When the proverbial hits the fan...
We've all been there, you know, those days when you wake up and you're feeling happy that life is going your way. You love your job. Your family dynamic seems under control and you're making progress with your goals. A refreshing weekend away has sparked the travel bug and you're online looking for your next destination... Then...
...from what seems like nowhere, the proverbial hits the fan. From your partner wanting a divorce, a family member passes away, the test have come back positive and you need to have treatment, you're being made redundant or on the verge of bankruptcy. All that life once was, has changed in a millisecond.
It's in these moments of uncertainty that we learn our biggest lessons. Not only is our character tested, but our faith, resilience, grit and tenacity is too. It's easy to feel gratitude and visualise positivity when life is good. It's a whole different ball game in times of struggle. When life has been turned upside down and inside out.
So, what do you do when the proverbial hits the fan?
''You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!” Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa.
Firstly, it starts with listening to that little voice inside you. We've all got one. You know, the voice (it's more of a whisper.) that always has your back, that guides and encourages you. You'll hear it whispering, ''keep going'' or ''you can do this'', when you had thought you had reached your limit. Some call it intuition, the soul or the infinite intelligence. Whichever name you give it, your voice will guide you to the next step you need to take. Especially when life feels like a lead weight tied around your ankles and a spaghetti junction brain full of thoughts. The best way to hear your voice is to stop, be still, find a quiet space, be alone, journal or meditate. No matter what is going on in your life, there is always a way through.
Secondly, when you've received your guidance, it's now time to take action. Find the grit, determination, resilience to pick yourself up and start. You see, we all have to rise at some point in our lives. Yes, some more than others - I know! You have to keep going, don't stop moving forward. Sooner rather than later, you'll feel more confident in your actions/decisions and the overwhelm will start melting away. Your voice will steer you and life will improve, or, at the very least, you'll find peace in the things that cannot be changed.
I'm sending you lots of good vibes and positive thoughts as you navigate through this.
If anyone can do this, you can!
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About Michelle Thole
Michelle is an accredited life coach with the IIC&M, specialising in high-performance mindset and confidence for creatives and performers. Also, a trained facilitator working with an array of big companies - presentation skills, culture change and leadership. Her inspirational personality, energy and devotion to her profession are unparalleled.