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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Weathering the Storms

Let us follow our destiny, ebb and flow. Whatever may happen, we master fortune by accepting it. -- Virgil

What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? I was practicing for this, I was training for this. -- Epictetus

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. -- Jim Rohn

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There are times in each of our lives when we face crisis. Whether personal health, family issues or work-related, these challenges can be daunting. In the midst of the confusion and lack of clarity that such struggle brings it can be difficult to see a workable solution.

When you're faced with a hardship that threatens to overwhelm you, it's important to assess your situation and take necessary action.

Here's a few ways to navigate through troubling times.

What's working? Find the things that are working well for you and do more of them. It helps to see that there are still areas in which you can excel.

Focus on the actions that will get you through. The simple act of placing one foot in front of the other and dealing with each task as it arises can help you move through a crisis; sometimes the only way out is through.

Let others know what you are facing and accept the help you need. The first step toward getting what you need is to let those who care about you help. Create a support system and allow yourself to lean on it as needed.

Keep in mind that you have what it takes to get through this. Reminding yourself of other times in your life when you successfully overcame obstacles will help you remember how strong you really are.

Think about it.

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Growth is change.
Change can be uncomfortable.
Grow anyway.

Deborah Avery
New York Executive Coaching, LLC

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