Life coach gives advice on staying positive in crisis

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The world was shocked when U.S. Olympic swimming champ Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was partially paralyzed in an ATV accident in Show Low almost two weeks ago.

She's now recovering in Colorado and waiting for rehab to begin. "I'm actually feeling really good, which is surprising," she said. "Yes, this injury sucks. And yes, things hurt. But I'm alive, and I'm so thankful to be alive," she said. "You can get through anything as long as you have  positive attitude."

On Thursday's Good Morning Arizona, life coach and author Mike Lindstrom tells 3TV that he couldn't have said it better, He says the choices you make can lead to miracles.

"50 percent of your level of happiness is genetic," he says. "But 40 percent is conscious choice. That means when you wake up every day you have a choice about what you want to focus on and what you want to think about."

He says Van Dyken-Rouen is making a conscious choice not to let circumstances get her down, and that her positive attitude is likely to inspire many and have a great impact on the world.

"I can see great things for her, inspiring millions of people," Lindstrom says.

He also says you have to find ways to do things in your life that make you happy. "People have to do  things that create this happiness within themselves."