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3 Steps In Choosing To Rise

“Shame was the reason I decided to describe myself as ‘blind’ versus ‘visually impaired’ because it was important for me to accept the word ‘blind’. Once I did this I was able to get a grip on my fear and move forward.”

Image description is in the body of the post.I’m not sure why I felt shame when I lost my eyesight but I think it was closely tied to my personal biases and lack of understanding where blindness was concerned. In walking through the process of sight loss and facing my shame/fear head-on I was able to move forward.

Do you Face Everything And Run? Or Face Everything And Rise? Fear can motivate or repress and your response is a matter of choice.

Choosing To Rise:

  • The first step is doing an honest self-assessment. Like following a map, unless you know yourself, you will get lost.
  • The next step is to set short and long-term goals. Goals should always be written, periodically reviewed, revised and once they are met, new ones should be set.
  • The third and final step is to stay the course. When you get derailed, get back on track and keep pursuing your dreams. Do not let anyone, tell you that you cannot succeed.

When it gets down to it the choice is up to you. You decide how to navigate your path to success.

Image: Abigail (Abby) is in the background of the text with her white cane and handbag.

Happy Monday Everyone!

15 thoughts on “3 Steps In Choosing To Rise

  1. I am so glad that you managed to ride the waves and rise x

  2. You are a very inspiring woman Steph…Honest about also having bad days, but fierce at the same time, just love your spirit!
    XxX

  3. Very powerful and motivational words Steph!

    Best,

    Carla

  4. Another great post. If I don’t believe in myself how can I expect you to believe in me?

  5. Unfortunately our culture seems to lead to this ideal we are supposed to have of perfection. Women and men acting in movies in other countries are considered handsome and beautiful no matter age or imperfections. OUR culture idolizes youth, perfect health, thin, white, etc. It is changing but slowly. Glad you found a way out of shame.

    1. Thank you Katelon. I agree with you and we do seem to be making slow progress but I think to some extent social media helps to keep the illusion of perfection alive.

  6. Happy Monday Steph! Couldn’t agree more, especially with the initial self-assessment. If you don’t know your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, etc. it makes the tasks ahead so much more difficult.

    1. Hey Bruce!!! How are you? I plan on making my rounds hopefully today.

      1. Doing well and hope you are also!

      2. I’m hanging in there Bruce. 🙂

  7. I think you are doing great for what it’s worth. Happy Monday to you. hope Mom is doing well.

    1. Hi Jim, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Mom is healthy although she can be difficult to manage because she’s so headstrong. Thank you for commenting on her status. I hope you are doing well and staying warm. We’ve had a heatwave the past few days but now we’re back on the downward trend where temps will be getting back to normal throughout today.

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