Do you know what is a seriously undervalued strength?
The ability to “take a punch and get back up”.
When you have the mental, physical, and spiritual fortitude required to overcome challenges, adapt to unforeseen circumstances, and rise back to your feet every time life pushes you to your knees, nothing will stand in the way of your dreams!
Some of us are stronger than others but we sometimes underestimate our strength. It’s like the little train that could. That train never gave up and got to the top of that tall hill.
Here are 5 helpful ways to pick yourself back up the next time life unexpectedly knocks you on your butt.
1. Assess your Options. When nothing in our life seems to be going right, we convince ourselves that it’s all out of our control and there’s nothing we can do. The minute we believe that there’s nothing we can do, is the instant we lose our power. No matter HOW bad your situation, you always have options, even if that first option is to ask someone for help. Sometimes options can be as simple as going for a run to cool off, reading a book on a topic related to what you’re going through or attending an event of interest. No matter how simple it may seem, draft your options A — Z because: 1) It helps you realize that there are things you actually CAN do and 2) enables you to take back your power and be hopeful. Even if you need to pivot, that’s okay. At least you have some idea of how to move forward for the time being.
2. Connect with People. Whether it’s crying to a family member, seeking advice from a professional, or going out with friends — connect with people. It’s very tempting to isolate when you feel you’re in rock bottom, but don’t for too long. You need people (family, friends, coaches, mentors, professionals, spiritual advisors etc.) to help you find your way.
3. Appreciate the Good. The last thing we want to do when we’re at rock bottom is appreciate where we are — Thank you universe for this black, lonely abyss of despair and never ending misery!? Not quite! Whether it’s your family, friends, health, education, safety, network, assets, home, car, food — life would be a whole lot worse without the things you have that DO work for you at present. Recognize that even at rock bottom, there are small blessings.
4. Focus on the Carrot. Don’t stop believing. Keep the dreams coming! Everyone wants a life that is better than the one they currently have. If you don’t yet have a dream or a goal that motivates you (i.e., carrot), now is the time to create one for yourself. Look back on your life and remember all the goals you accomplished. There’s no reason to believe you can’t rise above and do it again!
5. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others. Measuring your success to another person’s highlight reel is a recipe for disappointment. The only person you should compete with, is the person looking back at you in the mirror. Strive to be better than you were the day before and remember, you have to crawl before you walk and if you stumble along the way — simply make it part of your journey.
So, get back up! Don’t let anything keep you down.
I’m curious, which of these 5 is your go-to?