Positive Thinking During Times of Uncertainty

Right now is a time of tremendous change and uncertainty. For a lot of people this change has led to negative thoughts and feelings to be all consuming. If you have lost your job, you are probably worrying about money and whether or not you will find a new job. If you are still employed, you may fret about your position being eliminated. If you are a business owner, you may just be struggling to get by, hoping that customers will eventually start consuming again. Life is definitely challenging and it is forcing us to dig deep and find strength within.

As a means of providing some inspiration and nuggets of sunshine, below are some tips that may help those of you needing some relief from darkness.

*See adversity as fuel that lights your fire.

Life can definitely be challenging (as the majority of us know right now) but the true strength of a person is tested when adversity strikes. How do you deal with stress? Does it bring out the worst in you or the best in you? What do you do if you fail? Do you bounce back stronger or dwell in the shadows? Adversity can break you or it can build you up and make you stronger.

*Learn to ride the waves of life.

When you learn to live in the flow of life, you figure out when to paddle (take action) and when to sit back and allow the next steps to come to you. If you constantly try to force life, you become exhausted due to overexertion and you close yourself off from your creative outlets.

*Win the battle over fear!

When we live in a state of fear, we become paralyzed and are unable to move forward. All we think about is, “What if this next bad thing happens?” By moving from a state of fear into a state of possibility, our whole word opens up. We come up with new ideas to solving problems and we no longer allow fear to dictate how we live our lives.

To quote Kahlil Gibran, “March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move towards perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns or the sharp stones on life’s path.”

*Don’t allow your health to decline along with the economy.

During times of stress, individuals often resort to bad habits such as drinking, smoking, overeating, and not exercising. By nourishing your body with healthy foods and daily physical activity, your whole perspective on life will shift, plus you feel more confident and full of energy!

Colleen Canney is a Career, Life, and Wellness Coach based in Milwaukee, WI. She offers coaching sessions via phone or in-person. If you are interested in learning more about Colleen, visit her website at www.colleencanny.com or contact her via email at colleencanny@live.com.


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