Losing One Arm And Two-Thirds Of Her Blood Didn’t Stop Her From Being A Surfer Champion

What You Focus On Makes All The Difference

Claudia Brose
6 min readApr 5


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“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius — Roman Emperor, Philosopher

What do you focus your attention on when things go downhill when your circumstances have worsened, in your private life or at work?

Do you focus on what is missing now, what is not possible or not working (anymore)? Or do you focus your attention on what is (still) possible?

If you think I cannot do this, then this is what is going to happen. You program your mind that this thing, your idea, your effort, is not possible.

You are passionate about something, you believe in something and tell yourself, yes I can do that, then you find all the strength and possibilities to make it happen.

“Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford

Your mindset influences your behavior, including your attitudes towards challenges, ability to learn from mistakes, and willingness to take risks.

But also keep in mind that changing or working on your mindset goes hand in hand with “trying” and having experiences — because this is what makes it real to you.

Sounds like that usual talk about thinking positively! and you will make it!

The Seemingly Impossible Becomes Possible

But there are plenty of stories and research out there, confirming the connection between mindset, positive thinking, well-being, and reaching goals.

Here is a story that shows you that the seemingly impossible becomes possible with the right focus, mindset, and trying.

At age 13, Hawaiian surfer Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a shark attack while surfing in 2003. The passionate surfer lost two-thirds of her blood and her life and future as a surfer were on the line.

With her relentless optimism and absolute passion for surfing, she was back on the board 26 days after the accident, and 2 years later she won the National…



Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | #Self-Awareness #Lifestyle #Mindset | claudiabrose.com