Posted by: sistermom1 | February 10, 2013

Lessons from Daddy — Ten Core Beliefs

I have been doing a lot of thinking about my father in the last few weeks. He left our physical plane in July of 2005, but I still feel him with us every day. I wrote earlier about finding a list that he shared with us back in Christmas of 1991. I had planned to share these one at a time, but now need to share all of them with the readers of this blog, because I have found them to be true, and very helpful to me at this point in my life. He called them Ten Core Beliefs:

1. Winners are not born, they are made.
2. The dominant force in your existence is the way you think.
3. You can create your own reality.
4. There is some benefit to be had from every adversity.
5. Each one of your beliefs is a choice.
6. You are never defeated until you accept defeat as a reality and stop trying.
7. The only real limitations on what you can accomplish are those that you impose upon yourself.
8. You already possess the ability to excel in at least one key area of your life.
9. There can be no great success without great committment.
10. You need the support and cooperation of other people to achieve any worthwhile goal.

I found these at what I believe is a critical moment in my life. Living true to myself now that so much has changed in my life — that my physical life — at least at this moment — is so very different than I ever expected it to be. That my own expectations of myself have been so dramatically addressed/faced/changed through the crucible of this experience of being diagnosed with MS and becoming wheelchair-bound. I share them because I have learned so much from my father and so much more from these words than I ever hoped to learn. They have encouraged me and many of my good friends. I use them when trying to inspire my children and their friends.

They are rich with possibility — as I write this, I am finding that perhaps they are even the titles of each chapter of the book I am in the midst of writing.



  1. That is a powerful list, and to have had someone like that in your life, someone capable of inculcating such wisdom, has already put you ahead in the game we call life.

  2. Inspiring words. Thanks for sharing.

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