Four years ago I was involved in a serious accident that left me with a catastrophic injury. In the first few months that followed, I experienced many negative emotions such as tremendous anger at the person who had caused it, sadness about missing out and being held back from experiences my friends were having, and jealousy when comparing myself to people who were progressing in their therapy. These negative emotions held me back from focusing on my own rehabilitation and recovery. After a couple of months of spinning my wheels, I decided I needed to focus on myself rather than everyone else. This change in the way I was thinking and feeling improved my physical recovery. I asked my therapists for specific timelines, and then looked at those timelines as challenges to beat. For instance, when told it would take 6 to 7 months to jog again, I tried to do it quicker, and managed it in five. By focusing all my energy on rehab and not on the negativity, I was able to motivate myself to get better. The sense of achievement I felt drove me to continue working hard and continue the momentum.