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The Shifting Sands Beneath A Woman's Feet

challenge life events meaningful personal growth self-improvement Apr 29, 2020

As much as we might gripe about it, the only constant in life is change.

Most are relatively inconsequential. The weather's a bit colder today so I wear a sweater. The light doesn't work in the closet, so I replace the bulb.

Those are easy adjustments, and we do them automatically without giving them much thought.

But, it's a different matter altogether when we're confronted with major life transitions that catch us off-guard.

Divorce, relocating, the death of a loved one, an empty nest, loss of friends, losing our hearing or eyesight, dating, career changes, looming retirement, or just a feeling you're becoming increasingly irrelevant, invisible, or worse yet - a burden to others.

Those, are just a few of the many significant transitions that can sneak up on us. Even when we try to prepare for them, it may feel like we've bitten off more than we can chew, and it can be overwhelming. 

Most of us are so busy with daily living that we don't realize we're in transition, until that ONE day when we suddenly awaken to find ourselves in the middle of it.

It's kinda like waking up from a prolonged, self-induced coma. We're confused and wonder, "What the hell's going on? and "What do I do now?

We feel trapped in a maze, desperately trying to escape, but just can't seem to find the exit.

Getting stuck in our own heads only intensifies those feelings. Some people give up hope and surrender to depression or even suicide.

Others seek relief in the liquid sanctuary of alcohol, give in to the allure of drugs, or the newest addictions of social media or other digital technologies. What once served as a refuge evolves into our own personal prison.

So, when you do decide it's time to make a change it's important to remember, "You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. 

In our modern, insular society it seems almost normal to spend more and more time in our own private silos, disconnected from others. We wrongfully assume that everyone else seems to be doing well, so something must be wrong with me.

But don't believe the social media hype. Whatever your fears, they originate as words. It's only when you give those words power, that they become your beliefs. 

Your beliefs shape your reality and your reality can determine your destiny.

One of my favorite quotes reminds us, "When one door closes, another one opens." It's those dark hallways in between that scare us. But ya know, there is another way to view transitions.

Confusion and anxiety are good signs if we know what to do with them. They're signals that it's time to take stock and rethink where we are and where we want to be. 

Sometimes it's reassuring to reflect on previous occasions when you've climbed other mountains.

"This new mountain has been assigned so you can prove to yourself and others that it TOO CAN be moved."

It's not a matter of if but when you'll confront a major life transition. The question is, how will you respond?

Let me help you make this stage of your life a time of hope and inspiration.

You can always go it alone and muddle your way through, OR you can work with me.

When my bathroom floods, I don't hesitate to Google plumbers. They're experts in that field.

Helping people get their life on track is my field of expertise. 

My clients save time and effort by leveraging more than 35 years of professional experience and insights to support them throughout the change process.

Together, we'll design an action plan to guide you along your path from where you are now to where you want to go.

I'll walk alongside you to help you clarify your values and goals. I'll also support you as you navigate turbulent waters to more fulfilling destinations.

So, when's the best time to begin?

How long do you wait to address a flooded bathroom? Why do you treat that situation as if it's an emergency but have so little regard for your own life and happiness?

Haven't you wasted enough time waiting for that perfect moment when all the stars are aligned?

Procrastination is a trap. Your mountain only gets higher the longer you wait.

Why waste valuable time stuck in your own indecision? 

I'll leave you today with a brief poem, my son John wrote when he was about ten years old. Even at that young age, he understood the importance of taking decisive action. It's called Magic Wand.

I told my friend I found a magic wand.

He just laughed.  

So, I turned an ugly duck into a swan. 

He still didn't believe me. 

So, I turned a stick into a tree. 

He said, "Yeah right.” 

So, I turned today into tonight. 

Finally, he said, "You're such a liar,” 

Until I turned his hair to fire. 

Now he believes me!! 

You can wait until YOUR hair's on fire or schedule a free consultation today

I'm available either way.

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Until next time stay safe & take care.

Mike

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