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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

The most meaningful thing for me is my health. I grew up in a physical container that’s caused me a lot of pain and grief. I was born with a rare bone disorder that fractured my bones more than 200 times by the time I was 18.

When I was 19, I got tired of hearing from the medical community that I had to accept my pain and health problems as the way my life was and would always be. Instead, I took matters into my own hands. I radically changed my diet. I started exercising and lifting weights. And I changed my mindset about my body – I started believing that mentality creates reality.

I’m in phenomenal shape now. In the 11 years since that shift, I haven’t broken any bones. I got rid of horrible acne and back pain. I’ve also written four books, worked in the White House, and filmed a fitness video with Miss Fitness Universe, called No Excuses. My TV show, 3 Foot Giant, aired on A&E’s Biography channel. And I’m now completing my PhD in clinical hypnosis.

What’s helped me stay engaged with what’s most meaningful to me is setting myself up to win by putting myself in an environment where I have no choice but to win. I got my family to agree not to bring me foods that don’t support my body.  I set up a home gym in my bedroom and joined a gym at my office. I got a bunch of friends to agree to work out with me. I hired trainers. I did everything I could to make it so that when I woke up I knew exercise and eating healthy food was going to happen. I set things up so it became a habit. Then the habit became a ritual. Now it’s part of who I am.

My life is meaningful because I decided that everything stems from my vitality. If I don’t have it, I’m no good to the other things in my life, like my family, friends, spiritual connection, love life, or career. Rather than following a path of taking a lot of pain medication, withering away, and dying prematurely, which is what often happens to people with my condition, I decided to go a different route. I intuitively felt there was another, better way. There was.

– Sean Stephenson

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