What To Do When Life Tosses You A Curve Ball

Diane Baranello – Guest Blogger

No matter how well things are going, there comes a time when life tosses us a curve ball. You know what I mean … one of those unexpected challenges we all face from time to time. Maybe it’s a health issue you never saw coming. Perhaps you’ve been unexpectedly let go from your job or you lose someone dear to you. Often, more than one thing gets us down and we feel it will be almost impossible to get back up on our feet and smile and laugh again. But we can. And we do.

Here are a few tips for those times when we get stalled –

  1. Start each day with your ‘gratitudes’. Ask yourself, what am I grateful for today? Just today. When you open your eyes what do you see? Photos of your family? The sun shining through the window? What do you hear? The birds singing, children laughing, the sound of the wind rushing through the trees? It’s a new day and fresh opportunity to control the things you can control, to plan, to do, to accept, to let go of fear and embrace the beauty of life. You’re alive … and that’s a good thing!
  2. Embrace a mantra that means something to you. “I am brave.”, “I am courageous.”, “I make a difference in the world.” People who endure crises in their lives, overcome hardships, or rise above heartache are often the ones who do something for someone else who is in need. We’re driven by a need to survive, to overcome, to rise above. Ask yourself, what is it I can do today to lift someone else’s spirits and bring some light to their day? Reach out to a friend, a neighbor, a colleague – because truly there is strength in caring for others.
  3. Go take a walk … rain, shine, snow, wind … no matter. We are so much a part of nature so connecting out of doors can refresh us, renew us, give our thoughts a place to be free. Letting go of fear and embracing hope is an important first step. We are so much more resilient than we know. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process of allowing ourselves to grieve, resting, tapping into our energy, taking action, focusing on our core strengths and innate talents, reaching out to others in need and knowing we have the strength to persevere.

Finally, do your very best to be totally aware of the beauty each day offers, the gift of life, and the extraordinary power we have to embrace what is good and to live with joy, if we allow our hearts to lead us. You are braver than you think!

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Diane Baranello is a Personal Branding/Career Coach and Accountability Partner for Mid-Career Women, and the founder of Coaching for Distinction

Diane will be leading our Women’s Evening Salon discussion on the third evening of Women At Woodstock: Sunday, October 30.

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