5 Keys to Living an Extraordinary Life – Part 1
How would you cope with losing both legs?
I was privileged to be in an audience listening to Damien Thomlinson share his story.
An Australian SAS commander deployed to Afghanistan when as he was driving his vehicle, along
with his small team/regiment, there was an almighty blast.
I’ll share his story with you over the next few emails where I want to share with you 5 KEY
beliefs/character traits he told me about that are the reason he is where he is today.
Not always a sharp soldier, Damien said of himself that he was a sharp mouthed, self centred, self
focused young man.
As choices define our destiny, his joining the armed services taught him 5 valuable lessons as he
faced an unbelievable mountain, I hope you and I never have to face.
I have to ask myself : Do I have what it takes? Do I have an undying belief in myself that all things will
turn out well if I keep my thinking right?
I ask you those questions too.
What mountains are you facing that may seem impossible to climb?
What are your greatest challenges?
You have to find the answers to these questions, and I believe the following 5 keys will help you
become the champion Damien was before his vehicle exploded, that has given him the strength to
become the person he is today.
The explosion wasn’t expected. It was a shallow mine that the wheel of the car hit, causing horrific
damage to Damien’s body.
His nose was ripped from his face, both arms and hands with massive injuries and missing 2 legs.
His “team of soldiers” were there, struggling to keep him alive until help came.
KEY 1 – Team not Self.
For so many of his earlier years Damien was self focused.
Through his training he learnt how important it was to have someone looking after your back.
Someone who had your interests at heart.
The one who has eyes when you aren’t looking, and ears when you can’t hear.
Someone you can trust.
Self interests destroy.
Team makes the difference when you are going through the battle of your life.
Someone who has your interests at heart.
A team player, one who is always there for you, and you for them.
I have friends like that, and I’m also that friend.
I know you are too.
Taken to hospital, Damien’s face had to be reconstructed and his nose rebuilt.
Bandaged an in pain he was told it would take him at least 12mths before he could get his prosthetic
legs and learn to walk again.
He learnt his SAS ‘team’ were coming back home to Australia.
He was determined to be at the airport to welcome them home.
This was 6 weeks after the explosion.
Key 2: Toughness not fitness.
As much as being fit is great for our health and not to be downplayed, someone who can life 200lbs
is not a match to someone who is physically and mentally tough.
All sportsmen know that winning is all above the neck.
6 weeks after his injury, Damien was at the airport with the use of his ‘metal’ legs.
He wanted to welcome them home and thank his team for being there for him.
How important is that in your life.
When you have come to the end of what seems possible, to pull from something so deep down
inside to press through the barrier in front of you.
You know what I mean.
I’ve been there too. It’s easy to throw the towel in and say it’s just too hard.
Mental toughness is there if you choose to build it into your life.
There are 3 more Keys Damien taught me.
Can’t wait to share them with you.
Look out for Part 2
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