How to Overcome Trauma and Celebrate Small Victories
In 2004, tennis star James Blake slid into a net post and fractured his spine. Six weeks later, his father died from stomach cancer. During those six weeks, Blake was home with his father and said everything he wanted to say. Had he not been injured, Blake would not have had that time with his father. Shortly thereafter, Blake got a case of shingles which affected his eyesight, hearing, and facial movement. He could barely make contact with a tennis ball, but he spent that time making small goals for himself. The next year, Blake made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, showing that simply setting small goals can ultimately lead to personal triumph.