When Life Throws A Sour Lemon…Make Powerful Sweet Lemonade

The past few weeks have been pretty hectic, I am sure many of you can relate.

You think you have things sorted, the direction you are taking is nicely chosen, and you happily bumble along on your journey.

What happens…something completely unexpected, something that cannot be ignored, and something that will change the direction of your journey, perhaps forever.

What do you do? What do you do when life throws a lemon?

Sometimes, you are taken along on a completely different path, one which you would never have chosen if you had a choice.

As with all things in life, it is the decision made at this time, as to how you manage this new, unexpected and often fearful road.

You can throw your hands in the air, stress out, give in, or give up….or make lemonade, let me explain.

This is exactly what has happened to me in the past few weeks, a health crisis of a family member or two can be a scary road to take.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

When life throws a lemon, let’s make lemonade. When challenges arise, it is a choice on how you choose to react and act.

This is the time to think about what you can control, and accept the things you cannot.

When life throws a lemon, let’s make lemonade.

When challenges arise, it is a choice on how you choose to react and act. This is the time to think about what you can control, and accept the things you cannot.

When challenges arise, it is a choice on how you choose to react and act. This is the time to think about what you can control, and accept the things you cannot.

Like many of you, I like things to be clear cut, however as we all know too well, this is so often not the case. It is at these times, my mind can race, questions like “What if…” and “But…” run through my head like a movie.

Life has a funny way of avoiding black and white. It is as if, we like grey shading and in that state somewhere between white and black, it is up to us, to use our knowledge, support systems, life experience and skills to figure out what’s best.

Here are a few practical tips you can do today when life throws you a lemon.

 

Do what is best for you.

This can be a tricky one when taking in all aspects of a decision, including what others tell you and the outcome, the following question can guide you to the answer. “What is the right choice for you?”

Once you answer this, now think about the next question; “Are you going to do what’s best for you?

Sometimes the thought is easier than the action, and you may not follow through on your decision.

Listen to your instinct.

This tip relates to natural instinct and the following quote sums it up nicely. “When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin…because in that brief moment when that coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you were hoping for.”

Give it a go and don’t ignore your natural instinct. You instinctively know what you want.

Weigh the pros and cons.

Whilst it is important to listen to your natural instinct, it is also equally important to listen to the logic and map out the pros and cons. For those of you who are fact driven, this is something you may like to consider. Even amongst

Whilst it is important to listen to your natural instinct, it is also equally important to listen to the logic and map out the pros and cons. For those of you who are fact driven, this is something you may like to consider.

Even amongst the chaos, take a moment to examine logically what is going on.

Don’t let fear decide.

Now that you have listened to you natural instinct, really focused on what is best for you and taken a logical view of the pros and cons, fear in making a decision can have major consequences. Big changes can be intimidating and scary. Fear can cause you to believe keeping things the same is better, and that change is not worth the risk. My favourite saying for fear is…’face the fear and do it anyway’.

And finally…Trust in yourself.

Once the decision has been made, do not think you will be free from doubts, you may continue to doubt yourself. Believe the decision you have made is the right one, remind yourself that everything has happened as it should…

Keep the focus on the future, the goal posts may move again and another decision will be required, with a different outcome. Commit to staying true to you…..and enjoy the lemonade.

Alice came to the fork in the road.

“Which road do I take?” she asked.

“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat.

“I don’t know,” Alice answered.

“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland

By |2017-02-08T20:18:00+00:00October 29th, 2016|Live Life|
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