Archive for July, 2012

Blog Talk Radio Interview

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Be sure to listen in on your computer to a talk show interview of my wife and I on living life to the fullest after a life-changing event.
TONIGHT at 6pm.

Book Review Decide Success

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I have to tell you I love your book and it is already helping me. When I read it, my intention was just to read it…I had no idea I would want to practice what you preach and teach! It is powerful, let me tell you.


Thursday, July 19th, 2012

My mother had said to me hundreds of times, “Everything happens for the best.” Almost a year after I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s sitting in her living room having casual conversation, her favorite commentary changed. “Well, remember John, everything happens for a reason.” What had always been the “best” was now a mediocre “reason”, solemn and unexplainable “reason”? When I confronted her about it, she reluctantly explained, “I can’t imagine that your Parkinson’s Disease is for the best.” I felt a sudden rush. I didn’t know it then, but I had been looking for something to inspire me. Right then and there I made the decision to give her optimistic “best” back. Somehow, some way, I would make my having Parkinson’s “for the best.” The fog and denial that I had been living in started to lift. I felt a purpose. That’s why I wrote this book. I was a successful student and professional. The same principles and steps I used to develop my life then applies equally to living life to the fullest after a life-changing event. Your own medical condition or one of a loved one, personal loss, change in your job or even relationship situation can suddenly stop you in your tracks and change the your life as you had known it to be. It does not have to break you. You can make it “for the best”.

If you think that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is the best thing that happened to me. The answer is no. Having unlimited amount of money, traveling the world first class, having and occasional dinner with my favorite Red Sox player, Carl Yastrzemski, that could be the best thing that could happen to me. But you could ask how can anyone be so upbeat? Be so optimistic? Knowing they have an incurable, progressive, neurologic, debilitating disease? At 41 years young?” Is it possible for someone to have had a “so called” great life with a successful career in the field that he loves, in a life style that he loves, suddenly taken away from him. Yet remain uninterrupted. Strong. Happy. Almost superhuman. That answer is a definite “yes,” but most of the time. Sometimes I get sad. I am pissed off at times. I sometimes feel scared. I know what the long-term looks like. I have seen people diagnosed with Parkinson’s “not doing so well.” It would be a lie if I said I didn’t put myself in those shoes for a millisecond. At times, I need to lean on my Bernadette. Reminding myself to “Let go and let God.” I have to force myself to bring my focus back to what is now and follow my “life purpose.” Then I can be the person you see in my inspirational talks. The voice you hear when you read my book, DECIDE SUCCESS: You Ain’t Dead Yet. The person you talk to one-on-one and look to for hope. The enthusiastic, passionate and inspirational person who is John Baumann. It’s through pain and fear that builds a warrior. That’s why you fight. There is not a person throughout history that made a difference who did not have to fight. I see the fear in the eyes of the people in my audiences. They want to fight, but need guidance to find their mission. They find peace in my words of hope. I am determined to make my Parkinson’s “for the best” and I will succeed. Make the decision. DECIDE SUCCESS. I live the title of my book. And, by the way, I ain’t dead yet.

DECIDE SUCCESS is not just another inspirational storybook or a self-help book loaded with clichés. It uses short stories to bring the success principles to life, engaging imagery. I have dedicated my life to inspiring, explaining my twelve action steps to achieve the success you truly desire to, and bringing hope to as many people as possible.

Baumann presents in Cincinnati

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Hi John – I have been meaning to send you a note earlier but as they say – “better late than never”. Thank you for your inspirational talk at the Parkinson’s Recovery Summit. Although I am a believer, the best I may be able to accomplish is – to nip this slow progressing disease in the butt! Your drive (as I determined) is next to none. Congratulations on a well delivered talk. Tom

Parkinsons and D.R.E.A.D. Daily Actions

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Mapping Phase of DECIDE SUCCESS involves three action steps: Assessment, End-Vision and Daily Actions. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinsons, you are well aware of the things you used to be able to do, but no longer can. But there are things you can still do. You need to first re-assess and identify your remaining talents, abilities, strengths and interests. Based upon those attributes, you need to engage in an End-Vision. Actually project yourself into the future and experience what you want to be. Finally, you need to break down what will get you from here to there into daily actions. The D.R.E.A.D. Daily Actions demonstrate the things I need to do every day to live life to the fullest with Parkinsons. My End-Vision is to be the slowest progressing Person with Parkinsons in the annals of medical history.

Here is what D.R.E.A.D. stands for (and, make no mistake about it, I sometimes, as the name implies, dread doing these things):

D – Diet and Hydration
R – Rest and Relaxation
E – Exercise
A – Attitude
D – Drugs as prescribed

Indiana Announces Baumann at Symposium

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

2012 Parkinson’s Symposium
The Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana is proud to announce that the 2012 Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 1pm. Registration and Open House begin at 12pm. Please save the date on your calendar for this wonderfully educational event. Our speakers this year will be John Baumann, Attorney, Motivational speaker and Proud Person with Parkinsons, Joel Herskowitz, M.D. & Roya Saya, Ph.D., CCC-SLP who wrote “Swallowing Safely” and Aaron Batt, Assistant Federal Security Director of the TSA. We will also have an exercise break with “Dance for PD” followed by a question and answer panel. Light snack to be provided.

Cost: $20 per person with “Swallow Safely” book.
$15 per person without book.
** If you pay your PAACI dues, you get $5 off the registration fee for up to 4 people in your family.

Location: Indy West Conference Center, 400 N. High School Rd., Indpls., IN

Contact Sheri for more information at or 317-255-1993.