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Sharon Hulce: The power of the mind is unlimited

5:53 PM, May 8, 2013  |  Comments

I remember telling my father before he died that he'd gotten a lot smarter as I got older. Of course he loved this, but it was true. The older we get, the deeper our awareness in life.

Recently, I had many events occur that made me realize that the brain is truly the most important organ in our system and, without nurturing and belief, all is lost.

While many may argue that, without the heart, there is no life, I would challenge that the same is true of an active mind.

How many of you know friends or colleagues who were highly engaged in a career and died shortly after retirement? They forgot that the key to a long life is lifelong learning.

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Many an accomplishment is achieved through sheer belief and attitude. I just came back from a conference where our guest speaker was Kurt Warner, the former quarterback who won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams. He has an amazing story about belief.

Warner was pretty much done with his football career. He had been passed over by everyone and was bagging groceries at the local supermarket to earn money. While everyone around Warner thought his sports career was over, he never lost his belief that he would make it big in the NFL.

Unwavering perseverance and a passionate belief that he was great at the game opened opportunities for him to realize his dreams. But what would have happened had he stopped believing?

We also have our own local celebrity who continues to amaze me with the power of her mind. Joyce Bytof was told six years ago this December that she had six months to live. She decided that day she would live with cancer, not die from it.

She took on her treatment like any other business challenge and everyone who knows her believes this determination and positive attitude is why she's still with us six years later. She's a role model for certain on the power of positive thinking.

So as I write this, I think about all the things I've told myself I can't do, won't do or shouldn't do. The reality is, unless it's illegal, there really isn't much that can't be accomplished with the right desire, passion and belief.

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the excuses. I want to look back on life and have built a legacy - one that starts today.

Want to join me?

- Sharon Hulce is an Appleton resident and a Post-Crescent Community Columnist. She can be reached at pcletters@postcrescent.com

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