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Create your own fate like this survivor

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At age 31, Valerie Greene survived a massive stroke that paralyzed one side of her body and left her unable to speak. Doctors said she might never walk or talk again. Today, she’s a national speaker, helping others overcome their obstacles.

You can overcome the bumps in the road, too, says Greene. Whether it’s surviving a job loss, a divorce or a negative health diagnosis, Greene advises not buying into the “war stories” you may have heard before. You can decide what you want your outcome to be. Here’s how:

Act like a courtroom judge. “When the judge hears someone on the stand say something that’s pure conjecture during testimony,” Greene says, “she tells the stenographer to ‘strike that statement from the record,’ and then tells the jurors to ‘disregard what the witness just said.’ You need to do the same thing.”

When you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, cancel that statement. Give yourself the same power you grant everyone else: the power to influence your thoughts and create your outcome.


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