For over a year now most of us have learned to tighten our belts, letting words such as “Economic Downturn” and “Credit Crunch” dominate our vocabulary. We all know that change is inevitable and that sooner or later, there will be opportunities here on the coast for those of us who have been able to stick out the worst of it. Will you be ready?
Many of us have felt lately as though our lives have become “stuck”: perhaps not moving backwards, but definitely not moving forwards. It is not an enviable place to be, but there may actually be an upside to this downturn. Many people have found that a simpler approach can ultimately be more satisfying, and getting stuck can be an invitation to change. Maybe you have “tapped into your soul”: adding a new dimension of spirituality to your life which has given you an emotional strength you didn’t before know you had.
Nevertheless, moving beyond being stuck is not an easy thing to do. Here are 7 suggestions to get you started towards getting your life unstuck:
1/ Decide what needs to be changed in your life. What are you able and willing to change? Be realistic but be determined.
2/ Ask for help. Involving others in your decisions will help you get moving and stay moving.
3/ Believe in the positive. Instead of reminding yourself of all the times you didn’t get it right, go back to when you were very little and think of all the things you have taught yourself to do: starting with standing upright!
4/ Visualise yourself where you want to be, doing what will make you happy. Be specific, write your goals down and stay focussed.
5/ Avoid the Nay-Sayers. There will always be someone who says: “Oh what’s the use…”. But does that person have to be you?
6/ Focus on one step at a time.
7/ Simplify, de-clutter, and recognise the blessings of family and friends..
This time of economic uncertainty has made many of us examine our expenditure, our health, our sense of well-being, even our sense of spirituality: the things that really matter. Will you be ready when the opportunities start to appear once more?
Get your life unstuck now!
Tracy Saunders is a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist in Benahavis. She is planning a 3 day residential workshop to be held at the end of March entitled Get Your Life Unstuck! Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Would you like to be one of them?
For more information call Tracy at 951 896 041 or 686 315 328 www.headstartcentres.org
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