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Find Strength Within

It can be frustrating to jump into something new, but you truly never know who you will meet and what path they will take you on next… Understand two things: you are capable of changing your life, and you are strong enough to have the courage to reach a goal and pursue a dream. If someone else is doing it, you can do it too. — Alexa Cucchiara, Power to Persevere

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The challenging moments we are faced are opportunities for us to try something new and break out of our comfort zones. We ultimately have nothing to lose. In my eyes, you only have something to gain.

For instance, before embarking on my book writing journey, I did not think that it was possible. I had never heard of anyone my age revealing both this much personal information and wisdom to the world in the form of literature. I thought I had to have had many more years of life experience to be where I am today like Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey.

Whenever I had these thoughts, I reminded myself that everyone’s journey is different and age does not justify experience. There are people my age who have gone through worse ordeals that I cannot relate to. And on the contrary, there are also those who have not been through any trauma at all.

In Power to Persevere, I talk about a few people who were able to break out of their comfort zones to create a new and extraordinary life:

  • Jay Shetty
  • Jack Wallace
  • Jack Witherspoon

Jay turned his experience as a monk into providing value to others in the corporate work space, Wallace turned his boating accident into a drive to learn sled hockey and win gold at Paralympic contests, and Witherspoon turned his passion for cooking when he was going through chemotherapy into a brand at the age of six.

The world is your oyster. You never know how the next chapter of your life will open up for you. Use your interests to ultimately help you persevere in life.

How will you step out of your comfort zone?

With love,

AC

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The First Step to Perseverance is Acceptance

If you are reading this right now, you are probably looking for hope. Perhaps you are in physical pain, or maybe you are emotionally distraught. You might be searching for a way out of your discomfort, or for a glimmer of light and hope. Maybe you feel discouraged and are afraid to try a new experience and need guidance, or perhaps you know someone else who is in desperate need of a reset and is using this book to help them. Before I found peace in what was weighing me down, I went through these same trials. — Alexa Cucchiara, Power to Persevere

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Sometimes we think that we are immune to everything and anything until that something hits you. Never in a million years did I think I would have been dealt with my battle, but I was tested and overcame it all by acceptance. This is one of the first themes I discuss in Power to Persevere. At first, I had a hard time accepting all that I was going through. It was not until a little over a year ago that I came to terms with my reality and became motivated to become vulnerable to make a change in the world. From the moment of my diagnosis, I knew that I was experiencing this heart-ache for a reason. I knew I was meant to use my experience to help other people. Funny enough, someone had mentioned to me a few weeks prior that the purpose of my life was meant to help others. How was I going to do that if I had not accepted what I went through?

The first step I took in this process was helping Melody Lomboy-Lowe and Gracelyn Bateman through Luna Peak Company’s cancer survivor book #ProjectInspireHope. I had a hard time deciding whether or not to participate in their initiative and have my face and story in a book, but then I reflected on my plans to help others through my battle. I took a leap of faith and thought if this was my last day on Earth, I would want to spend it by impacting someone else to help them live. After the photoshoot and interview, I felt like a light within me was ignited.

From this moment on, I was able to have the courage within me to then write a book. I am so happy I proceeded to do so because I have been encouraging and helping so many people just in the small amount of time.

  • Alexa, thank you for sharing your message.
  • Alexa, what you are doing is amazing.
  • Alexa, you have helped me so much already, and I have not even read your book yet.
  • Alexa, you are inspiring me to change my life.

This is not even a tenth of all of the messages I have received. I am humbled and grateful, but the only way I was able to impact others was through acceptance. I encourage you to come to terms with the battle you are given in order for others to follow. Recognizing your reality is a closer step to overcoming your pain.

I would love to hear what you have done after accepting one of your challenging moments.

With love,

AC

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How to Create a Positive Perspective

Changing the way you look at the obstacles and challenges you are faced with can play a key role in the way you live your everyday life. It will allow you to turn dark into light and sorrow into peace. It first comes down to perspective which is the attitude you adopt for a given circumstance. — Alexa Cucchiara, Power to Persevere

If you read my last post, you have learned that the first way to persevere is through acceptance. Once you accept, you have come to terms with reality. When you come to terms with reality, you can transform the way you perceive your circumstance. You now have the ability to positively shift your mindset.

In Chapter 3 of Power to Persevere, I discuss the importance of changing perspective. For any unfavorable thing that happened to me when I was going through chemotherapy, I trained myself to turn the negative experience into something positive. For example, one treatment the nurses could not access my port catheter although we spent hours preparing for infusion. I found out I had a blood clot and had to travel to a different location to get an injection to reverse it and then travel all the way back to my infusion center the next day. I was upset, but then used this as an opportunity to enjoy the rest of my day and spend my night eating one of my favorite meals, something that I would have not been able to do caused by excessive nausea I would have experienced after chemotherapy. I practiced these small shifts in perspective and now I can say that I automatically trained myself to take a negative experience to be positive.

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Larissa May, founder of #HalfTheStory, shared her story with me on how she did this as well. She used her experience with depression to create a community on social media.This then turned into a platform that connected thousands across the world. Today, @halfthestory has over twenty-five thousand followers and has been represented in over eighty countries. They are continuing their mission to allow others to look at both sides of someone’s story to ignite perspective and compassion. Instead of using social media as a way to celebrate success, the platform has been inspiring others to reveal their realities.

“Believe in yourself and do it. So, just have faith. I launch my rockets and hope they land somewhere among the stars.” — Larissa May.

Some ways you can shift your perspective is by making a pros and cons list. Grab a piece of paper and divide the sheet into two columns. On the left, write the pros, and the right, the cons. This will help you visually see the best- and worst-case scenarios and that the latter may be a list of silly excuses or simply unlikely possibilities.

Let me know what you put on our list.

With love,

AC

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10 Weeks to Perseverance

Within us, all of us, is the ability to shift the lens through which we interpret and experience our world. Regardless of individual circumstances, it is possible to strive for peace and serenity. We must come to terms with our circumstances and accept that the unexplainable and unfathomable battles we face are a constant test of our faith. In order to truly confront what we cannot control, we must also trust. Trust that the quality of the life we experience and our ongoing legacy is far more powerful than our pain. — Alexa Cucchiara, Power to Persevere

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In honor of my first book publication, Power to Persevere, I am creating a 10-week blog series filled with short excerpts from my work. Each week I will be revealing one of my top ten favorite ways I have and continue to persevere. The reason why I wrote Power to Persevere was to create a book I wish I had to read when I was going through my most challenging moment: beating cancer. This helped me discover tools we can use during dire circumstances to help us get out of a rut. We are all faced with a challenge, but it is the way that we face these confrontations that dictate the way we proceed to live.

These next ten weeks are going to be my little guide to help you conquer your battle and overcome any challenging moment that is presented to you. They helped me and I know they will help you too.

Stay tuned.

With love,

AC

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Email: alexacucc@gmail.com