“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble that the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.”

Robert Collier was an American author of self-help books in the 20th century. The nephew of Peter Fenelon Collier, founder of Collier’s Weekly, he wrote about the practical psychology of abundance, desire, faith, confident action, and becoming your best.

We draw a parallel from his reflections on the need for visualizing the challenging Parkinson’s journey no one wants to take and continuing to create goals that provide a rewarding quality of life.

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”

“Take the first step and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is started, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.”

“If you don’t make things happen, then things will happen to you.”If you procrastinate when faced with a big, difficult problem, break the problem into parts and handle one part at a time.”

“Make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a profit. Make it work and produce for you. Think of things not as they are, but as they might be. Don’t merely dream – but create!”


SMALLER” (an animated video)

A poem titled “Smaller” (shown as an animated YouTube video) was written by a 43-year-old father in New Zealand for his two little girls to help them understand the changes that were taking place in him due to his early-onset Parkinson’s condition. The poem was published in May of 2013 and presented at the October 2013 World Parkinson’s Congress that Keith and Linda Hall attended in Montreal, Canada.


For two decades, Davis Phinney was one of America’s most successful cyclists. He won two stages at the Tour de France and an Olympic medal. But after years of feeling off, he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s. This is Davis’s personal and remarkable story, available through


This 102-page book is a candid personal guideline shared by author Hal Newsom, who lived with the daily challenges of his own Parkinson’s condition. He outlines the four basics of hope from his title acronym in the following way: H.O.P.E. = Help, Optimism, Physician, and Exercise. In his words, his story is “not a lecture on what you should do, but merely an insight into what is working for a fellow Parkinson’s Person”.
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