivor must always be groomed to help him/her remain on target as to the best way to attempt and approach the recovery at hand. I greatly encourage every survivor who I meet to take part in as much of their recovery as they can. I always try to convey that indeed there will be numerous unsuccessful attempts but they cannot be viewed in any other way. Survivors cannot view their unsuccessful attempts as failures. Failures are permanent and a survivor should desperately try not to envision their unsuccessful attempts as such. I would appreciate any reflections that you may have in regards to any unsuccessful attempts that you may have had.

~Noelle