Turning Crisis to Triumph

Woman-Celebrating-sportLast year, I struggled with a problem that I haven’t had to deal with ever before. If I was being truthful to myself, I would even call it a crisis, a financial crisis. It pushed me and pulled me in ways that I never could have envisioned I would experience at this point in my life.

Due to some life circumstances and some mental roadblocks, I find myself in new territory. You may not be experiencing a financial crisis, but you may have some other challenges that are testing you, whether it’s a relationship or work situation.

Unfortunately, as part of being human, we all are tested now and again.

Rather than focusing on problem and feeling disempowered, what we can do is reclaim our power and find a route to overcome the challenge.

1. Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but…

Telling the truth in this area can be very challenging for me because I want to appear successful both to others as well as myself. However, ignoring the problem only made it worse. My work is about being authentic, so I thought I better walk the talk.

So I sucked it up and began to tell the truth to myself and the people who loved me. When I did, the sense of relief was palpable. I found out I wasn’t alone and it didn’t diminish their image of me or my success. In telling the truth, I was able to finally take real action to shift the crisis into triumph.

2. Look for the Lesson

This is the crux of turning any challenge into triumph. While it isn’t always easy or fun to look for the lesson or gold while in the middle of a crisis, this has been the quickest way for me to turn the tides. I know the struggle and suffering leaves me feeling powerless, so I look for the lesson to reclaim my power in the situation.

As I look for the lessons in this financial crisis, two come to mind immediately. The first is my stepping up in financial responsibility – essentially putting my big girl panties on. I am now intimately connected to my bills and bank accounts in ways that will set me up financially for the rest of my life.

The second gift is willingness to accept help. Being fiercely independent, I always hesitated to really depend on people because I didn’t want to be a burden. However, in this situation I had to make many requests for assistance, depending on people on a deeper level than ever before. This leads to the final step to turn challenge into triumph.

3. Seek out Support

The support from others was essential in helping me find solutions to turnaround the financial crisis. Whether it was simply a consoling conversation, advice on pinching pennies or job referrals, I was grateful for all the support I received to know that I wasn’t alone.

Most people, especially our loved ones, are eager to help out in some way. The more specific we can be in our requests, the easier it can be to for supporters to step up. With our support team by our side, we can step up and out of our crisis and into triumph.

Whenever I am in trouble or even in the midst of a crisis, I am reminded of Christian D. Larson’s wise words.

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”

Whether it’s a health crisis, a financial crisis or a relationship crisis – we can all find ways to not just survive the crisis, but more importantly you can find a way to thrive from it.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Turning Crisis to Triumph

  1. 同意好康兄所說 貪腐瀆職是很有可能的 但現時還沒有證據 所以很難說 執法不嚴 我倒不大同意 衛生部或質檢總局跟著會如何執法 刑事起訴 撤除免檢資格或禁售等等 還有待觀察 現在首先碰到的問題其實不是執法不嚴 而是延遲執法 早該回收的拖到現在才回收 當然 好康兄可能覺得我在咬文嚼字 因為廣義而言 延遲執法也是執法不嚴的一種 但我想強調的其實是普通法入面一個概念 就是 “justice delayed is jitsuce denied” 內地雖不是行普通法 但我覺得有關官員如果能理解這個概念的話 便不會搞到如斯田地了

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