Overcome Adversity by Making Every Day Count

Recently, I read a quote from Dottie Lamm, Colorado’s former First Lady and a breast cancer survivor. Lamm says,

“There’s something that happens to people who have a life-threatening illness that makes them want to make every day count. I put more effort into whatever I’m doing.

Speaking from experience, I agree that what we want is for every day to count. How we show up is as unique as each one of us is.

Overcome Adversity by Making Every Day Count

“It is my time and I make the conscious choice to be successful.”

 a mantra that reminds Amber Ludwig, owner of NGNG Enterprises, to make every day count.

Making Every Day Count and a…
Conscious Choice to Be Successful

So, we have a couple of things here: making every day count, and a conscious choice to be successful.  Are they related?  Here is how I see them both.

Shortly after my cerebral hemorrhage, success was making dinner for my family and all of us sitting at the dinner table together.  It was getting out of bed in the morning and taking my children to school, and caring for my youngest, who was less than a year old at the time. I was able to do those things.

I was able to be here with my family. This is what making every day count felt like at that point in my life.

Today…Helping others to Overcome Adversity
is Success to Me

Today, success looks differently.  Although I still enjoy cooking dinner for my family and sitting  together at the dinner table is still important, I want to do more.  I desire to share my hard fought wisdom of overcoming adversity with others.  Today success also includes:

  • Helping an individual overcome adversity by pouring wisdom and encouragement through my personal sponsorship program
  • Speaking to a group to inspire them with what they do today, to overcome adversity
  • Impact people  I meet in my daily travels in a way that helps them deal with adversity

That is success to me.

Battling my health and questioning why I’m still here, has given me a greater sense of wanting to be sure I don’t waste days. I believe that’s what Dottie Lamm was saying, about putting more effort into what she is doing.

Do Everything with Success in Mind

Please don’t be confused, that doesn’t mean, going 24/7 at full steam.  As Amber stated, it’s a conscious choice to be successful, in whatever we choose to do.  Whatever you are doing, do “it” with success in mind, and the effort behind it.

Here is how this looks with Strength, Dignity and Grace:

  • Strength to make a conscience choice to be successful.  It’s going to take a deliberate plan.
  • Dignity is the effort required, to carry out our plan, giving it our “all”.
  • Grace is what is required to change emphasis of our efforts.  We may stumble in this process; we can’t be so hard on ourselves or those around us.

How do you make every day count? What does success look like for you?


  1. Elizabeth McCormick on August 21, 2012 at 10:17

    Great article with real life examples and take aways of how to make every day count. I’ll be taking these to heart. Are you?

  2. AJ Harper on August 21, 2012 at 13:01

    Deanna, you are THE voice (among many) that I turn to in times of stress. Your wisdom is a gift to all of us, to the world. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Deanna on August 21, 2012 at 13:31

      Elizabeth & AJ, Thank you for the kind words! Mostly, thank you for taking the time to comment. As writers, many times we write for ourselves, it’s the comments of others that validates that we have something others may need to hear, from our perspective!

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