Inspiration and Reflection
Every once in a while, especially during times of change, each of us wakes up to a day we just cannot face—not one more interview, not one more rejection, not one more minute of conversation with a difficult person, and not one more second of uncertainty. You feel tired, old, beaten, discouraged, and alone. Everyone gets to that point at some time. When it happens, take time out to check in with your emotional and physical self as we’ve discussed in the previous chapter.
Here are some mantras you can repeat over and over to help ride out the storm. Add your own and keep them handy.
I’m not going to make everybody happy. And anybody who wants to hate is going to hate. You have to be confident in who you are and what you’re doing. Of course you try to evolve. I would never tell you, “Today is the best I will ever be.” I’m always trying to be a better chef, a better dad, a better person. -- Guy Fieri
This, too, will pass. For every uphill, there is a downhill.
I have successfully met other challenges in my life—I will be successful now.
Other people, including people I admire and emulate, are, at this very minute, facing what I’m facing. I am not alone.
I have love and support.
I am living not by human laws, but by divine ones. My every need is met.
I have abundance on all levels.
If I’ve ever been [rich, thin, happy, successful, beloved, recognized, energetic, competitive, famous, award-winning—fill in your desired attributes], I am still those. All I have ever been, or ever will be, I am now.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,” and God himself said, “Behold I make all things new.” -- —Revelation 21:1–8
When coasting downhill, moving fast and easily with your breath flowing in and out, use the momentum to continue moving the same way once the ground is level—or even if the road turns uphill.
“What would be the point in living if we didn’t let life change us?” —Julian Fellows, Writer, Downton Abbey