Look, I am just like you. Sometimes when life throws me a curve ball, I react with fear, confusion and become paralyzed–unable to immediately
accomplish things. Just like you, I want to curl into a little ball and just
disappear. So when something happens to disrupt my life, I want to run away.
It’s tough to think clearly. It’s tricky to see things plainly without judgment
when hardship strikes but once I identify that those feelings, emotions, and
physical sensations are present, I can face them directly–head on. You see I recognize those impasses. I acknowledge them. Then I choose to find ways to move the barricades aside so I can move forward. It’s not easy. But here is what I choose to do:
1. Recognize barriers are there; they are preventing me from staying on course.
2. Admit that whatever the obstacle, that insinuation or allegation is not the truth; that story does not define who I am. I can create a new story. I can
change my perspective and see the hurdle as an break to try something new—to experiment!
3. Find one thing that I am passionate about and do it! It could be writing, reading, dancing, working on a project at work or even at home that I am avoiding. I just dive in!
4. FOCUS on what I am grateful for that day, that hour, that moment because there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
5. Stop thinking about what did not happen, should have happened, and could have happened. Stop thinking about what the world owes me; instead FOCUS on what I can give to the world. FOCUS on how I can make a difference or a small contribution today. Move from MY needs to someone else’s.
So I use the analogy of the postage stamp; I stick to one thing until I get there. And I use these 5 tips to help me remain centered.