4 Ways to Fear Nothing & Attack Everything
There are certain times throughout our lives in which we are reminded of both the brilliance and brevity of life. The reminders, some positive, others heartbreaking, come from personal experiences or stories. These reminders help add perspective which helps us appreciate life itself even more.
As a young NFL player, Chiefs Strong Safety Eric Berry’s career could not have gotten off to a better start. He started all 16 games as a rookie, and was named NFL All-Pro in two of his first three seasons. Berry was developing into a star player.
However, everything changed in Berry’s 4th season. Late in the year he began to experience discomfort in his chest.
Berry visited the doctor for further testing and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. He missed the remainder of the 2014 season battling through 6 rounds of chemotherapy.
247 days later, in June of 2015, Berry was cancer free. He roared back onto the field later that year and was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
Asked how he was able to come back so strongly, Berry responded, “Fear nothing — Attack everything.”
Berry’s story is truly incredible. There are principles we can all learn from how Berry tackled the challenge of a lifetime.
4 Ways You Can Fear Nothing & Attack Everything
- Attack Problems Head On: Obstacles will always arise, but like Berry, we can choose to tackle our greatest challenges with incredible determination. When we attack fear itself, the fear slowly begins to subside.
- The Challenge is Within: As Berry said of his cancer fight, “You’re battling yourself the whole time. It was really a battle of me versus me.” The toughest opponent will always be yourself.
- Set Small Daily Goals: Berry’s diagnosis was too great a challenge to overtake in a short time. “It was to the point where I had to set goals,” said Berry, “Today I’m going to make sure I get out of the bed.” He would eventually build to 5 pushups and then later he began to work out in-between his chemo sessions.
- Keep a Positive Mindset: Positive energy always counter acts negativity. Berry talked of his mom’s positivity during his fight, “She printed out notes and put them in frames around the house. Basically saying if you come in, don’t come in with any negative energy.”
We can take steps forward on our greatest challenges by applying these principles employed by Eric Berry during his triumph over cancer. We can learn to Fear Nothing & Attack Everything.
Until next week, thanks for reading.
Keep Chipping Away at your Greatness
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