There are many times throughout our lives that we will be asked to deal with a fork in the road, to move through our fear, perhaps our greatest fear.
Thankfully, we always have a choice as to how to move forward. Sometimes you are given the opportunity to hang on to things which you've outgrown or no longer serve you (career paths, relationships, marriages etc.) or blaze a new trail in the direction that awakens your spirit and feeds your soul. Other times you are not given that choice. The life you once knew has shifted to the degree that you must make changes, you must move forward and through. But that means you must change. And change is scary, it's uncertain and, as humans, we tend to dislike uncertainty, BIG TIME!
So if you find your self at this type of crossroads (you've just experienced the death or major illness of a loved one, the loss of a job, you are battling an illness, the loss of a relationship or marriage) and you are at a loss as to which direction to go, what actions to take or how to grab the reigns and start to create a sense of normalcy in your life; here are a few proven strategies which will help you find comfort, answers and a sense of direction.
Go inward - Meditate, pray, listen to uplifting audiobooks, read inspirational texts. Yes, I know you are busy, but trust me when I say "You must create this time for yourself." You will be flooding your subconscious with positive thoughts and ideas, thereby helping to clear through the clutter and much of the uncertainty and fear that has been keeping you paralyzed. Do these things daily in order to move past your fear.
Get outside - Whether it's a stroll in a nearby park or a four hour hike in the woods, you need to get outside in order to unplug and ground yourself in nature. It's amazing how much clarity you can receive when you stop over thinking everything. Unplugging and connecting with nature will help relieve your stress which will, in turn, give your brain a break and put you in a position where productive thoughts and ideas can enter. Schedule this as often as possible in order to move past your fear much faster.
Talk it out - Find a friend that you can bounce ideas off of. Maybe someone who has been through something similar to what you are currently dealing with. Meetup.com can be a great place to meet new people with specific interests (singles groups, working through divorce or illness groups etc.). Broadening your friendship base can go a long way towards offering you some new insight and perhaps provide you with some of the answers you're seeking. Don't go into any conversation with a "poor me" attitude. If you come into the union with the idea that you are really wanting to glean some positive advise, then the likelihood of that happening increases dramatically. You may find that the person you are looking to learn from may actually benefit from conversing with you as well. The act of just "getting it out" can be incredibly therapeutic.
Find your therapy and DO IT daily - What makes you happy? Really happy? Do something that puts a smile on your face and do it every day. Maybe gardening is your thing; swimming, walking, working out with weights, running, biking, yoga ... find what makes your heart sing and make time for it every day. Think of it as medicine. You need this in order to survive and thrive. Take your medicine daily and you will get past this challenging period far faster and with much more grace than choosing to neglect this very important piece.
Let go of the outcome - Let's face it, we all would like to think that we are in control of our lives and while it's incredibly and empowering to control the things that we have an impact on, there is much that we do not have control over. It takes a brave person to be at peace with the fact that the person you love may die, the industry you've been in for years may no longer support you, your mate may not interested in saving the relationship ... the list goes on. The only thing you have control of in situations like this is your attitude about it and the actions you take as a result.
Remember that one person's curse is another's blessing. Let your challenge be your blessing. Learn from it, improve yourself as a result of it; allow yourself to become better, not bitter as a result. Control what you can (your attitude and actions) and let the rest go.
You've got this!
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