What do you do when your world comes crashing down? How do you recover when you’re not even sure how you will get through the day? How do you succeed when it seems that survival is all you can hope for? The answers to these questions will determine your potential for achieving success and happiness.
We live in a fast passed, high adrenaline, often savage world where stress, burnout, and crisis are a common reality. We are forced to deal with stress every day, and at times it can be overwhelming. These high levels of stress can often lead to personal crisis, but crisis does not need an excuse to visit the unsuspecting traveler.
We all go through times of personal crisis. Some crises are more severe than others, but they are never a fun time. They drain the life out of us, cause us to question our sanity, eliminate the desire to forge ahead, and make success and happiness seem like a distant dream. Life crises are no respecter of persons. They will attack the best of us regardless of our potential, position, income, intelligence, or experience.
This article series will cover the top ten strategies that will help you get through the most difficult times in your life—whether they are stress related or a pure crisis. These strategies will enable you to maintaining your sanity, while moving continuously toward success, peace and happiness. Each strategy recently played a significant role in helping me walk through what may have been the greatest personal crisis of my life.
When Your World Comes Crashing Down
I’m not simply talking about the many personal and business struggles you face on a weekly or monthly basis. I’m talking about events that shake your world so severely that everything you are, and everything you thought you believed, is shaken to the core.
When this happens everything you thought you knew can seem like nonsensical limericks in a circus production. During these times you will feel like you are engulfed in a pit of hurt, pain, anguish, and sadness. This article series, “Top Ten Strategies for Overcoming Personal Crisis,” will help you get out.
I am personally going through just such an event, and it feels like I have been there far too long. A single day is too long to be in hell. At times I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel, only to find it fade and die out like a bad practical joke. The specifics are not important. It is enough to say that this particular event almost destroyed me. At times it left me feeling like only a shell of the man I once was. The sun was gone from my day, and the moon from my night. I’ve been living in the shadow of agony.
Personal Crisis: The Seeds of Personal Growth and Development
The good news is that these events do not need to break you. In fact, they can do quite the opposite. They don’t mark the end of your life, but a potential significant stepping stone in personal growth and development.
The truth is that our most significant personal advances are made in the heat of crisis. We party in the good times and grow in the bad times—not very enjoyable, but that is the reality of life and the struggle for success.
Personal struggles can be the greatest motivation for growth and development. They can produce wondrous change, and lead to great maturity. They compel us to grow, learn, develop, persevere, expand our knowledge, and strengthen our understanding of self, to name but a few things. We have no choice but to expand our abilities and knowledge if we hope to survive, and certainly if we hope to succeed.
We grow most through challenge and adversity. The greater the crisis or challenge the greater the opportunity for growth. However, if we are not careful they can just as easily destroy us. What is the determining fact? Only one thing—your response!
Do Not Forget in the Darkness what You Learned in the Light
This is one of the most important strategies for success and happiness when you are going through a crisis so I hope you will at least remember this one thing.
The best strategy for overcoming personal crisis is to prepare now. Prepare for the crisis before the crisis hits you. Don’t wait for the crisis to hit. If you prepare now, then you will be ready later. If you don’t prepare now you will almost certainly crash or falter when crisis hits.
If you wait for the crisis to hit you then it will be too late. When you are in the middle of a crisis it is much easier to rely on skills and knowledge that you already have, than it is to develop new skills and knowledge. You can certainly do it, but it is a much more difficult and painful process.
For years I’ve been giving people this little nugget of truth: “Do not forget in the darkness what you learned in the light.” In other words, when you are going through a crisis, or any challenge for that matter, it is important to remember the tools and skills you learned prior to the crisis or challenge.
This elevates the importance of personal growth and development. Take the time to learn, grow, and develop when things are going well, so that you will have the necessary tools within you when things are not going so well.
This little piece of wisdom became very real to me when I went through my recent crisis. Without years of focus on personal growth and development I might have faltered and failed to advance through the difficult crisis.
Crisis is never an easy thing, but you can set yourself up for success despite whatever hardships might come your way—and unfortunately they will come your way.
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How you respond to a crisis will determine whether you fail or succeed. So be prepared to give it your best shot. That means that you must prepare now so that you don’t pay later. If you prepared now then you will be ready to face any crisis or challenge with the skills and character that you have build over the years.
If you will follow this advice then you will be prepared for any crisis that might come your way.
This article series will show you the top ten things that will help you overcome difficult times in your life. They will help you to prepare through personal growth and development, and they will also serve you while you are in the midst of any crisis.