How the Lessons from BOLD are Helping a California Girl Walk Again

How the Lessons from BOLD are Helping a California Girl Walk Again

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Gerry Nicks with his Daughter, Elizabeth and their family.

Gerry Nicks was having a particularly bad week some years ago at his job as a camera salesman. A good week would have been about $25,000 in sales, but Nicks wasn’t even in the ballpark. So he did what he always does: he praised God for his blessings and talked to God about his struggle. It is remarkable then that a few hours later a man came in and made a single merchandise purchase worth $30,000. The man was one of the nation’s wealthiest, having emerged from a childhood of poverty to become one of the largest landowners in America. Impressed by the effort and energy that Nicks put into selling the cameras, the man encouraged him to go help people with real estate so that he could build an independent life that would allow him to do what he was good at while being available for his family. Turns out family time was exactly what Nicks was going to need.

Six years ago, his daughter Elizabeth suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a cheerleading fall from the top of a pyramid style formation. She was in a lengthy coma and emerged partially paralyzed before the Nicks were told that she would never walk again. She’s been bound to a wheelchair ever since and requires round-the-clock medical attention.

While they were plugged into all the rehabilitation services available to her, not much was happening for Elizabeth. When Nicks, who made the transition to real estate in 2004 and is now based in the Keller Williams South Bay (Calif.) market center, signed up for his fourth BOLD this year, two goals took priority:

1) To see his daughter walk again; and
2) To increase sales by 30 percent.

BOLD Experience is a seven-week KW MAPS Coaching course that focuses on breaking through limiting beliefs and achieving a life by design. Step Two,  which focuses on mindset, is having an enormous, life-changing impact on the entire Nicks family. It’s in step two that agents unlock their mindsets with lessons on the power of the mind and the importance of daily affirmations.

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Nicks says daily affirmation with his daughter, Elizabeth and attends regular physical therapy sessions where she is learning to walk again, despite doctors original prognosis.

Nicks began repeating BOLD affirmations in Elizabeth’s presence, then had her join in, repeating daily that she was bold, she was more than a conqueror through the Lord Jesus Christ and that she would walk again one day. Nicks says, “I’ve been working on focusing my mindset and affirmations with my daughter, who was told she’d never walk, not even with the use of a walker. After watching the Miracle Man film during the BOLD program, I thought about the mindset of the doctors and how they were limiting my daughter’s life. So I began to talk with her about taking a few steps every day. By visualizing, practicing affirmations and keeping our eye on the goal, she managed to rock back and forth until she was standing for 10 seconds, then 20 seconds, then a whole minute before she managed to take a few steps.”  Nick recently attended therapy with Elizabeth. “This time, though, the doctors and physical therapists came to her room to watch her taking steps, and applauded her. I will no longer accept other people telling my daughter what her potential is. Or mine.”

“I’ve been working on focusing my mindset and affirmations with my daughter, who was told she’d never walk, not even with the use of a walker. After watching the Miracle Man film during the BOLD program, I thought about the mindset of the doctors and how they were limiting my daughter’s life. So I began to talk with her about taking a few steps every day. By visualizing, practicing affirmations and keeping our eye on the goal, she managed to rock back and forth until she was standing for 10 seconds, then 20 seconds, then a whole minute before she managed to take a few steps.”

Nick recently attended therapy with Elizabeth. “This time, though, the doctors and physical therapists came to her room to watch her taking steps, and applauded her. I will no longer accept other people telling my daughter what her potential is. Or mine.”

By taking BOLD out of the classroom and bringing it to his own world, Nicks saw firsthand the real power of affirmation. “I understand now that what is impossible becomes possible when you believe.” In early May 2013, Elizabeth took 22 steps. By mid-June when she graduates high school, she aims to walk part of the way to pick up her diploma.

As his daughter’s affirmation partner, Nicks says he’s more convinced than ever that a 30 percent growth in sales this year can be achieved. “I owe it to her to meet my difficult goals, too,” Nicks proclaims. “And I will.”

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