Last week, I wrote a blog about choosing courage over fear. Courage is a great choice and there are others as well.....
When a situation arises which causes you fear, you can choose to develop another skill in place of the fear.
Here are some other options:
Whatever your choose to practice, know that life is transient and that this too shall pass.
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In any circumstance that we are presented with in life, we have a choice of courage or fear.
A few weeks ago, I had heard some great news but all I could focus on were the things that could possibly go wrong.
Have you ever experienced that before? Perhaps you were offered a new job and were excited at first and then thought about a new work environment, the new drive to work, the new people, how you would exit your current place of employment, etc. You may even have decided that your current job isn’t so bad after all and questioned why you decided to apply for new jobs in the first place.
This is simply a trick of the mind. Our mind seeks comfort. Comfort is easy, predictable and there are no surprises. The reason that it’s a trick is because growth doesn’t happen in your comfort zone. Growth can only occur out of it.
Looking back a previous times of growth in your life, you may notice that they were first caused by a period of uncertainty. Perhaps you lost a job before you found a new one. Or you got sick and growth from your illness. When you growth, you can no longer go back to the person that you were before. Perhaps that’s why growth is so scary for people.
In any circumstance, you can choose courage or growth. Remember that FEAR can equal 2 things: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise!
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We are not just physical beings. We are comprised of physical, emotional and mental systems in our body.
For example, let’s take shoveling snow as an example.
Physically, when we are shovelling snow, we need to be aware of tension being created by:
Most of us are aware of physical examples of creating tension, how about emotional and mental?
What if, while you were shoveling, you were thinking “I hate my job, I hate my job, I hate my job” with each throw of the snow...and then your back went out. You could be feeling the emotions of anger, frustration, annoyance if you aren’t happy at work.
What if your thoughts were “why am I the only one out here shovelling” “how come no one is around to help me” “why is everyone else inside while I’m freezing my butt off”? These thoughts would lead you to be angry, feeling alone, feeling unappreciated and creating tension in your body.
It is well documented in research that emotional and mental stress can cause low back pain. The research says that in men, most often emotional causes of low back pain are finances or work related. In women, it tends to be relationship stress.
If the physical, emotional and mental tension patterns are not recognized and addressed, they would be further stored in the body. Over time, this tension would build and build until it caused you pain.
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Have you ever quit something too early? Perhaps you started a new diet and were not seeing the results that you wanted as quickly as you wanted to, so you stopped. Maybe you started a business and quit before you were profitable.
How do you know if it’s time to quit or rest?
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and feel like there’s too much on your plate, your decision making energy is at a low. When you’re trying to make a choice in regards to something important in your life i.e. job, relationships, career, health, etc. you want to considering being in an energy rich state.
You will not reach the energy rich state you need to be in to make good decisions from a worn out place. The first thing you need to do is rest.
Take time for yourself. Nap, sleep, take care of your health and well being. When you feel fully refreshed, then it’s time to decide if you should continue down your current path or if it’s time to quit.
Far too often, we quit when the going gets tough when what we really need is to rest.
In business, it is said that it takes 5 years in order to be profitable. It you kept quitting every time you got tired, you would never see the results of your labour. For dieting, it takes about a month to get into a routine and then there’s a matter of sustainability after that.
When you first get started out in a venture, take into account that the usual time frame is to see results. Do not compare yourself with the best case scenario. Instead, prepare for the worst case and schedule time to take frequent rests in between.
If you’re in a great state and you find it’s find to quit. Celebrate what you have learn in your journey and leave with grace.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.