By: Darren Poke
Life isn’t easy and there are no guarantees that everything you do will work out.
You can have a positive attitude, work hard and do everything right, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball.
It could be an unexpected health issue, legal complications or the irresponsible actions of someone beyond your control.
I hope that you are never in this type of situation, but there may come a time in your life when you hit rock bottom.
How should you respond?
Here are five options to choose from:
1. You can give up – Maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe the universe is trying to tell you something. Maybe you aren’t resilient enough to cope with the challenges that life throws at you, so you choose to give up and pursue a safer, less magnificent life instead.
2. You can become a victim – It wasn’t your fault that your dream didn’t come to fruition, so you have a seemingly legitimate excuse to blame your circumstances, complain to anyone listening and become a victim.
3. You can press on – When things go wrong, you don’t have to give up. You can keep going, although sometimes, when you’ve hit rock bottom, to just keep digging isn’t necessarily the most helpful option.
4. You can use the experience to learn valuable lessons – We don’t always learn much from our victories, but inevitably, there are lessons that we can learn from our failures. We can identify new strategies for successful living, we can learn more about our character and we can develop new perspectives that will help us in the future.
5. You can become an inspiration to others – I love reading stories of people who have hit rock bottom, yet managed to turn around their situation to become massive success stories and inspirations. People like J.K. Rowling, Colonel Sanders, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley at some stage hit rock bottom and had every excuse to give up on their dreams or become victims. But instead, they chose to create a story for their lives that inspires others and helps us to understand that we aren’t defined by our circumstances, but by our response to our circumstances. Wouldn’t it be awesome if one day, others were inspired by your recovery from a potentially disastrous situation?
So when you hit rock bottom, which option will you choose?
And remember, it is a choice!
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