Have you ever been trapped by a thing, perhaps a habit or an attitude (could be smoking, junk food, procrastination etc), and felt, ‘the only way out of the rut was. . . [Complete the sentence].
I have to share this because it is so vital for me and for restoring hope when I begin to lose my way. Do you ever lose your way? Do you suffer from a loss of hope and stop looking forward to things? Does your thinking ever polarise to the extreme negative?
There is a way forward, there always is - it's just a matter of finding it. We all have within us the ability to turn our lives around, grow and adapt to new circumstances. No one knows us as good as we know ourselves.
When we feel beaten and of no use to anybody let alone ourselves we need to find hope; enough hope to plan for, and execute, recovery - one day at a time. (There is no recovery quite like ‘one day at a time’ recovery. ) We need to give ourselves a head start in time and some ‘rev-up room’ as we prepare to hit our goal front on.
Mental strength is key. We need to plan for hiccups, preparing for low days, with a strategy to get through. When we have a low day, it doesn't really matter how we negotiate it. It must simply be negotiated without giving in on our goal, whether it's to stop something and keep it stopped or to start something and keep it going.
We don't give our weaknesses any striking distance on us - again mental strength is all important. Even so-called menial decisions or issues can threaten what we're about, so we must be on our guard. Awareness is huge. We must stay vigilant on cerebral sneak-ups. Let's not loosen the resolve. Keep motivated.
As we negotiate our goals day-by-day, we should ‘chalk ‘em up’ and celebrate at least within our own minds and hearts via healthy reflection. This is a mental pat on the back and an encouragement to keep going.
As we continue successfully we should be fair with ourselves and find a permissible way to reward the effort and ingenuity that's gone in. We should be staying psychologically and spiritually healthy with a strong hope borne from lots of good things to look forward to.
And we don't forget to celebrate, whilst not losing sight of where we've come from.
Copyright © 2008, Steven J. Wickham. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
Steve Wickham is a safety and health professional (BSc) and a qualified lay Christian minister (GradDipDiv). His key passion is work / life balance and re-creating value for living, and an exploration of the person within us.